Snow sports enthusiasts started queuing well before for the first lift at 9am and with over a metre of snow on groomed trails and pristine snow conditions there were fresh tracks for many. The clear blue skies and a day of sunshine complimented the ideal conditions.
The first on the chair lift were rewarded with a bottle of bubbles as they launched through the official opening banner.
"There were plenty of happy people up here today," said sales and marketing manager Nadia Ellis. "Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces as everyone enjoyed a fantastic opening day. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2009 season."
Meanwhile another kiwi resort, Whakapapa, opens for the season tomorrow with both Happy Valley and the Rock Garden open. The Rip Curl Terrain Park Crew have managed to get a few small features installed too so they'll be ready to play with on opening day.
The grooming team has spread out the snow a whopping two metres thick over Happy Valley. Snowmaking actually had to stop because they ran out of water. The resort has turned 72 million litres of water into snow so far .