Of the three areras operated by NZSki Ltd, Coronet Peak ski area is due to close this Sunday on October 4, with The Remarkables following a week later on October 11, and Mt Hutt on October 18.
James Coddington, NZSki Ltd CEO, said it has been a fantastic season.
"We started with the best openings in over a decade and since then a phenomenal number of people have visited our slopes. Mt Hutt opened two weeks early and both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables started the season with record snowfalls. It's been a massive season and has shown us that recession means nothing to skiers and snowboarders when conditions are prime," he said.
"We've seen some of the world's top skiers and riders passing through our ski areas, not only for the 100% Pure NZ Winter Games but also for international race training as well as various events held at our ski areas. "The world's top competitors are happy to journey to our mountains for their off-season training. They know the facilities are world-class and they can rely on our experienced and willing Race & Events departments to supply what they need."
The ski season is expected to continue for longer still at Mt Ruapehu where the mountain's twin ski areas of Whakapapa and Turoa received another 10cm (four inches) of new snow in the past 24 hours, topping up bases of 1.5 - 2.3m (5-7.5 feet) respectively.
"Monday October 26th is Labour Day in NZ and is the last day of the season for Whakapapa." the resort's Mike Smith told www.skiinfo.co.uk. "However we are looking at keeping Turoa open into "Snovember" again for another 2 - 3 weeks. We can fly (via chopper) a section of our Sun Kid carpet lift up a bit higher to keep some beginner facilities operating as well."
Over 150 (around a third male) competitors took part in yesterdays Rip Curl and K2 Bikini Downhill held simultaneously at Whakapapa and Turoa at the weekend. This is the fourth year the event has been run and the first time at both Ski Areas. All proceeds from event entry fees and spectator donations go to the Breast Cancer Foundation and just on $3000 was raised.
Whakapapa definitely had the better conditions with blue skies and warm spring temperatures while a cool southerly and passing clouds meant Turoa competitors had to trust to the thermal insulatory properties of their swimwear.