Over in Queenstown, Coronet Peak also opened on June 6th following favourable cold weather and consistent snowfalls.
Ski Area Manager Hamish McCrostie said,
"We have a great upper mountain average snow base of 80cm and lower mountain average of 50cm and we're expecting more snow later in the week. The mountain is covered, our crew are all on board and we're absolutely ready to get into the 09 winter season."
Refining and improving nature's contribution, Coronet Peak's state-of-the-art snowmaking system is more efficient this year with the addition of a new water reservoir and new pumps.
"We have expanded our snowmaking capacity this year and also have two new groomers joining our modern fleet perfecting the slopes." Mr McCrostie added.