Usually by June/July, North American ski resorts are making transitions for their summer seasons, however this season many are still open and rocking and rolling for skiing and boarding. The hustle and bustle and Mother Nature needs to begin to turn towards our friends in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, Chile) very soon. Like yesterday, soon.
Ski resorts just beginning to open for their regular seasons of snow play in the Southern Hemisphere are lacking the perfect snow conditions right now and are beginning to receive cancellations on bookings. Unfortunately a few weeks ago there was trouble in Chile with a volcano erupting and earthquakes in New Zealand some months ago, but the need to get on track is in everyone’s minds.
Mt. Hutt, a very popular skiing/boarding destination in New Zealand was due to open this past June 11 but there is not enough snow. ”We had fairly strong bookings four to five weeks ago,” Matt Owens of Value Tours said. “Generally the majority of bookings came in mid-February to mid-May, but this had been pushed back due to the Christchurch earthquakes. And now the lack of snow had compounded the issue.”
Valle Nevado in Chile is still expecting to open for their season this Friday, June 24. According to Kristina Schreck of Valle Nevado North America, they are expecting lots of snow the beginning of this week and are gearing up with no expected no delays.
As of now, Mt. Hutt has postponed their opening as well as Snowpark with no new set date. It’s no picnic when things are on hold. Let’s all hope the snow Chile is getting will then make it’s way to our friends in New Zealand.
(The picture above, from Mt. Hutt’s Base and Learners webcam the end of May 2011)