The end of June brings the opening of ski resorts in the Southern hemisphere. Lake Wanaka, recently named amongst the top 25 ski resort towns in the world by National Geographic Magazine, is poised to live up to its reputation. Mother Nature has provided a perfect start to the 2012 winter season, delivering over 50 centimeters (around 20 in.) of fresh powder to the region this week.
“It’s magical when the peaks surrounding Wanaka are covered in white. The town is buzzing and we’ve once again become a winter wonderland,” general manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism James Helmore said. “All four ski areas will be open by Friday (June 29) and the new snow will allow the mountains to put plenty of terrain on offer.
Lake Wanaka gets the most snow in New Zealand with over 4 metres (160 in.) in an average season. Its four mountain resorts (Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, Snow Farm and Snow Park) combine to offer a wide variety of skiing, snowboarding and cross country terrain. It is home to many of New Zealand’s elite snow sports athletes. Wanaka offers everything from perfectly groomed beginner slopes to powdery steep slopes that promise to get the adrenaline pumping. Those looking for time in the air can take advantage of world-class park and pipe facilities and, on any given day, will likely be skiing or riding alongside some of the world’s best. Wanaka is also home to New Zealand’s only cross-country ski area, Snow Farm.
Visitors to Lake Wanaka can take advantage of the areas new OnePassNZ, which provides unlimited freedom to ski and ride at eight of the South Islands favourite mountain resorts, including all four Wanaka resorts.“What makes this pass unique is that it allows visitors freedom to ski any of the eight mountains as they choose,” Treble Cone marketing manager Nigel Kerr said. “Beyond that, the pass can also be used to rent gear, take lessons, eat in local restaurants and experience an array of other activities like skydiving, jet boating, spas, vineyards and more.”
For more on Wanaka: www.skilakewanaka.com.
Photo credit for above/featured image to Lake Wanaka.