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July, 2018

Southern Lakes ski areas are revelling in the white stuff, after receiving
more than 45cms of snow during the last 24 hours.
Snowstorms over the past few days have delivered wall-to-wall coverage
across the ski areas, with clear skies overhead conditions are shaping up
to be some of the best.
Treble Cone Ski Area general manager Toby Arnott says the superb snow,
fresh powder and blue skies have created the kind of day that TC fans
dream of.
Everyone up here is having a great time, he says. There were guests
already waiting in line when staff turned up this morning. They were
that keen.
With Australian and New Zealand school holidays in full swing, the
timing couldnt be better.
Half of Wanaka and all our school holiday visitors are up the mountain
today having a whale of a time, says Toby.
Treble Cone safety teams worked around the clock to ensure their
renowned bowls, chutes and natural pipes could be open to riders as
early as possible.
Weve had no less than 15 ski patrol members out on the mountain this
morning undertaking control work. We even called in a helicopter to
ensure we could open the Saddle Basin as soon as possible, says Toby.
The Saddle Basin was cleared by ski patrol and opened by mid-morning.
We have the highest elevation with the most diverse terrain in the area
and when we receive such a huge dump in a short amount of time,
avalanche control is essential to guarantee the safety of our staff and
guests, says Toby.
With more 1500 keen skiers and snowboarders hitting the slopes at
Treble Cone today, the access road has been closed to uphill traffic to
assist with car parking and traffic management.
With a snow boost like this Toby is predicting a bumper winter.


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