Snow Park NZ’s 2007 season kicked off in Lake Wanaka this weekend with a record number of skiers and snowboarders turning out to enjoy their first tracks on fresh snow.

Since last Thursday three weather systems have hit the region delivering over 40cm of natural snow to the terrain park, the only Wanaka ski field currently open.

Snow Park NZ received a good number of visitors, over 800, during the first three days of opening. Both Saturday and Sunday’s numbers of guests were significantly higher than last year, up 20% and 50% respectively.

Sam Lee Snow Park NZ’s manager said that despite the wintry conditions and the road closures in the area, there were plenty of people keen to get their snow season underway. “The boarders and skiers were delighted to be carving it up on the fresh snow and trying out the new features. It was a great start to the season, he said.

All areas of the terrain park are open including the ‘Half Pint Park’, a dedicated area for novices. The park has many features in place; these will be added to and refreshed throughout the season.

The average base is 50cm with pockets of deep wintry snow over 2.5 metres in some areas.

For further information, snow reports and road conditions visit www.snowparknz.com.