Taranaki’s humble Manganui skifield is the first in the country to open for the season. Yesterday Mt Taranaki’s skifield opened thanks to a 25cm dumping of snow the previous day. Other skifields around the country in both the north and south are still almost a month behind, with most opening in mid to late June.

Manganui ski field operators had initially hoped to open today, but got in a day early after the weather cleared up. Stratford Mountain Club member Jack Cran said the field was opened about 11am. “It was lovely, the wind turned south-west and it cleared,” Mr Cran said.About 50 people took the opportunity to get a taste of the fresh powder. Mr Cran said the snow had fallen without any wind and the field had a good even covering. The learners’ tow and T-bar were open yesterday with a had 30 to 50cm snow base and Mr Cran said he hoped the top tow would be open today. Mr Cran said the snow had fallen without any wind and the field had a good even covering. The learners’ tow and T-bar were open yesterday with a had 30 to 50cm snow base and Mr Cran said he hoped the top tow would be open today.
The North Island other two skifields, Turoa and Whakapapa, on Mt Ruapehu, are not looking to open until June 20 and June 27 respectively.

In the South Island Mt Hutt had a 110cm snow base and staff were considering an opening the skifield early but a June 13 launch still looks to be on the cards.

In Central Otago, both Cardrona and Treble Cone are looking to open around June 27 and Coronet Peak and The Remarkables in Queenstown will open their slopes June 6 and June 20 respectively.
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