It’s a powder day paradise for New Zealand snowboarders. The mountains between Lake Tekapo and Christchurch have been getting dumped on this month, with a particularly impressive snowstorm recently blowing up the charts.
Mt. Hutt, Roundhill, and Mt. Dobson ski areas experienced heavy snowfall this past weekend, reporting over 25″ of snowfall at each resort. As far as base depth, Mt. Hutt and Mt. Dobson have made it to the top of the lists.
Mt. Dobson had the most with 60″ of fresh snow, but they had to close on Sunday due to serious wind effect. According to the snow report on Mt. Dobson’s website, resort officials have opened back up with all lifts open, packed powder conditions, and 87″ of snow at the summit.
Roundhill Ski Area remained closed on Sunday, as well, with resort officials claiming to have encountered wind drifts that measured over 120″ deep. Luckily for locals, they opened up again Monday, reporting 50″ of new snow at the base of the resort with a chance of more snow to come this evening.
Mt. Hutt recored 25″ and was the only area that managed to clear snow and stay open over the weekend. It took strong road crews to handle the snow drifts, some of which measured over 26 feet deep, but they got it done. Roads are open and lifts are running. This storm leaves us wondering if the Southern Hemisphere will have as good a winter as its neighbor to the north!