by Greta Yeoman
Blue skies and good snow have put three of South Canterbury’s skifields in high hopes for the rest of ski season.
Roundhill Ski Area manager Simon Murrell said the there had been “plenty of people” up the mountain, near Lake Tekapo, since the field opened on June 30, enjoying good skiing and “great views”.
“[It has been] going great.”
Down the road, Mt Dobson had opened on July 6, and had been offering a “nice lot of snow” and “beautiful blue skies” since, general manager Mike Smith said.
Conditions had been “pretty good” for the past two weeks, he said.
Unfortunately, things were not quite as good at club-run Fox Peak.
President Alistair Miller had previously said it was hoped the field would be open by the school holidays, but he told The Courier on Monday that that had not happened.
“No, it’s not even looking like it [will be open soon] .. we need quite a lot of snow to even get going.”
Further south, Ohau Snow Fields was off to a “great start”, co-owner Mike Neilson said.
The field, overlooking Lake Ohau, had a “great cover” of snow and a “lot of sunny days”, he said.
“[The season] is looking just fine.”
There had also been Australian visitors skiing at Mt Dobson, as Queensland schools had been closed for holidays last week and New South Wales pupils were on holiday this week, Mr Smith said.
He was looking forward to the start of the school term on Monday, as the field had bookings – many on a weekly basis – from South Canterbury schools, keeping them booked up almost every weekday throughout the term.
The independent Mt Dobson Ski and Snowboard Club, based at the mountain, has announced its 2018 ski scholarship winners.
Julia Munro, Max Munro, Jessica Box and Cole Whitnack won full scholarships, granting them five free day passes and four free lessons, along with free family club membership.
four free lessons and free family club membership, went to Scott McLachlan, Olivia McLachlan, Jozef Swallow and Emma Swallow.
Mr Murrell, from Roundhill, encouraged South Canterbury residents to make the most of the good conditions on the fields.
“Come on up and enjoy a great day and some great views.”