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The Season Is Under Way, Down Under

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Posted: Jun 09, 2006 - 10:51 PM GMT

PERISHER BLUE , Australia,ski resort has already launched its 2006/2007 ski season, opening Thursday June 8th, thanks to some great early season conditions. Thredbo is next in line, with its traditional Queen’s Birthday opening weekend on Saturday 10th....

The early start in Perisher was thanks to a 25cm snowfall last week and chilly overnight temperatures. This allowed the snowmaking team to boost the natural cover with man-made snow. Not a lot running as yet, but one lift was open on Front Valley on Thursday, and the Village Eight Express, Australia’s biggest chairlift, should be starting operations today. Lifts at Smiggin Holes will open on demand this weekend and further lifts will operate as conditions allow.

THREDBO

Over in Thredbo the resort has made some big changes for the start of the new season.Already possessing the most extrensive snowmaking facilities in the country, which last year covered 25% of the terrain, the summer upgrade has increased its capacity and it can now produce 50% more snow (if conditions are right, of course). This is part of Thredbo's three stage £2.5M implementation of a fully automated snowmaking system, with stage one finished for the start of the current season.

Resort Stats

Winter Season Dates: 10 June 2006 – 2 October 2006
Riding Terrain: 480 hectares
Vertical Drop: 672 metres
Base Elevation: 1,365 metres
Summit Elevation: 2,037 metres
Day Ticket: Aus$ 91 (£36.75)
Beginner/novice: 16%
Intermediate: 67%
Advanced/expert: 17%
Longest Run: 5.9 kilometres (Karel’s T-bar to Friday Flat.)
Lifts: 14
Permanent population: 200
Average Snowfall: 203cm
2005 Top Snow Depth: 150.2cm
Snowmaking: 25% of the resort

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Posted: Jun 10, 2006 - 12:18 PM GMT

Off to Australia?
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Posted: Jun 11, 2006 - 6:49 PM GMT


Coronet Peak, New Zealand snow-fest plans hampered by lack of snow!!!
09 June 2006
By LIN FERGUSON

A big opening snow-fest at Coronet Peak tomorrow had now slipped further away, with the lack of snow and none predicted this weekend, Coronet Peak Ski Manager Duncan Smith said yesterday.

Coronet Peak was due to open on Saturday but with no snow it was going to be a no-go this weekend, he said.

Unfortunately the forecast snow and winter temperatures last weekend had delivered less than expected, Mr Smith said.

At least 20 to 30cm of natural snow or 50 to 70 hours of good snowmaking were needed before the skifield could open.

There was already a snow base of 30cm on the upper mountain with 5 to 10cm on the lower mountain.

Queenstown forecaster David Crow said no snow was forecast this week and that it was frosts only until at least the middle of next week.

"It's going to have to be the man-made stuff again on the ski fields at this rate."




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Posted: Jun 14, 2006 - 3:08 PM GMT

South Island Of New Zealand Hit Hard with SNOW!!!
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Posted: Jun 14, 2006 - 3:21 PM GMT

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand Starts Strong for 2006 Ski Season
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Posted: Jun 14, 2006 - 9:13 PM GMT

Southern power damage worse than thought
NewsRoom.co.nz Agency Story
The lines company Alpine Energy says the snow damage to its power network is worse than first thought.

Chief executive Greg Skelton says crews discovered an area north of Timaru today where 50 power poles have collapsed from the heavy snowfall.

Mr Skelton says in the south Canterbury region about 1500 people will be without power tonight and some will not have supplies restored for several more days.

He says powerlines in alpine regions such as the MacKenzie country have been repaired quite quickly because they are built to cope with heavy snow, but it's a different story in coastal regions.

Mr Skelton says extra staff are being brought in to help restore power.




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