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Ski fields welcome Spring snow

Laura Grigg

Mt Hutt ski area manager says fresh dump of snow will bring "fantastic conditions".

3pm Update: We have now received around 27cms of wind-affected snow. Our storm troopers on the mountain have commenced avalanche control work and have begun clearing the upper section of the access road which is quite drifted-in. The lower part of the access road has been cleared up to Canterbury View.There's another 5-10cms of snow in the forecast tonight - bring it on! 11am Update: Snow showers are starting to peter out - looks like around 25cms accumulation in total at this stage - heavily wind affected. Visibility still not that special but we gerating up to start clearing the bluffs. Snowing and blowing today! 20cms (or thereabouts) of new snow and more to come this morning. Mtn closed today - low vis and access issues. Weather for the week ahead looks promising...

Posted by Mt Hutt on Sunday, 2 September 2018
Mt Hutt storm troopers clearing the access road on Monday.

A Spring storm brought heavy rain, low temperatures and strong winds to Canterbury.

The wild weather forced many ski fields to close, but Mt Hutt manager James Mckenzie was exicted. The cold snap brought 27cm new snow.

"The snow is definitely going to help everywhere and off-peak trails especially where we have started to see icy patches and stony areas appear," McKenzie said.

"This snow will be really helpful for the next six weeks of the season and will certainly give us extra stuff to look forward too," he said.

Broken River ski field was closed on Monday with heavy snow and strong southerly winds but is expected to open on Tuesday with about 20cm of fresh snow.

Broken River manager Craig Clark said the field had been looking bare with tussock starting to poke through the snow.

"... so every little bit [snow] will count going into the Spring", Clark said.

Mt Olympus received 12cm of snow.