Things Looking Good Across The Tasman As Kiwis Enjoy A Solid July

August 2nd, 2020


One of those days you remember. Mt Hutt, July 28. Photo: NZSki


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While it’s been a tough, low-tide winter in Australia things have been a lot different across the Tasman and a good season is unfolding in New Zealand.  Early strict lockdowns have Covid 19 under control, there are no restrictions other than international travel and there have been plenty of fun days in all resorts thanks to consistent snowfalls over the past few weeks.

Initial concerns that the lack of international visitors would impact the Southern Lakes resorts and the towns of Wanaka and Queenstown proved unfounded in school holidays thanks to a  big boost in domestic tourism.

“We’ve just had the biggest July school holidays on record, way up on last year and the mountains would be even more,” said Gizelle Regan from Wanaka tourism. “New Zealanders are really getting behind travelling around NZ and taking a winter holiday when other years they had probably gone to Bali and Japan.”


Powder burn in Treble Cone last week, one of the best days in years.

Here is Australia we have been watching with a fair share of snow-envy and there has been some great footage in our NZ video reports over the past two weeks. Snowfalls have led to some excellent  powder days, presenter Nick Hyne this week describing the conditions as the, “best in years – blue skies, a lot of powder days and a lot of frothers getting after it.”


However, there’s always a few bumps in every winter and the weather changed late last week with rain and warm northerlies over the past three days. This did some damage to the snow pack and even saw Treble Cone closed on the weekend. Fortunately this seems to be just a hiccup with another front and more snow due this week, the Grasshopper’s extended forecast for the Southern Lakes calling for solid snowfalls next weekend:

“There’ll be some decent snowfalls blowing in from the west, before a second low crosses the country next weekend and really gets things going with icy southerlies. If the current forecast stands, this will be the dump of the season so far and will give us that much-needed boost.”

As the trans-Tasman bubble is now a fading dream for this winter, we thought we’d give you a taste of what might have been with a few photos from the past two weeks. As they say, there’s always next year.


Cardrona’s park attracts the world best skiers and snowboarders each year, but in 2020 it’s local’s only. That hasn’t stopped the park crew putting a lot of work and it is looking pretty good.


Beau James Wells, morning laps on Cardrona’s jump line. Photo: Stef Zeestraten


Treble Cone last week and judging from the packed chairlift it didn’t remain untracked for very long.


Coronet Peak, enticing under a fresh layer of snow. Photo: NZSki


Slicing the groomers in the Remarkables. Photo: NZski


Treble Cone’s terrain comes into its own on a powder day.


A spectacular start to the day in The Remarkables. Photo: @atownssamstevenson


The new Sugar Bowl express chair opened in The Remarkables yesterday.


A powder day with a view in Treble Cone, Jul 26. Photo: Danny Warley


Another powder shot from last week in Treble Cone to wrap things up. Judging for the forecast, next weekend could be just as good. Photo: Danny Warley