Tuesday, November 25, 2008

2008 Winter Season is Best on Record in New Zealand

Huge snow falls provided a solid white base for the best ever winter season in New Zealand. Ski Areas Association members sold 1,402,000 passes, up 116,000 from last year‘s 1,286,000.
The 2008 result surpasses by 1,000 the previous record of 1,401,000 ski area passes sold in 2006.
Skiers and snowboarders experienced fantastic snow conditions at all areas during the season. Ski areas were well underway with most lifts and terrain open for the July school holidays thanks to both natural and machine-made snow.
More snow than usual fell during the rest of the season. Skiers and riders had top quality conditions until October in the South Island and mid November in the North Island when the season ended.
"Providing quality conditions for skiers and riders is paramount especially at peak times such as holidays and weekends", says Ski Areas Association spokesperson Miles Davidson. "Everyone is more enthusiastic and wants to participate more often when conditions are right".
Snowmaking is making a huge difference to the industry. Areas can open slopes in June in time for the school holidays in early July. Snow bases can be built up when conditions allow, resulting in a longer season. It also provides the ability to improve snow quality throughout the season particularly in high traffic areas.