The ski season begins

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Queenstown; starting the new season already

As we bask in some welcome sunshine after a long winter and unseasonably low temperatures, for those ski affecionados it isn’t time to pack their kit away, it’s time to look elsewhere.
With less than a week to go, resorts in the Australian state of Victoria and the south island of New Zealand are two places to which skiers will be casting glances.
Victoria’s official snow season will kick off on June 8. The Victorian Alps are home to three major snow resorts – Mount Buller, Mount Hotham and Falls Creek – all of which are easily accessible from Melbourne. As with other resorts, it isn’t enough just to offer slopes. Visitors can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, terrain parks and husky dog sled tours. But there are other resorts in Victoria and on the border with New South Wales. Perisher and Smiggin Holes are two of those resorts but as yet, there isn’t a great deal of snow around. As the season progresses, these will be two of the busiest resorts as will Thredbo which opens next weekend and, this year, has had some May snowfalls.
One place that has had a lot of snow already is Queenstown in New Zealand. Although their winter season doesn’t officially get under way until the 2st of June, (just as we are celebrating the summer solstice!) they have already been blanketed with snow down in the town. Up in the mountains, Coronet Peak opens next weekend with other nearby fields opening over following weekends.
But Queenstown is also home to one of the biggest ski festivals, certainly in the southern hemisphere. From the 21st, there are ten days of fireworks, parades, shows and fun to welcome in the new season. Some 30,000 people will head to the town and not just from other parts of New Zealand. Australians will make the journey across the water to be at the fun as will die-hards from the northern hemisphere who are just trying to continue their year-round addiction to skiing.
So as we hope for for more sunchine and temperates climbing into the 20’s, those down under in Austalian and New Zealand snow fields will be hoping for the same. But their wish is for the twenties to be in Fahrenheit!

Image © Destination Queenstown

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