Winter in Lake Wanaka, home to the most extensive skiable terrain in New Zealand and the highest snowfall annually, is in full swing with good conditions at all four resorts.
"The conditions on the mountains, even prior to the new snow, have been remarkable given the limited natural snow we've received," said Lake Wanaka Tourism's James Helmore.
"A combination of man-made snow and cold temperatures have allowed the resorts to keep their trails in exceptional condition and yesterday's new snow was a perfect top up."
In response to the excellent conditions, the influx of international athletes has begun, with top ski racers including Norway's Olympic Gold Medallist Axel Lund Svindal and two-time Gold Medallist Maria Reisch (Germany) arriving soon with their respective teams to train at Cardrona. Many of the world's top freeskiers, snowboarders and Nordic skiers base themselves in Wanaka for the Southern Hemisphere season.
There is fresh morning corduroy to be found across groomed trails on all four mountains (Cardrona, Snow Park, Snow Farm and Treble Cone).
Parks at both Cardrona and Snow Park, from beginner to elite, are all riding well. The quarter pipe at Snow Park opened last week and the Olympic spec halfpipe at Cardrona is under construction now in preparation for the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Halfpipe World Cups this month.
Treble Cone has had excellent skiing on and off piste particularly in the Saddle Basin and off the Summit. The recent snow on Monday has added another 25 cm of coverage and some great fresh lines, while Cardrona has recently opened its new black diamond trail, 'Powderkeg', a 1.2km trail located in the Arcadia Valley.
Snow Park NZ has 100% coverage with the ability to make snow across all of their terrain. Their popular night skiing run is in peak condition, running three nights a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
The trails at Snow Farm have been sensational later in the day with the colder temperatures at night allowing for excellent cross-country skiing conditions. And, as always, the 360-degree views are breath taking.
Those looking for a unique mountain experience are invited to head up for Snow Farm's Full Moon Fondue, skiing and snowshoeing by moonlight on the Pisa range, followed by fondue at the lodge.
The World Heli Challenge, the first of many international competitions on Wanaka's winter calendar, kicked off this week, bringing its own breed of legendary skiers and snowboarders to the region. Other international events include the Burton High Fives, The North Face Freeski Open and the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle World Cups (the first qualifying events for the 2014 Winter Olympics).
Visitors to Wanaka can now take advantage of the new OnePassNZ allowing them the flexibility of use at all four ski areas in Wanaka as well as four in McKenzie country and Canterbury.
OnePassNZ can also be used to rent gear, take lessons, eat in local restaurants and experience an array of other activities that Lake Wanaka is famous for; like skydiving, jet boating, spas, vineyards and more.
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