Ski season at ski resorts Perisher Blue in Australia and Coronet Peak in New Zealand started on 7th June. Since middle of May snow guns full blasted snow for the coming season. Coronet Peak can boast of 60 cm of already built snow base, which is the best snow cover for the season beginning according to resort’s representatives.
Such good results became possible due to 141 new Italian snow guns produced by TechnoAlpin, well-known snowmaking and snow gun supplier. This equipment was bought as a part of Coronet Peak’s $30million redevelopment. James Coddington of NZSki Ltd., which operates this ski area, said that all these improvements resulted in “more skiable terrain from opening day and vastly improved skiing and riding surfaces throughout the season.”
In Australia many ski areas are heading for the opening, some of them are already opened for skiing. In some areas there were rather heavy snowfalls but alas the snow layer had almost completely melted. But snow guns can improve this situation immensely. At Perisher Blue rather low temperatures allowed to make decent snow base. John Palmer, who is in charge for snowmaking there, reported "We have been lucky to have such consistently good conditions for snowmaking since we started on 13 May 2008."