There’s nothing unusual about water skiing in January – but there is something unusual and unseasonal about snow skiing.
Avid skiers are heading to Canterbury’s mountains this morning after an unexpected dumping of snow overnight.
Staff at the region’s biggest ski field, Mt Hutt, say the dumping has left around 20cm of snow on some parts of the mountain.
“In the base area, we’ve got around 10cm on the balcony,” ski area manager James McKenzie says. “We think there’s probably a little bit more up high, we’re just heading up there on the snowmobile now.”
There was fresh snow on the mountains around Wanaka when I was there last week.
We had heavy rain at home yesterday and the autumnal feel in the air when I walked round the farm this morning had more than a little to do with the fresh snow on the Kakanui mountains.
Day after day of warm sunny weather we enjoyed last summer is a distant memory.
If anyone’s seen summer, please send it this way.