Rainbow geared up for stellar season

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A new snow pump and snow gun along with a good few weeks of snowfall are all signs for a good start to the season at Rainbow Ski Field.

Rainbow marketing and events coordinator Georgie Tudor-Jones says the rate snow is falling at the moment is unusual for early June.

“It’s quite rare to have this much snow at this time of year. It’s a lot more white than usual.”

She says staff at the ski field have been prepping opening day on July 4 with the mechanics working on the snow grooming machines.

“It’s defiantly a good start, we’ve had a good frozen base for a few weeks now and it’s been coming down on and off all day. It’s around 10cm deep now. Once we get snowmaking the depth will be about 45 or 50cm deep.”

All snow parks in New Zealand utilise snowmaking facilities and this year Rainbow are using their new snow gun to extending the range of snow.

“We extended our snow making to the top, last year it was only up to tower six. Even if we don’t have enough natural snow we’re going to have man made snow right from the top from day one,” Georgie says.