Coronavirus: Some ski areas close, others operate with restrictions under alert level 2

Coronavirus: Some ski areas close, others operate with restrictions under alert level 2

BROOK SABIN
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Some southern ski fields have closed on Wednesday as they prepare to operate in alert level 2.

Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak, Cardrona and Treble Cone are closed but hope to reopen on Thursday. The Remarkables is closed on week days.

The Porters and Ohau ski areas in the South Island and Tūroa and Whakapapa ski areas on Mt Ruapehu in the North Island are open but with social distancing and contact tracing conditions in place.

The restrictions include only one person or two from a bubble on a chairlift together.

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The Ohau ski area website notes that queues are not expected to form.

A Coronet Peak Facebook post says alert level 2 protocols were developed before the ski season started, but given the short notice of this move the responsible thing to do was to close for the day to prepare the staff and mountain.

Monday and Tuesday will be used as training days for the athletes with the forecast predicting Wednesday as an optimal day for the Big Air up at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

The Obsidian Big Air, the first of five Winter Games NZ 2020 challenges, continued at Cardrona Alpine Resort on Wednesday after practice days earlier in the week.

Spokeswoman Sophie Luther said it was decided, in conjunction with the team at Cardrona, that the event could continue as a private event of less than 100 people.

Video recordings of the event will be available.

Mt. Hutt ski field received a healthy dumping of fresh snow on Tuesday.
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Mt. Hutt ski field received a healthy dumping of fresh snow on Tuesday.

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