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MICEBTN - May-June • Page 37 C M Y CM MY CY CMY K K.L. Malaysia & Surrounds 13cm x 18.5cm 2016.ai 1 9/5/16 2:54 PM Real and machine-made snow as South Island prepares for ski season NATURAL snow, cold temperatures and “heaps more fire power” are getting Mt Hutt, Coro- net Peak and The Remarkables ready for the ski season, as the popular south Island ski fields flick on the snow-making guns to get ready for the 2018 winter season. In Queenstown, additional snow on the al- ready-dusted Coronet Peak and The Remark- ables has kicked of the pre-season snow-mak- ing. Ski area manager of Coronet Peak, Nigel Kerr, switched the guns on a little earlier than usual. “Our normal snowmaking start is around the end of May but if we have the opportunity for a pre-season test we will always take it. The ground is cold enough now that any snow will start to stay.” The Snomax system at Coronet , which continues to hold the record for the biggest snow making sys- tem in the southern hemisphere, has been installed in all four pump houses increasing snowmaking capacity by up to 20 per cent. In addition, five new lances and two new Fan guns will improve the mobile snow-gun fleet and ensure more terrain is open earlier in the season. “The investment is paying off, as it really is enabling the ski field to make more snow early on,” said Kerr. Snow making allows the ski fields to supplement natural snow and create a better base for a scheduled opening and a more reliable season, providing greater guarantee of snow for guests as well as sports and other on-snow events.