‘Brilliant’ ski season at Ohau

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The addition of more snow-making machines has meant Ohau Snow Fields have had a “brilliant” season, owner-operator Mike Neilson says.

Mr Neilson said they put in another kilometre of snow-making machines in order to provide reliable snow all winter.

“We’ve had a brilliant season.

“It’s been good because of the additional snow making development we’ve done.

“We were able to provide a consistent cover of snow.”

The machines previously covered the beginner trails but the new ones covered areas more suited to intermediate skiers, he said.

Members of the US ski team, who spent five weeks training at Ohau over winter, also loved the additional snow-making capabilities.

They told him it was the best race training they’ve had in the Southern Hemisphere, he said.

“It’s well-suited for training.”

They’ve already booked to come back next year, which is great, because they were very helpful for Ohau’s own team of racers, he said.

“They’re great people to work with.”

The Ohau Snow Fields will holding their first slope style competition on Saturday to mark the end of the season the following day.

Ohau Smashing is a free expression box smash and rail jam open to anyone.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Mr Neilson said.

“It’s a fun event for the end of the season.”

Registrations open on the day and they are expecting 30-40 competitors, starting at 9am.

Spectators are welcome but they will need to be able to ski or snowboard to get to the viewing area.

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD

READY TO SKI: Katelyn Popplewell-Kidd, 12, Taylah Arlidge, 12, and Samantha Marshall, 13, had a great day with the Youthtown Oamaru Shredding Ohau holiday programme at the Ohau Snow Fields on Wednesday.