Ohau Snow Fields staff are cranking up the snow-maker to prepare for some international visitors.
For the fourth year, Ohau will host skiers from United States national teams, who opt to train in New Zealand during their country’s summer.
Ohau managing director Mike Neilson said there would be up to a dozen squads at the Ohau field from August 8 to September 16, including the World Cup women’s speed and technical teams, World Cup men’s technical team, World Cup slalom skiers, universities representatives, and the Europa Cup
Each would stay in stages, then head to Roundhill (Tekapo) and Coronet Peak (Queenstown).
The Americans liked their snow “fairly deep and hard and fast”, Mr Neilson said. It would be a challenge to get the Ohau course ready in time, with the late arrival of snow this year.
The snow-maker was used to coat the main trail for the school holidays from July 9. There was “not a flake of natural snow” for four days after that, but since then it been falling every two to three days, Mr Neilson said.