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By ROBYN BRISTOW

One more good dump of snow and Mt Lyford will open for the ski season.

Hamish Simpson, who manages the North Canterbury field, says there is already a good covering and he is hopeful snow forecast this week will be the icing on the cake. “Snow-dependent, we could open at the beginning of July.”

This would be in time for the school holidays later in the month. However, it could open sooner if this week’s snow made the slopes viable for skiing.

Mr Simpson says pre-season preparations are nearly finished, and staff recruitment is done, which had taken a bit of time because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Ski-hire gear had been upgraded, with around 120 sets of skis available for hire. The popular tubing luge using hard-bottomed tubes, alongside the learners slope, was all set to go, along with the lifts and tows to take experienced skiers up the mountain.

The Lake Stella mountain huts, managed by Tim Simpson, are already proving popular. The four huts were busy with guests last Saturday night and there were several who stayed again on Sunday night. “People are wanting to get out and about and enjoy the mountain atmosphere after lockdown,” says Hamish.