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Let’s take a look at the different times of the season and the pros and cons of each.
If you’ve been amping for the snow all summer and just can’t wait, there’s no time like the very beginning of the season, in mid-late June, to hit the slopes!
Pros – Beat the rush. Often the crowds don’t arrive till the school holidays so you could almost have the slopes to yourself.
Cons - Depending on the pre-season snow fall the conditions may be a little patchy and sometimes not all of the terrain will be open.
July School holidays
If you’ve got kids, chances are it will suit you to head to the snow during the school holidays. But remember, it will suit lots of other people too!
Pros – A family ski holiday is the best kind of school holiday! There are lots of kids' ski/snowboard programmes and events, and a fun, family-friendly vibe on the mountain.
Cons – It is likely there will be more people on the slopes. Accommodation is often more expensive during school holidays.
August is a great time of year to enjoy the full winter experience – brisk, frosty mornings, dry powdery snow and après ski in front of a big open fire. It’s also great for star-spotting as snow athletes come to town for high profile winter ski and snowboard events.
Cons – This is considered peak season so accommodation rates are higher.
September is the beginning of spring with longer days and warmer temperatures. It is a good time to get up the mountain, take advantage of Spring Specials and ski or snowboard on uncrowded slopes.
Pros – The snow base is likely to be well established by this time of year with plenty of terrain open, uncrowded slopes, shorter lift lines and smaller group lesson sizes. Look out for spring specials on accommodation and group ski and snowboard lessons.
Cons – Spring weather can be a little unpredictable, it could be sunny, stormy, or somewhere in between!
October is the best kept secret in the Southern Lakes! Pack your jandals and your ski or snowboard boots! Not only are there warmer temperatures and longer days with daylight saving, you can enjoy uncrowded slopes, skiing and snowboarding in a t-shirt! On the other hand, do be prepared for the occasional snow storm, as the Southern Lakes often gets the biggest snowfalls of the season at this time of year!
Pros – Ski or snowboard for the day and mountain bike or hike at lower elevations in the afternoon. Fewer people means uncrowded slopes. As a bonus, some ski resorts open extended hours.... and remember Cardrona Alpine Resort is extending its season until the 13th of October!
Cons – The snow could be slushy rather than dry powder and the weather may be changeable!
Whether you prefer to have a mid-winter adventure that includes icicles dripping from the alpine lodge, brisk frosty days, and apres ski in front of a roaring fire.... or you'd prefer to hit the slopes in spring and ski or ride in a t-shirt, the Southern Lakes Mountain Resorts offer a great skiing and snowboarding experience!
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