Over the past two days Mt Hutt has received well over 73cm of new snow including 11cm last night (August 14) bringing the snow base to a total of 2metres at the summit and 1.9metres at the base.
"The mountain is covered wall-to-wall, top to bottom," said Mt Hutt ski area manager James Mackenzie.
"With this amount of snow, conditions for our local and overseas visitors simply don't get any better. Groomed snow conditions today are amazing and everyone who's up here is
having an absolute ball.
"We've had extra staff working day and night over the past two days on de-icing and snow clearing, after Monday's snowfall combined with winds we saw snowdrifts up to 5m deep around the mountain and on the access road.
"It took us until yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) to get up the access road and arrive at the base building car park with a fresh crew to swap out the night crew and start lift and building clearing.
"The mountain's been transformed into a real winter wonderland and the timing couldn't be better. We're still in mid-winter but a fall like this will ensure some sensational spring skiing well into September and October, perfect for our loyal local skiers and snowboarders and those on their annual ski holiday from Australia and elsewhere."
Mr Mackenzie said weather conditions were forecast to be clear for the remainder of the week and said he was "thrilled" with the effort by his team to get the mountain open today.
"Our road crew worked around the clock to get the access road clear," he said. "Safety is always our number one priority so our patrol team has been flat out doing avalanche control work in the Bluffs and on our ski area, because we all knew there were keen skiers and riders just champing at the bit to get up here for fresh powder and first tracks.
"Today's a stunner and this weekend should be absolutely epic!"