The first skiers at Mt Hutt are itching to get up the mountain for their first slide of the season.
Ben Yorston was determined to be first, he arrived before midnight, and braved strong winds and a chilly night to claim the first T-shirt.
Coronet Peak in Queenstown and Cardrona in Wanaka are also opening today.
The fields were well set up after a big dump of snow a fortnight ago. Strong north westerlies this week have melted much of mother nature's good work.
But Mt Hutt has the main trails opened and groomed, ready to go.