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Twenty-three new snowmaking guns will operate on Mt Hutt this winter, improving trails for skiers and riders. The skifield is also creating new terraces in a mini terrain park for beginners and novices.

Ski area manager Dave Wilson said the new developments on the mountain would appeal to riders and skiers of all ability levels. "Expanding our snowmaking arsenal means skiers and riders will enjoy more consistent main trail coverage for longer.

The new snow guns work quickly and efficiently, improving start-up time so that when conditions are right, we're straight on to it." He said the skifield would aim to have its 10,000 square metres of terrain open early in the 2008 season.

The skifield is set to open on June 14. "We're expecting the new mini terrain park to be a huge hit with our youth and novice contingent," Mr Wilson said. The mini terrain park is designed to make progression from novice level through to intermediate terrain riding as easy and as much fun as possible.

Two new terraces will be added to the main park, including new trails for intermediate riders and to help bridge progression to advanced level. The race training area will be continually improved, including injection bars to help prepare the snow surface and create World Cup conditions.

Mt Hutt will once again host the highest ranking ski race in Australasia - the ANC Cup finals - in early September and will also be home to the Volkswagen Nationals Super G finals.

Other changes for 2008 include the transformation of the upstairs area of Huber's Hutt into a Corporate Function Room; high country style hospitality will continue in the Hutt's lower level.