I have to be in Christchurch over the weekend of 14/15 June for work - what a shame!! ha ha. I am attempting to get an extra few days there, of course, as I see that is the scheduled opening of the ski season....I was thinking of not booking accommodation or a return flight until I got there and had a better idea of snow conditions on the fields there. I have only been skiing a couple of times in my life (Queenstown) and would love another try near Christchurh. Would it be too risky not to book a/c? Which snow field would you recommend for a mature age lady on her own, that is a novice?