The ski industry is cautiously optimistic it will be able to open for a locals' season under alert level 2, and for visitors under level 1.
It has been meeting with the government to understand how ski fields can be run safely and consistently under Covid-19 restrictions.
NZ Ski runs Coronet Peak, the Remarkables in Queenstown and Mt Hutt in Canterbury, and its chief executive Paul Anderson said it was expecting a quarter of the normal number of visitors in Queenstown and half at Mt Hutt.
He said work would be done to ensure social distancing.
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