SKIING

First snow blankets Mt Ruapehu

Tuesday 28 May 2013, 9:17PM
By PPR New Zealand
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Mt Ruapehu is blanketed in snow following the recent wild weather that has hit the country.

Snow is covering the upper mountain, and today is falling to 800 metres at National Park on the Whakapapa side and in Ohakune on the Turoa side. Snow continues to fall, with more forecast to arrive throughout the week.

Mt Ruapehu General Manager - Operations, Chris Thrupp says the Mt Ruapehu team is gearing up for the season which is scheduled to start on Saturday 29 June.

“Winter has well and truly landed, and it’s awesome to see. There is about 10cm of snow at the base area of the mountain and around 20cm on our upper slopes.  We also estimate there will be upwards of 25cm stashes of snow in places up the top,” says Mr Thrupp.

“We’re experiencing a very timely pre-winter storm and a promising change in the weather systems. It’s perfect weather for snowmaking, and the snow guns are firing at Happy Valley, Whakapapa’s beginner area. The cold temperatures mean we will be able to continue making snow later into the week which is what we need leading in to the winter season.”

“It’s an incredible sight when the clouds roll away to reveal Mt Ruapehu covered in snow, from top to bottom,” he says.

Annah Dowsett, Mt Ruapehu Customer Relations Manager says the communication channels are red-hot, with Mt Ruapehu customers excited to hear more news of the snowfall.

“Whether you want to experience the snow for the first time this winter, or are a regular at the mountain, get ready for some serious fun at Mt Ruapehu this season.”

 

MT RUAPEHU AT A GLANCE


Opening Dates
29 June 2013 Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Area

All Mountain All Day Pass

$97 adult
$58 youth 5-18 yrs
4 yrs and under free

Rental Equipment
Starts at $39 for adults

Lessons
Group ski or snowboard lessons start at $60 per person


For more information and to check upcoming sales, visit www.mtruapehu.com