Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Images: Mt Ruapehu Basks In Blanket Of White

For immediate release Monday 28 May 2001


Mt Ruapehu has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

Under clear blue skies this morning the mountain revealed 42cm of snow on the snow-stake at the Whakapapa Ski Area.

Turoa has 10-15cm at the base area with an estimated 30cm on the upper mountain.

Snow fell on and off throughout the weekend with strong winds on Saturday filling up gullies at both ski areas.

At nine am this morning the temperature reading at Knoll Ridge was -5 degrees with temperatures reaching as low as -9 degrees overnight.

The first significant snowfall of the season has set the Mt Ruapehu district abuzz in anticipation of a bumper ski season.

Snow brought added excitement to the launch of the Ruapehu Marketing Group on Friday, a collective of businesses and operators working together to attract visitors to the region. The snowfall is the best news the group could have hoped for.

Whakapapa and Turoa Ski Areas will open on Friday 22nd June as planned. The opening of some facilities will be determined by weather and snow conditions.


For inquiries contact

Helena Carroll --- Kim Manunui
Marketing Co-ordinator-Turoa --- Marketing Co-ordinator-Whakapapa
ph 07 8923-410 ext 849 --- ph 07 8923-410 ext 845
Fax 07 8923-738 ---- fax 07 8923-732
Mob 025 941 529

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

At Bats: Locke - The World Theatrical Premiere

On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul... More>>

Other Elections: Kea Crowned Bird Of The Year

These large, green mountain parrots are known for their curiosity and intelligence. Once numbering in the hundreds of thousands, they are now classified as Nationally Endangered with just 3,000 - 7,000 birds remaining. More>>


Howard Davis Review: Conflict & Resistance - Ria Hall's Rules of Engagement

From the aftermath of war through colonisation to her own personal convictions, Hall's new CD addresses current issues and social problems on multiple levels, confirming her position as a polemical and preeminent voice on the indigenous NZ music scene. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Another Time, Another Place - David Friesen Trio Live

"It has been said of David Friesen that he does for the art of bass playing what Pythagoras did for the triangle" - Patrick Hinley, Jazz Times. At Wellington's newest jazz venue, the cozy and intimate Pyramid Cub, the trio clicked together from the opening bars, presenting many of the tunes from their marvelous new recording. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>