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Mt Ruapehu snow base to hit 2 metres

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25 August 2012

Mt Ruapehu snow base to hit 2 metres

Mt Ruapehu is looking forward to the weeks ahead with the snow on the mountain almost at the two metre mark for the first time this season. To celebrate the mountain has launched a campaign called ‘Something to Yodel about’, which aims to get people to the snow so they can experience the great conditions for themselves.

Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are covered in fresh snow from top to bottom, and the beginner slopes on both sides of the mountain are packed with snow.

Mt Ruapehu General Manager, Dave Mazey says the snow fall over the past week has made a significant difference to the snow base and the mountain is in the best form of the season.

“The snow base has increased significantly over the past few days and the conditions for skiing and boarding couldn’t be better. To top it off the outlook for the rest of the weekend is looking spectacular, with more snow forecast for Monday followed by sunshine and blue skies through to next week,” he says.

“In addition, independent reports have suggested that current snow conditions at Mt Ruapehu are some of the best in country.”

Mt Ruapehu is gearing up to host the Mt Ruapehu Xtreme competition next month, when world champion free ride skiers and boarders will descend on Mt Ruapehu to ride the gnarliest terrain of the whole Free Ride World Tour. The event takes place at Whakapapa Ski area and runs from the 10th - 15th September 2012.


Operated by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL,) Mt Ruapehu is home to the Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas, together New Zealand’s largest ski area covering over 800 hectares of terrain.

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