Trapped skier and snowborder plucked off Ruapehu's southern face

The pair were descending the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu when one was injured.

The pair were descending the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu when one was injured.

Two stranded skiers had to be rescued from the summit of Mt Ruapehu as darkness and bad weather rolled in. 

The rescue unfolded on the mountain's southern slopes on Tuesday evening. 

A call came in that a skier and a snowboarder became trapped while descending from the summit. 

The man was taken to a lower ridge to be airlifted off the mountain.

The man was taken to a lower ridge to be airlifted off the mountain.

They had climbed the southern slopes with the intention of skiing down when one of them fell and was injured.

Members from alpine rescue and the ski patrol were flown to a summit ridge about 2700 metres above sea level.

They unloaded and made their way down to the injured party.

Rescuers flew in on the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter to retrieve two stranded skiers.

Rescuers flew in on the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter to retrieve two stranded skiers.

Due to the landing location, a decision was made to bring the injured man to a lower, flatter slope where he could be easily lowered into the helicopter, a statement from the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter said. 

By then it was getting dark and bad weather was approaching from the south and west, the statement said. 

After quickly loading the injured man into the helicopter, he was flown to Rotorua Hospital for further treatment. 

The Taupo-based Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, RARO's alpine rescue and the Mt Ruapehu's ski patrol all took part in the rescue.

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