Enough snow to ski

BLANTON SMITH
Last updated 11:24 03/07/2014

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Mt Taranaki's ski field is open for business and snow lovers can hit the slopes from midday today.

Stratford Mountain Club spokesman Rob Needs said members had been up the mountain this morning getting things organised for a half-day on the slopes.

''There's enough coverage to get a half day in,'' he said.

The road was being cleared and would be open from about 11.30am, he said.

Members have been working on the t-bar which has about 15cm of snow and would be digging out the track before opening.

Needs said the ski field would be re-assessed tomorrow, but the weather was looking better today.

''If you can smoke away from work for a half day today would be the day,'' he said.

''It's light south west breezes up there and a bit cold, but not as gnarly as expected.''

A weather system expected tonight could bring more snow or rain the ski field out depending on overnight temperatures, Needs said.

''Hopefully it will bring another 10cm of snow which would suit us perfectly,'' he said.

''Fingers crossed we can get the road cleared earlier tomorrow and get a full day in."

Needs warned skiers and snowboarders to beware of the icy conditions when heading for the slopes.

Eftpos was not available on the mountain so cash was needed.

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