Weekend's rain no threat to skifields
North Island skiers have nothing to fear from recent rain, according to Ruapehu's main skifields.
Weekend rain had damaged the snow levels at both Whakapapa and Turoa, which remained closed today but customer relations manager for Mt Ruapehu, Annah Dowsett, said there was no threat to snow base and ski season longer term.
''The rain has damaged the snow but not washed it away,'' she said.
''We are still operating.''
The forecast for the week shows snowy weather ahead, and Dowestt was confident both ski fields will open tomorrow and remain open.
''There is no drama here,'' she said.''With the snow in the forecast we will be open the rest of the week and the weekend.''