Dumping of snow on Mt Ruapehu

Fresh powder 'perfect timing' for school holidays

RACHEL THOMAS
Last updated 14:45 02/07/2014
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WAIOURU WINTER: Snow falls in Waiouru this morning.

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Dust off your skis, shake the spiders from your boots and pull on your puffer jacket - the snow has fallen. 

Fresh snow on Mt Ruapehu today means both the mountain's popular skifields will be open by the weekend.

Peter Little, meteorologist for MetService, said snow was expected to fall to between 500m and 600m today in Taupo and surrounding areas.

 ''It's good news for those wanting to go skiing in the school holidays - it's perfect timing.''

Both Turoa and Whakapapa skifields were due to open last Saturday.

Thanks to a fresh 15cm dusting of powder last night, Turoa has been scheduled to open tomorrow and Whakapapa will open Saturday.

The Mt Ruapehu website said Happy Valley should also open this weekend. Alpine Meadow, at the base of Turoa skifield, will open tomorrow, though the upper Parklane skifield will be open for sightseeing only.

''We are looking at getting groomers up onto the ski area today," said the website. "From here we will be able to assess the snow cover and begin to build trails and open upper mountain facilities for skiing and snowboarding this weekend.''

After patchy hail throughout Hamilton and parts of Waikato today, Little said Waikato should expect showers tomorrow, though Friday should bring some fine spells between showers.

Saturday and Sunday will bring occasional rain.

Related: Cold snap brings snow, hail

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