Risk of avalanche shuts ski field but operators expect more snow on Mt Taranaki

The ski field was open for the weekend but closed on Monday due to avalanche risk.
Stratford Mountain Club

The ski field was open for the weekend but closed on Monday due to avalanche risk.

The Manganui ski field has been shut due to increased avalanche risk.

Rob Needs, Manganui Ski Area spokesman, said staff had a careful eye on Mt Taranaki Monday morning and with the "less than ideal weather", decided to shut the ski field at 11am.

"It's just not worth the risk," he said. "But we plan to operate over the next couple of days and we're expecting more snow later this week."

Three staff members would stay up the mountain and "stock the shelves", which were depleted during the busy weekend, Needs said.

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"There's an awful lot of prep work that they couldn't get done yesterday because we were so busy."

While the ski field was shut, Needs said the rainy weather would have likely deterred many visitors.

And, the avalanche risk would be reassessed Tuesday morning.

There are five levels of risk - extreme, high, considerable, moderate and low - and the ski area is unable to operate if the risk was extreme or high under its safety plan.

"If there's an opportunity to open, we will open," Needs said.

"We're hoping for a good dump of snow Thursday and Friday, and for another sunny Saturday and Sunday."

 - Stuff

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