Ski season opens to stunning weather

Weekend Life 02/06/2018
Image: Mt Ruapehu (Supplied).

It was a stunning blue bird day on Mount Ruapehu as the mountain officially opened for the 2018 ski season.

Ross Copland, CRO of Ruapehu Alpine Ltd, joined Carly Flynn to talk about the incredible start to the season.

Both Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields are opened and are the first commercial ski areas in Australasia to do so.

Mr Copland said it was a great start to winter so far with snowfalls at about 0.5m before the season even started.

The mountain opened exactly on schedule due to the great weather and snowfall, but would have done so regardless.

There is a Snow Factory machine on-site which can make snow up to 25 degrees C, so even if there snowfall had been less the mountain would still have opened.

There’s a free transport service on the mountain for Whakapapa and Turoa, which has been redurcing congestion on the roads, but more importantly in the carpark.

Last year over 85,000 people used the bus service that accommodates both Whakapapa and Turoa.

Similarly, it’s a blue bird day as Coronet Peak opens its fields as well.

Paul Anderson from NZ Ski joined Carly Flynn.

It was -6 degrees in the Valley this morning.

“It’s the coldest May I can remember.”

But despite the cold, the weather has been amazing. But like Ruapehu, the snow maker has been running making sure Coronet Peak is set up for a fantastic season.

Mr Anderson said that they’ve announced today that The Remarkables are opening two days earlier than planned. All facilities will be opened onJune 7th.

Accommodation in the area can sometimes be hard to come by, during school holidays it’s recommended to book well in advance but outside of those times there is a lot of accommodation available.

Listen to the full interviews with Ross Copland and Paul Anderson above.

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