Ruapehu ski season opens earlier than ever before, so much for global warming

Looks like global warming isn’t a thing anymore, with Ruapehu opening for ski season earlier than they have ever opened before.

It’s the earliest a North Island ski field has ever opened; it’s blanketed in snow and ready for Kiwis to hit the slopes.

Whakapapa’s Happy Valley ski area is the first field to open this winter season, a whole month before its usual scheduled opening day.  

The valley’s early opening has been aided by its purchasing of the country’s only Techno Alpin SF210 All-Weather Snowmaking System.

It’s allowed the ski area to make sufficient snow to open its Double Happy Chairlift for Queen’s Birthday Weekend, in spite of recent rain and warm temperatures.

Mt Ruapehu marketing manager Matt McIvor said their opening day was a success, with bright blue skies and 100 per cent visibility.

“I can still see people heading out for a ski… It’s definitely a good turn out for the first day, people aren’t used to skiing this early in New Zealand.”

McIvor said it would take awhile for people to realise Happy Valley was open to the public, but seeing a healthy crowd today was “just awesome”.

At 2.30pm 826 people had walked through the lift gates to enjoy the snow.

So much for global warming.

-NZ Herald

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