Mt Ruapehu's Turoa Ski Area in New Zealand's North Island closed for the winter this Sunday November 7th bringing the Southern Hemisphere's ski season to a close.
Around 1000 skiers and snowboarders enjoyed near perfect blue sky conditions following 6cm of fresh snow falling the day before.
Mt Ruapehu Marketing Manager said it was a fantastic end to what has been a very challenging season. "Nature wrote us a perfect script for the last day of the season with blue skies and fresh snow.
The 2010 winter has been particularly challenging with La Nina conditions meaning very volatile weather patterns. We are certainly down on the record breaking 2009 but some seasons are just going to be tougher than others."