Freeskiing in Mt Hutt, NZ
"We have received heavy snow mainly from the west and north west since late last week. Whakapapa has gone from 130cm's a week ago to over two metres. Turoa has received just as much snow but it has come with higher winds meaning the snow stake measurement hasn't changed as much. Don't be fooled though, conditions will be way better when the storm passes." Said a statement from Mt Ruapehu.
It's a similar story at other areas, most reporting up to 60cm (two feet) of new snow over recent days but with strong winds and other extreme weather problems meaning most have had to close their slopes until the storm, which began at the weekend, passes over, predicted for the next 24-248 hours, leaving a spectacular weekend on the snow in prospect.
It's not all good news though, the heavy snow led to a collapse of a sports hall and on Ruapehu Tower 8 of the High Noon Express has been damaged in the storm.
The resort has already ordered replacement parts from a New Zealand based company and hopes to have the lift fixed by Sunday, with the lift hopefully operational late next week.