It was 3.7 degrees in Ohakune this morning and Ruapehu was blanketed in a cover of fresh white snow.
It was 1 degree at Turoa's base area with 2 - 3 cm's of light dry snow lying around. Looking higher up there would be as much as 10cm's on the upper slopes.
"March has definitely seen much cooler temperatures after what has been a really good warm summer." said Mike Smith of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.
The Skiinfo sponsored World Lift Ticket Price Report 2009 has indicated that because of currency exchange rate fluctuations skiing in New Zealand will be dramatically cheaper for residents of most other countries this summer when the southern hemisphere season begins in a little over two months.