Mt. Ruapahu's Turoa ski area has a snow base over 1.7 metres, the best coverage since 1992, while across the mountain at Whakapapa the snow base sits at a healthy 1.15 metres. The combined ski areas of Turoa and Whakapapa make up over 1050 hectares of skiable terrain, the largest commercial ski field in New Zealand. The mountain has opened its new child care centre this year at Turoa, expanding their already family friendly day care and children's facilities, and with school holidays around the corner, Mt. Ruapehu is expected to receive record visitor numbers with the new snow. The official closing date for Mt. Ruapehu's season is Oct. 24, but forecasters are hoping the record snowfall continues. The mountain may repeat the Christmas Day openings of 1992 and 2005, if it does. Turoa launched their overnight igloo experience last year and will again build a mini igloo hotel that opens Aug. 23 for those wanting to experience the ultimate first tracks. Guests hike up to the igloo with a guide, stay overnight in their own igloo room with a three-course dinner and a hearty breakfast before skiing down before the lifts open. Snow is in the immediate forecast in the Tongariro National Park which could see the snow base double.