Skiers, snow­board­ers don biki­nis for a cause

Ruapehu Press - - Out & About - STUFF

It was all about goose­bumps for a good cause.

Skiers and snow­board­ers took to the slopes of Mt Ruapehu’s Turoa ski field on Satur­day, in their biki­nis and board­shorts, all for a great cause.

The an­nual Turoa Bikini Down­hill race raised more than $650 for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion.

More than 75 skiers and snow­board­ers took a run down the Down­hill Slalom Course lo­cated next to Turoa’s ter­rain parks, in su­perb spring snow con­di­tions with blue skies and light winds.

Mt Ruapehu Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Matt Mcivor said it was amaz­ing to see so many peo­ple get­ting into the spirit of the event and tak­ing a run down the course for a good cause.

‘‘We couldn’t have asked for bet­ter weather and look for­ward to turn­ing the slopes pink again next year with this event.’’

Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion NZ Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Evan­gelia Hen­der­son said they were al­ways amazed at the cre­ative ways in which our com­mu­nity sup­ported them.

‘‘The bikini down­hill ski event is a won­der­ful way to raise both money and aware­ness.’’

Spot prizes were awarded to best-dressed, fastest times and the most runs, with thanks to Ice­breaker and Dragon Al­liance’s sup­port with prizes.

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