An ice surprise at The Mount, it’s snow joke
THE weather’s been pretty changeable over the past week but you’d have got good odds a the start of the year on a snowstorm in Mount Maunganui.
But yesterday saw a white-out at the popular resort after sixty tonnes of snow from Mt Ruapehu was dropped on Marine Parade in a publicity stunt for the ski resort.
Mt Ruapehu marketing manager Matt McIvor said the resort wanted to give Bay of Plenty residents a taste of snow at the height of summer.
‘‘When I saw snow as a kid for the first time, I lost the plot. We see it all the time with kids with their very first touch of snow – they absolutely love it.
‘‘No doubt there will be lots of snow angels and snowmen building from locals and holiday makers.
‘‘We thought it would be a unique and exciting way to offer everyone a snow experience in the middle of summer while our season passes are on sale. It’s all about helping people discover how much fun snow brings, so hopefully they’ll be keen to ramp up that fun even more on a snowboard or pair of skis this winter.’’
The snow dump was planned for 10am and the snow was expected to last at least two hours in temperatures predicted by MetService to get to 22C.
McIvor said the stunt will prove the effectiveness of the resort’s new snow-making machines, which can create snow in temperatures up to 25C.
Four-year-old Amiah Cook gets to grips with some of Mt Ruapehu’s white stuff at Tauranga yesterday.
Katarina Milne at Nelson’s Red Art Gallery and Cafe, where coffee in a keep cup is 50c cheaper.