An ice sur­prise at The Mount, it’s snow joke

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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.

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