It's snowing in Ohakune as I type....
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts have announced an early opening at Turoa this Thursday 17th - brought forward from Sat 19th - copy of the release is below.
"Alpine Meadow Opens on Thursday
Posted on 15 June 2010 at 11:03 AM
It will be an early start to the season for the Alpine Meadow at Turoa this season with an early opening on this Thursday the 17th. Join us up here for a few turns, scrape the summer wax off the gear and get yourself ready for the season with some early winter fun!
Snowmaking and trail preparation has commenced on the upper mountain, lifts will progressively open as conditions allow.
To top all of this excitement off, there is even more snow falling today, all the way down to Ohakune! Patrol is skinning their way up to the snow stake right now and we will let you know what the result is as soon as they gets there!
See you all up here very very soon!"