More than 80 people stuck on Mt Ruapehu ski field for more than two days
9 Sep 2016 – What we call a Southerly Buster (coming up from the Antarctic Ocean), or a cold-wave – as opposed to a cold-snap – has been hammering the country the past few days. Various media have been hyping it up as “Winter Returns!”
Ski field manager Sue Graham said gale force wind conditions were blowing snow onto the road at a rate faster than it could be cleared.
A group from Wellington High School were among those waiting in the ski fields’ three lodges, for the 14km Tukino Access Road to be cleared
The trapped students and teachers were safely driven down the mountain’s 4-wheel-drive-access-only track.
Thanks to Greg Salmond for this link