In what is amounting to the best snow day(s) ever, 74 school children continue to wait out a massive blizzard that left them stranded for the past two days at New Zealand’s Tukino Skifield on Mt. Ruapehu reports Stuff.co.nz.
So far, the students have enjoyed playing cards and building snow caves during the down days spent away from their desks– something their classmates in Wellington are likely becoming very jealous of.
The students are expected to be extracted via a John Deere tractor turned snowplow at some point on Saturday. All the students have been in contact with their parents and school officials are happy that their students are getting to experience what Wellington High School is referring to as “an authentic mountain experience.”
BRUCE ROAD UPDATE: We have closed Bruce Road as we have snow drifting continuously in a couple of areas that need constant machine work and we expect the rest of the road will ice up severely as the temperature drops. We are getting over 150k wind gusts, which are expected to increase after dark, therefore conditions are too dangerous to be out in. The wind is forecast to ease from tomorrow morning and we anticipate that we will get some facilities operating once this happens. We are constantly monitoring conditions and if there are any improvements, we will consider reopening some facilities. We recommend making alternate arrangements if you were planning on coming up to a club lodge tonight. Thanks for your patience!
Find the entire Stuff.co.nz article here: Weather traps Wellington students on Mt Ruapehu