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The prime minister of New Zealand was recently on hand for a ribbon cutting to honor a massive investment into Mt Ruaphehu that will go down in history as the biggest single ski investment the southern hemisphere has ever seen.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the initial investments include a brand new Snowfactory installation that can manufacture snow in temperatures well above freezing as well as a new high-speed quad chairlift. The new snow-making device will create the longest running ski season in the southern hemisphere with the season starting on June 3rd. These two projects account for just $20 out of a $100 million dollar investment agenda which will host various improvements and developments over the next decade.
“Thanks to our new Snow Factory, Happy Valley at Whakapapa will be the first to open in Australasia for the 2017 winter season on Saturday June 3, and the last to close on Labour weekend” – Ross Copland, Mt Ruapehu CEO (*Quote courtesy of NZ Herald)
Mt Ruapehu CEO, Ross Copland told the NZ Herald that the beginner friendly Holiday Valley will be the first to open followed by Whakapapa and Turoa on July 1st.
Find the entire NZ Herald article here: Ruapehu Alpine Lifts launches $100m reinvestment programme