Video: Huge Avalanche in New Zealand Closes Ski Resort

Video: Huge Avalanche in New Zealand Closes Ski Resort

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Video: Huge Avalanche in New Zealand Closes Ski Resort

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Check out this video posted from Tūroa on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand showing a huge controlled avalanche. The slide made it all the way from the top of the mountain to the lifts far below. While we have seen swelter temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere, New Zealand is coming off of a great week of fresh new snow.

Why Not Avalanche 15 August 2019

This is one of the results of our controlled avalanche work Thursday morning at Tūroa. Travelling down from above the ski area & through Big Bowl and Why Not, ending past the lower elevation of the ski resort.Both Big Bowl and Why Not are incredibly fun parts of our ski area to ride and avalanche control work such as this helps make sure all our guests and staff remain safe, with smiles on their faces from a good days skiing.One of the reasons the avalanche was of this magnitude is because a persistent weak layer was buried far down in the snow pack over two weeks ago due to the ongoing storms we've been getting. When first releasing the avalanche slab was in dry snow and was moving incredibly fast, as it travelled lower it began picking up wetter snow and became the slightly slower, heavier mass you see in this video.

Posted by Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Areas on Friday, August 16, 2019

In a Facebook post the resort explained the reason the slide was so large, and why it was necessary.

“Both Big Bowl and Why Not are incredibly fun parts of our ski area to ride and avalanche control work such as this helps make sure all our guests and staff remain safe, with smiles on their faces from a good days skiing.

One of the reasons the avalanche was of this magnitude is because a persistent weak layer was buried far down in the snow pack over two weeks ago due to the ongoing storms we’ve been getting. When first releasing the avalanche slab was in dry snow and was moving incredibly fast, as it traveled lower it began picking up wetter snow and became the slightly slower, heavier mass you see in this video.”

Tūroa post avalanche update 15 August 2019

Kia ora everyone, the avalanche work undertaken today at Tūroa shows why we take the time to get up on the slopes and make it safe! Two avalanches were set off this morning, flowing through the ski area boundary and out the other side, leaving debris and a significant track in its place. These were controlled events and saw us remain closed for the morning.Now the attention has turned to getting the slopes ready, with a number of tasks still to do on the mountain. Here's Bendy and Dingo to let you know what has been happening here at Tūroa.

Posted by Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Areas on Thursday, August 15, 2019

We’re always thankful for the measures that resorts take to keep us guest safe.

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