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New Zealand lifts buried in giant snowfall
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19 Aug 08 - Mt Ruapehu in the Central Plateau received the biggest snowfall in more than 20 years, staff said. They had to shovel off more than two metres of snow that had gathered on service building roofs, threatening to collapse them.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

The dump was so heavy, it buried the snow stake used to measure snowfall.

Some snow-buried lifts were closed - but both ski-fields now boast snow bases of almost four metres.

Staff at Whakapapa and Turoa ski-fields have reported on their website that they are "snowed under" with work, with patrollers on "the immense task of avalanche control whilst everyone else will be digging".

MetService spokesman Bob McDavitt said around 80cm of fresh snow had fallen on central North Island mountains in the past week and a metre or more on the Southern Alps - with more to come.

Mr McDavitt said a severe weather warning was in place for more snow till about midday today.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4660511a6479.html
Thanks to Andrew Johnson for this link

 



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