Skiing Mt Ruapehu at Turoa


By cinders23  |  Posted August 10, 2011  |  Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand

CNN PRODUCER NOTE     cinders23 sends us these photos of the slopes of New Zealand’s Mt. Ruapehu. Her husband and her son-in-law took to she slopes while she and her daughter spent the day of July 29 together in a nearby town. She says her husband thought the conditions at Mt. Ruapehu were ‘a lot icier than he is used to, but to see the brilliant white snow against the mix of clouds and blue sky was incredible. He doesn’t know if it’s because it’s in the southern hemisphere but the light was just different.’ 
 elchueco, CNN iReport producer

iReport — We were lucky enough to spend the hot summer of 2011 in the New Zealand winter. We went to Mt. Ruapehu, an active volcano on the north island, to go skiing in July. It was an incredibly beautiful day. There were 2 lenticular clouds over the peak as we arrived, which then spread out. The guys skied above the cloud level, enjoying a beer and representing the Green Bay Packers during a break. On our way down the hill after dropping off the guys there was a rainbow, which is a daily occurence in NZ. The peak had cleared of clouds when we went back up the mt to pick them up. The white clouds and the blue sky were so spectacular it almost hurt your eyes with the intense color. It was a fantastically beautiful day.

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