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Avalanche at Turoa closes ski areas and damages chairlift

News from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
A significant avalanche was triggered at Turoa this morning during routine avalanche control work.

Ross Copland, Chief Executive of skifield operator Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, says that at approximately 0830 a number of start zones responded simultaneously with a large flow through “Gliding Gladys”.

This avalance control work is carried out daily before the scheuduled ski field opening time of 0900. No-one was injured and all RAL staff are accounted for. The High Noon Express chairlift has suffered damage and engineers are responding to assess the extent.

The upper mountain is closed at both ski areas today, check mtruapehu.com snow report for the latest details.

All backcountry tourers are urged to check the latest avalanche advisory before venturing into the back country at www.avalanche.net.nz