Mt Ruapehu is enjoying the snow spoils of the icy storm which has blasted the country – perfect timing for the opening of the Mt Ruapehu winter season next weekend. At least 40cm of new snow has fallen at both Whakapapa and Turoa, and it is continuing to fall heavily on the ski areas, and down in National Park. There’s so much snow on the mountain that many Mt Ruapehu staff are being asked to stay at home today.