1979 was a hectic year for Taupō man Tony Wright. It was the year Tūroa Skifield officially opened.

In what is perhaps the fastest corporate start up ever, the funds for Tūroa Skifield were raised in one year and the skifield was built and opened 18 months later.

"We opened for six weeks in 1978 and had the official opening in May 1979," says retired Tūroa chief executive officer Tony Wright.

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It was 15 years since the Ohakune Mountain Rd had opened, providing access to Tūroa. In that time a tow rope was operating, however Tongariro National Park Board had issued a worldwide prospectus for