Storm Traps Hundreds on NZ Mountain

Road closure forces skiers into lodge


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Strong winds and heavy snow on Tuesday stranded more than 250 skiers and snowboarders overnight at a ski lodge in Cantebury, New Zealand. Operators at Mount Lyford closed the mountain’s parking lot late Tuesday afternoon as snow threatened to avalanche across the resort’s access road. That left some 250 people, including dozens of kids, with no choice but to spend the night in a lodge at the base of the mountain. Resort staff provided what food was available and a few mattresses, but turned off a generator that was heating the building in an effort to ration power. “I don’t think—by the wildest stretch of the imagination—you could say it was a comfortable night,” skier Di Smit said in an interview with the New Zealand Herald. A grooming machine brought food to the lodge Wednesday morning, and the access road reopened at 2 P.M. Wednesday afternoon.

Read more at the New Zealand Herald