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A family snow day on Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

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If you've ever had the fun and privilege of introducing small children to snow and skiing - or are thinking of doing it - this informative article (link follows) is worth a read.

It's about a family drive (with 2- and 4-year-olds on board) up to Turoa and Whakapapa - the ski stations of Mount Ruapehu in New Zealand, which is the volcano that last erupted in 1995 and 1996.

Calmer conditions prevailed as this family enjoyed some snowballing, tobogganing and a bit of skiing. Here's a key paragraph, which certainly struck a chord from my experiences:

"It's worth keeping things simple. The children enjoyed mucking around in the snow and, while I was keen for them to try skiing, it can wait till they're older. Good gloves, hats, waterproof gear and goggles are essential, as well as plenty of snacks and drinks, even if you're not attempting anything more ambitious than a few snowballs."
The article is by Sarah Boyd, for
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