The Park Hotel Ruapehu
Mount Ruapehu is New Zealand’s largest active volcano and also home to the two largest commercial ski areas in the North Island.
Whakapapa sits on the northwestern slopes, and is home to New Zealand’s largest beginner area, Happy Valley. On the southwestern slopes, Turoa’s unique treeless terrain is some of the country’s finest. Turoa also boasts Australasia’s longest vertical descent and chairlift, the High Noon Express.
Both ski resorts usually run from late June to end of October – making it New Zealand’s longest-running ski season.
As at 15 May, Mount Ruapehu is expected to open for the July school holidays.
Vertical: 675 metres
Skiable terrain: 550 hectares
Longest run: 2.8 kilometres
Trail breakdown: 25% beginner, 50% intermediate, 25% advanced
Number of terrain parks: 1
Ski season dates: From 22 June 2019
Vertical: 722 metres
Skiable terrain: 500 hectares
Longest run: 4 kilometres
Trail breakdown: 20% beginner, 55% intermediate, 25% advanced
Number of terrain parks: 1
Ski season dates: From 29 June 2019
Lift passes are the same price, and are all in New Zealand dollars, regardless if you’re skiing at Whakapapa or Turoa.
You can purchase beginner passes, which only give you access to beginner lifts, and all-mountain passes for Whakapapa.
All-mountain passes are valid on all lifts from 9am until 4pm.
Beginner lift passes will give access to Happy Valley at Whakapapa or Alpine Meador at Turoa.
You can also purchase an afternoon-only pass, which provides access to all lifts from 12:30pm until 4pm.
Mt Ruapehu season passes:
You can buy discounted season passes, which are only available mid-week, or anytime passes.
Unlike day passes, season passes also include to night skiing, which is available from 4:30-8pm at Whakapapa on Fridays and Saturdays.
The opening dates for 2020, which are estimates as of the time of publish, changes depending on where you’re looking to ski:
The most convenient way to get ski hire would be at the on-mountain rental shops at the Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. Alternatively, you can get your equipment from ski shops at the Tongariro National Park.
Feature image: Whakapapa
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