Mount Ruapehu - Ski Resort and Snow Summary
Mount Ruapehu - New Zealand Ski Resort (1625m to 2300m)
Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas came under joint management in 2000 and now operatre as Ruapehu ski area, the largest ski centre in New Zealand and one of the three largest in the Southern Hemisphere. The reasort claims the title of the largest vertical drop of any centre in Australasia.
Key Facts for Mount Ruapehu
The New Zealand ski resort of Mount Ruapehu has direct access to 43 individual pistes, served by 28 ski lifts.
The ski resort itself is above 1500m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
Snowmaking :- Mount Ruapehu is able to augment natural snow, with 35 Snow Cannons.
Ski Lift Capacity :- The 28 Ski Lifts of Mount Ruapehu are able to uplift 30,400 skiers / snowboarders per hour.
There are two Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Mount Ruapehu are perfectly feasible.
Skiing in Mount Ruapehu
All levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert, are well-catered for in Mount Ruapehu.
Snowboarding in Mount Ruapehu
The natural terrain has gullys and walls suited to snowboarders.
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Mount Ruapehu in brief
Mount Ruapehu Ski Resort is:
Good for Expert Skiers.
Excellent for Intermediate Skiers.
Good for Beginners.
Good for Snowboarding.
Mount Ruapehu Season Dates
We do not have a confirmed opening date for Mount Ruapehu.
Closed : November 10, 2013.
Usual opening - Late June.
Usual closing - Early Nov.
NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Mount Ruapehu.