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Mount Ruapehu Ski Resort

Mount Ruapehu Resort Guide

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Resort Height1,625m5,331ft
 Nearest AirportsWanganui and Taupo
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Mount Ruapehu at a glance

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.

 When will it snow in Mount Ruapehu?

The next notable snow forecast for Mount Ruapehu is 1cm-, expected on 21 October, with around 30cm12in forecast over the next 7 days.

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Mount Ruapehu Facts, Stats and Ratings

Mount Ruapehu Rated

Ratings for Mount Ruapehu
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

How High is Mount Ruapehu?

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Mount Ruapehu
Highest Lift2,300m7,546ft
Lowest Piste1,625m5,331ft
Resort Altitude (Mount Ruapehu)1,625m5,331ft
Max Vertical675m2,215ft

Ski Area, Pistes and Lifts

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Mount Ruapehu
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Mount Ruapehu Summary

The New Zealand Ski Resort of Mount Ruapehu has direct access to 43 marked pistes, served by a total of 28 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,625m5,331ft, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,300m7,546ft, snow cover is generally reliable.

On the Mountain

The longest possible descent in Mount Ruapehu is 4km2 miles long and the most difficult run is the 'Hamilton Face'.

Skiing in Mount Ruapehu

There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.

Snowboarding in Mount Ruapehu

The natural terrain has gullys and walls suited to snowboarders.

When is Mount Ruapehu open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates for Mount Ruapehu.

Usual opening is Late June, and usual closing is Early Nov.

NOTE:- Lift and Piste openings are always subject to Snow Conditions in Mount Ruapehu.

Snow Making

Mount Ruapehu is able to make snow, with 35 snow cannons.

Ski Lift Capacity

The 28 ski lifts of Mount Ruapehu are able to uplift 30,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Where is Mount Ruapehu?

Mount Ruapehu is in Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.

How can I get to Mount Ruapehu?

 By Air

The nearest airports to Mount Ruapehu are Wanganui, Taupo and Palmerston North, all within three hours drive.

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