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Mount Ruapehu - Ski Area Guide

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

Ski Resort (1,625m5,331ft to 2,300m7,546ft). Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

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.

 Mount Ruapehu Snow News

The next notable snow forecast for Mount Ruapehu is 19cm7in, expected on 25 May, with around 43cm17in forecast over the next 7 days. There is some snow currently indicated by the long-range (7 days+) forecast; but too far ahead to be relied upon.

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Who is Mount Ruapehu good for?

Ratings for Mount Ruapehu
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Mount Ruapehu
Black Pistes
Expert Trails
Red Pistes
Intermediate Runs
Blue Pistes
Easy Trails
Number of runs
Ski Lifts
Number of Lifts

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area Height

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

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.

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 have no confirmed season dates for Mount Ruapehu.

Usual opening - Late June.

Usual closing - Early Nov.

NOTE:- Opening subject to Snow Conditions in Mount Ruapehu.

Map of Mount Ruapehu

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Mount Ruapehu Snow Making

Snowmaking :- Mount Ruapehu is able to augment natural snow, with 35 Snow Cannons.

Mount Ruapehu Ski Lift Capacity

Ski Lift Capacity :- The 28 Ski Lifts of Mount Ruapehu are able to uplift 30,400 skiers / snowboarders per hour.

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Mount Ruapehu Information

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