Mount Ruapehu - Ski Area Guide

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

Ski Resort (1,625m to 2,300m)

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 28cm, expected on 19 December, with around 30cm forecast over the next 7 days.

Who is Mount Ruapehu good for?

Mount Ruapehu Ski Facts
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area

Piste and Lift Stats for Mount Ruapehu
15Black Pistes
16Red Pistes
12Blue Pistes
28Ski Lifts

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area Height

Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Mount Ruapehu
675mMax Vertical
2300mHighest Lift
1625mLowest Piste
1625mResort Altitude (Mount Ruapehu)

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.

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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Skiing at Mount Ruapehu

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Note :- The information on J2Ski concerning Mount Ruapehu, where not clearly factual, is opinion only and is neither definitive or exhaustive.
Warning :- Snow Sports are Dangerous! Skiing, snowboarding and all winter sports involve risk of serious injury or death. You MUST confirm all information, especially snow and weather conditions, in Mount Ruapehu before you ski or board. You participate at your own risk.

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