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Which ski area is best for me?
Whakapapa offers a range of trails from first-time skiers and kids on the Happy Valley beginners ski field up to expert skiers. Tūroa Ski area is slightly more advanced and offers an open space for passionate skiers and snowboarders.
There are options to purchase multi day passes or single, these include access to the mountains and lift services.
The Winter seasons
Mount Ruapehu offers the longest ski season in Australasia and usually runs from June – October.
Parking at the Mountain and Bus shuttles
It is a strong recommendation to bring a 4WD or car with chains when parking at the mountain, when road restrictions are in place due to weather conditions which may change rapidly. Otherwise, parking is a convenient option, but on weekends you must pre-book your carparking space, or you risk missing out. Shuttling is also an easy option which you can take in from National Park, buses are available right from Turangi too if you would prefer not to drive.
When weather is bad, the mountain will close for safety precautions, you can check what the weather/snow is forecasted for your trip on the Ruapehu website here. If you’re lucky, the mountain will put on a beautiful bluebird day.
Are there things to do for spectators/non skiers?
If skiing is not your thing, but you are still wanting to experience the snow or come along with your family and friends, enjoy coffee and some delicious food at New Zealand’s highest café – Knoll Ridge Chalet.
Sky Waka is another fun option for non-skiers who are wanting to fill their day with breath taking views and excitement… a bonus being that the café Knoll Ridge Chalet is at the top of the gondola ride.
You can hire skiing and snowboarding gear and clothing from many different stores including some in Turangi, you are able to organise a fitting session with the staff prior to heading up the mountain. Other options are as a part of a package with your lift pass and ski pass.
Working on the mountain
If you are passionate about skiing, and are looking to meet great people, while working hard and having fun, there are several seasonal roles available working on the mountain. Some of these including lift attendants, ski instructors, jobs in finance, hospitality, and retail. Most jobs require offsite accommodation, so you can conveniently live a short 45-minute drive with us in Turangi.