Good Terrain, Cheap. Off Piste wicked!
Non-Profit Mountain, Fair ontrail
Lots of off piste skiing! Pretty cheap! Not to crowded once I was out away from the main lifts. Lifts which go from blue runs; Happy valley, to expert: Back Stage. I love going off piste and this is perfect. Unristriced unless high risk.
Wicked Mountain! Active Volcano!hehe on its good days its def leave you craving for more.
Best Conditions: End July - Mid Setember
Lifts:2-4 Seaters, Lots T-Bar, One beginner area Tow rope
Non Profit Mountain so don't expect perfection
If your a expert skier then this is your mountain. Its got lots to play on, natural bowls, windblown pockets of POW! Cliff drops, pinnacles range, glaciar, volacnic crater lake and hikes!
One main area for beginners but intermediate level is probaly more suitable for majority of runs.
Conditions should be compared to Whistler Blackcomb in a way, heavy wet snow. With NZ sitting smack bang out in the ocean by itself really high water content. No trees on this mounatain so when its windy, day to pass on . Its NOT in a Alps like reigon, all alone in the middle of the island.
Expect rain, fog, wind, scotland like weather every so often.
Whakapapa has many cafes with all budgets catered for. Also a pretty good shop with ski equipment, appeal. Rentals a widely avaliable on mountain, on route and near by accomdation and ski shops.
*Close by Ski areas- Turoa and Tukino.
Turoa on the southern side of the mountain is operated by RAL aswell, more trail based runs but terrain not as challenging. Ski areas are not linkedby lift so requires 30-40min drive.
Tukino ski area is very small and hard to acess. It is the eastern? side/slope of Mt Ruapehu and is a club orintated field with tow ropes.