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We went up for 2 days 10/11 Aug 2009 Weather great spring weather at base but colder up at the top of Movenpick. winds NW and picking up around noon. good base but hardpacked on trail and crust/iicy off. Child facilities have improved this year with a magic carpet lift in beginners area as well as dedicated fenced children's play area and sledding run. They are boasting one of the largest terrain parks in NZ However the halfpipe wasn't up and operational. Hoping to get up next week for a day and then a few more in Sept. US skiers wanting a jump on their season could do a lot worse than come down under and get $1.50NZ for $1US. South Island definitely worth the visit too. As an ex-Canuck(BC) Queenstown felt like home!... Full Review
Ive been boarding turoa pronounced "tu ro a" for the last 4 years now and it is the largest field in the north island of nz a new 6 seater high speed chair lift went end of 07 that opens up a lot more advanced terain
Due to its high terrain the snow doesnt stay power over night it gets a thin layer of crust on the surface but by 10-11 thats all broken up and you got some sweet boarding again
if the weather turns bad dont worry Ohakune pronounced "oh ar ku knee" a small snow town has a few pubs and clubs to relax in and if its wind thats closed the field on the other side of the mt is Whakapapa pronounced "fa ka par pa" (no im not yanking your chain its a maori name) is just around the corner and can be open while the other side is closed in the north island turoa and Whakapapa are the 2 best fields
feilds are open from end june - october... Full Review
Turoa ski area sits on the active volcano of Mt Ruapehu in the middle of New Zealand's South Island. It's a four hour drive from Auckland or Wellington airport and two hours from Palmerston North or Taupo airports.
This season the resort opens it's new six seater high speed chair over 1.4kms long and a schmick new on mountain cafe and retail outlet. Turoa is south facing with over five hundred hectares of terrain and plenty of back country. It's above the tree line and has glacial skiing.
Ruapehu gets an average four metres a season, the most in New Zealand resorts and has the longest season, often open until November. Whakapapa ski field is on the other side of the mountain and you can ski both on the one lift ticket.
All skiing and boarding is above the tree line and the resort has the most vertical in Australasia, over 722metres. It's a good all mountain resort with an easy bitumen access road a short drive from town.
The downside is it's exposed position means the mountain can sometimes close for days at a time. When the weather clears this mountain is truly one of, if not the best in New Zealand.
The town of Ohakune sits at the base and is home to Thames Street, a short strip of bars and restaurants to keep you well satiated and entertained with a mix of pubs, bars and clubs.Lodgings go from motel to ski lodge and hotel style.
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Been snowboarding Turoa and Whakapapa for years. Frequently hard packed days, but when it's on it's on. Don't bother with the weekends unless you go hiking. A hike to the crater is one of the most rewarding things you will do. See the beautiful views, steaming crater lake and get fresh tracks all the way down. Take the camera. New lifts going in this year which should help the congestion.
The terrain park has some great kickers and rails. Half pipe is almost non existant.
Definitley the most unique terrain you will find any where in the world. Especially out west at Whakapapa.
Awesome nights out in Okakune (great food) or head to Scnapps in Natty Park. Hotties, live music, need I say more.
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