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Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu Ski Resort Guide

Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand

Rated: 3/5 (from 6 ratings)

Ski Area Highlights
Recommended ForExpert Skiers, Intermediates, Beginners, Snowboarders, Snowfall and Apres-Ski!
Highest Lift2,300m
Resort Height1,625m
 Nearest AirportsWanganui and Taupo
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Mount Ruapehu

The New Zealand ski resort of Mount Ruapehu is at an altitude of 1,625m.


Mount Ruapehu has direct access to 43 marked pistes, served by a total of 28 ski lifts.

The ski resort itself is at 1,625m, so skiing or boarding back to the resort is usually possible. With ski lifts as high as 2,300m, snow cover is generally reliable.


There are a variety of pistes to suit all levels of skier ability, from Beginner to Expert.


Mount Ruapehu offers some good boarding and there are a variety of Snow and Terrain Parks in Mount Ruapehu.

Notable Ski Runs

The longest possible descent in Mount Ruapehu is 4km long and the most difficult run is the 'Hamilton Face'.

Snow and Weather

When will it snow in Mount Ruapehu?

The next notable snow forecast is 13cm, expected on 29 March.

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Snow this week

Snow Forecast by day for Mount Ruapehu

Ski Area Stats

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area

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

Altitudes & Slopes

Mount Ruapehu Ski Area Heights

Lift Heights and Resort Altitude
Highest Lift2,300m
Lowest Piste1,625m
Resort Altitude (Mount Ruapehu)1,625m
Max Vertical675m

Ski Slope Aspects


Mount Ruapehu has ski slopes facing south-west (good for keeping the snow).

Ratings & Suitability

Ratings for Mount Ruapehu
Expert Skiers
Intermediate Skiers

Location and Map

Where is Mount Ruapehu?

This ski resort is in Ruapehu, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand.


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How to get there

 By Air

The nearest airport to Mount Ruapehu is Wanganui, 112 minutes drive away.

Taupo and Palmerston North airports are all within three hours drive.


Ski Lift Capacity

The 28 ski lifts are able to uplift 30,400 skiers and snowboarders every hour.

Snow Making

Snow-making is available, with 35 snow cannons.

Season Dates

When is Mount Ruapehu open?

We don't currently have confirmed season dates, but hope to soon.

Usual opening is Late June, and usual closing is Early Nov.

NOTE:- Ski area, lift and piste opening is subject to Current Snow Conditions.

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