Whakapapa - Mt Ruapehu

Snowboard Guide rating 7 out of 10 “Amazing terrain but inconsistent weather”

Freeriding

80%

No trees but some serious off-piste

Freestyle

50%

Small terrain park & halfpipe

Pistes

65%

Some well pisted slopes

Mountain stats

Top lift:2300m
Vertical drop:670m
Bottom lift:1630m

LiftsLift count : 7 x Chairlifts   6 x Drag-lifts   1 learner rope

Ride area 550 hectares

Easy
25%
Intermediate
50%
Advanced
25%
Total Pistes:67
Longest Piste:over 3.5km

passes Pass (Low/High Season) : £37.73 Day,

Whakapapa, along with sister resort Turoa, is located on the slopes of Mt Ruapehu. As an active Volcano, Mt Ruapehu offers some seriously epic freeriding terrain. The diversity of this terrain is caused by the way the underlying volcano has formed over millions of years. As the largest recognised ski resort in the country, Whakapapa has something for everyone, with plenty of steeps, literally hundreds of cliffs, fast chutes, gullies and big natural banks allowing for some natural freestyle. The Mt Ruapehu lift pass covers both Whakapapa and Turoa, and the company sell a cheap 'early-bird' season pass before the end of April each year.

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World Ranking

4th

Overall in Australasia

  • #1 best freeride
  • #12 best freestyle
  • #5 best piste riding

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