Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand, Opening More Lifts and Terrain Earlier Than Expected Thanks to Snow Dump

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Deep! Credit: Issac Feldon

This week’s storm blast has been perfectly timed to top up New Zealand’s Mt Ruapehu’s snow base ahead of the weekend, with Tūroa ski field’s upper slopes pushing 80″ (2 meters).

Tūroa’s highly anticipated High Noon Express lift is undergoing its final checks and is aiming to open from Sunday, while Whakapapa is expecting to open the Knoll Ridge T-Bar on or before this weekend.

Turoa snow stake snowing more than two metres. Credit: Johan Bergman

Thanks to this latest snow dump, Whakapapa’s far west trails and T-lines are prepping to get underway for an earlier-than-expected opening. The team is working hard on de-icing, grooming runs, and waiting for a fine weather window to install the haul rope on the Far West T-Bar, and for the first time since 2021, firing up the West Ridge Quad. Snow landing on Whakapapa’s lower levels has seen the Double Happy open in the beginner’s area for the first time in two years.

“Fresh snow is falling, and we are thrilled to be able to get more lifts going for skiing and riding much earlier than what has been possible in recent years. Our de-icing, maintenance, and grooming teams are working round the clock to open the Knoll Ridge T-Bar and High Noon Express for guests over this weekend. We’re eager to open maximum terrain and lifts now that winter proper has arrived and provide our skiers and boarders with a great value winter season over the next twelve weeks. Guests planning to visit Mt Ruapehu’s ski fields this weekend and over the coming months are strongly encouraged to plan their trips early and save time and purchase their passes online prior to arrival.”

– Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Chief Executive Officer, Jono Dean

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Digging out. Credit: Lawrence Smithson

Mt Ruapehu visitors can also drop into SnowCentre Newmarket, TCB Ohakune, or any of Torpedo 7’s 11 selected retail locations throughout the North Island to collect their passes from the dedicated click-and-collect facilities.  

For an unforgettable winter adventure and ski field status reports, visit

Turoa trail map. | Picture: Mt Ruapehu Website

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