Powder Alliance Adds Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand, to Ski Pass

Julia Schneemann | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Mt. Ruapehu Sky Waka
Mt Ruapehu Ski Resort’s Sky Waka Gondola; picture: henrymagazine.nz

Powder Alliance announced on August 22 that they will be adding Mt Ruapehu to the 22/23 season pass. This takes the number of resorts covered by Powder Alliance to 21 ski resorts worldwide as Mt Ruapehu has two separate resorts: Tūroa in the southwest and Whakapapa in the north.

Mt Ruapehu
Skier at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand, picture: Mt Ruapehu Instagram Page

Powder Alliance’s season pass gives you access to 16 U.S., 2 Canadian, 1 Japanese, and now technically 2 New Zealand resorts. Mt Ruapehu is located on New Zealand’s North Island and is New Zealand’s highest resort, reaching an elevation of 7,618ft (2,322m). The season at Mt Ruapehu goes from May to October. The twin resorts are operated by Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, which is a not-for-profit company, and many shareholders are private investors from the region. Mt Ruapehu has a combined skiable area of 2,471 acres.

Mt Ruapehu
Trail Map Tūroa, Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand, picture: Mt. Ruahpehu Homepage
Mt Ruapehu
Trail Map Whakpapa Area, Mt. Ruapehu, New Zealand, picture: Mt. Ruapehu Homepage

Powder Alliance offers you access to its partner resorts for three free days if you purchase a season pass to a participating resort. Tickets are typically Sunday to Friday non-holiday but it is best to visit powderalliance.com for a complete list of block-out dates. Participating resorts are:

USA resorts:

  • Angel Fire, NM
  • Blacktail Mountain, MT
  • Bogus Basin, ID
  • China Peak, CA
  • Dodge Ridge Mountain, CA
  • Eaglecrest Ski Area, AK
  • Lost Trail Ski area, MT
  • Loveland Ski Area, CO
  • Mission Ridge, WA
  • Mountain High, CA
  • Mt Hood Ski Bowl, OR
  • Sierra at Tahoe, CA
  • Silver Mountain, ID
  • Snow King Mountain, WY
  • Timberline, OR
  • White Pass, WA


  • Castle Mountain Resort
  • Ski Marmot Basin


  • Kiroro Resort

Australia/New Zealand:

  • Mt Ruapehu (Tūroa and Whakapapa resort)

Mt Ruapehu has been having a difficult season this year due to La Niña but was able to reopen its Tūora resort last week after a temporary closure. Temperatures dropped in the last few days, enabling snowmaking and also seeing some natural snow falls, with 6 inches (15cm) falling yesterday.


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