Turoa ski area on the south-western slopes of Mt Ruapehu has Australasia's longest vertical descent and New Zealand's highest chairlift. With the 6 seated high-noon express chairlift, Turoa has become a favourite among the more advanced skiers and snowboarders. The 6 has opened up powder filled bowls and valleys either side of the main mountain trails, providing exhilarating skiing and boarding to get your edges stuck into. With a dedicated area for beginners, Turoa is suitable for all abilities. They offer great snow school packages with instructors who are more than willing to help you improve technique or give you a guided tour. For the more adventurous, you can walk up to the top of the mountain to the crater lake and over to the other side of the mountain, Whakapapa, or ski back down the unspoilt mountain face.
Mt Ruapehu offers a seamless lift pass, which provides you with access to both ski areas. Both Turoa and Whakapapa offer excellent services and facilities; the only dilemma you’ll have is deciding where to explore next!