Great shots, when I was there in 94 it took 2 or 3 days to dig out the far west t-bar when the base got to 420cm in the first week of October! There would be some great spring skiing in the laha gullies at Turoa this year for those willing to skin up past the busted chair lift then drop from the top. Did you get up to the crater lake, it's easier from the Papa side?Fantastic trip to Ruapehu.
Skied 5/6 days: 2 @ Turoa & 3 @ Whakapapa
Whakapapa is my new favourite ski area - like a giant terrain park on steroids. Quite unique I reckon.
Go in spring once into the freeze thaw cycle and I doubt any advanced rider would be disappointed.
Really long runs top to bottom and short walks open up heaps more terrain .
Pinnacles to Black Magic
Here's another shot from the top of the Giant chair at Turoa. There are two blue groomed runs to the left of the High Noon chair you can see in the photo and another set heading left of the photo - haven't been game to do those yet. Fairly wide runs up high. Mountain is way bigger than these photos indicate. Its about 400m vertical from top of the visible chairlift to the summit, but full ice axe and crampons job I'd say. Nice sheen to the surface eh
Now THAT'S the best Mt Ruapehu understatement I've ever heard!Big step up from Selwyn .