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Unfortunately, I had to throw away my 2018 season pass due to family situation change and I not moving to New Zealand as planned.

SAD.
 

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Saturday at Turoa
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A bit hectic on the Giant, somewhat understandable! Nga wai heke was more chilled out, small queues, although there's more south facing shaded areas which were very crispy. We decided to hike up along the ridge and drop into the glacier on lookers right. Getting out on the better aspects in the sun it was great skiing. Absolutely classic spring ski day :thumbs:
 

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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 .
I'm hooked

Pinnacles to Black Magic
 

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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 .
I'm hooked

Pinnacles to Black Magic
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?

Mid spring is the best time over there and never book way in advance. Just wait and see how the season unfolds then go once the Aus season finishes.
 
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Skied Turoa last two days. Yesterday arrived 1pm, spring corn all over but real solid semi-ice underneath. Heaps of snow up top, lower down ok. Bluebird, could see all the wsy to Mt Taranaki.
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Today, upper mountain copped a bit of rain but then slight refreeze after. Upper mountain was above the clouds and drizzle until about 2pm. Mid mountain skied best for softening during the middle of the day. Some sort of schools comp on but no waiting for lifts. 80cm new snow on the cards over next week.

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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?

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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
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Do you have any accommodation recommendations for late season skiing in the North Island?

I assume you hire a car to get to the resorts or are buses an option?
 

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G'day @Sean Sunley

We are staying at an airbnb at Ohakune. Would recommend Ohakune as it has a supermarket, 20 mins drive up to Turoa, 45 (apparently) to Whakapapa. Much smaller than Jindy though for comparison. Accommodation isn't cheap though and some places were a lot of money for fairly crap situations (30 yr old "chalets" in need of TLC). Several motels in town but expensive and no cooking facilities. Taihape is 30 mins away towards Wellington, would be the Cooma equivalent to Jindy in terms of further but maybe cheaper.

Buses up to Turoa from Ohakune, $20/person return. Details on website. But recommende getting a car, we've got a 4wd Rav4 from Apex. Realistically expect 50 percent open/close due to weather. Ohakune is however on main trainline, so you could go car free if you wanted.

There apparently are parking dramas on peak days (weekends, more at Whaka than Turoa), but get up early is the key i suspect. We got season passes for bugger all last Oct when they were on sale (think $450 for adults??). Our trip is 19 days or so, if we get ten on snow I'll be happy. Big step up from Selwyn :nerd:.
 

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Big step up from Selwyn :nerd:.
Now THAT'S the best Mt Ruapehu understatement I've ever heard! :)

We stayed 4 years at Powderhorn Lodge in Ohakune, 2011 - 2014 and highly recommend it. Nice spa, bar, restaurants and you can hear the occasional freight train at night.

BTW my avatar was a real snow man in the main street of Ohakune after what the locals called 'Magic Tuesday' in 2011, the day the sun shone after a big dump closed the roads into town but not the road up the mountain. (Talk about being in the right place at the right time).

'Frosty' as we called him, was over 6 ft tall. He must have taken somebody quite a bit of work.
 
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They've not had a good year business wise, due to long periods of closure. This on the back of their major investment, hasn't gone down well.

Hopefully they can make some money late in the season but looking at those pics, looks quite lonely up there.
 
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essjaywhy

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Open all November...

RAL :

*WHAKAPAPA UPDATE*
The Far West T Bar will not operate for the remainder of Winter 2019. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of our maintenance team and the wire ropes specialist team at Cookes, we cannot feasibly repair or replace the cable within the next two weeks prior to our winter season end on 28th October. All the detail about the Far West T Bar can be found here: https://help.mtruapehu.com/hc/en-us/articles/360001204875

*WHAKAPAPA THIS NOVEMBER*
This season has been particularly challenging due to weather. We are grateful for your understanding and patience this winter. To thank you for the continued support, we are going to OPEN the Valley T Bar for skiing and riding 10am-2pm during fine WEEKENDS ALL NOVEMBER. “
 

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Went to Turoa last Thursday after a 16 year hiatus.

In typical fashion whakapapa was closed with gale force winds, turoa open with limited lifts and poor visibility. Luckily it gradually cleared until everything was open.

Cover is very good down to the bottom of the giant and good enough to the bottom.

The high noon is great, comfortable and no more t bars. Ngai wai heke opens up some good new terrain.

Snow was much better than expected, a bit slushy down low but otherwise nice.

A bit busier than I thought given lateness in season, weather and being a weekday but still no waiting at the chairs.

Shame I couldn't spend more time there.

First pic is from top of high noon, second is bottom of giant.
 

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dr80

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Quick trip to Ruapehu for closing weekend.
Skied Turoa as Whakapapa mostly on wind hold ( which I didn't really understand as wind seemed quite light at Turoa).
Snow quantity and quality was exceptional for end of October.
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Weather clearing

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Was busy on the lifts

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Despite the numbers, so much space

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Looking down from above High Noon
~900m vertical
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Nothing to see here

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Feels like I've just scratched the surface (think I said that last year ...)

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Looking from the SW
Turoa to the right

Got my season pass for 2020 ...
 

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Really? I thought they were a bit light on for snow at all the NZ fields, including Ruapehu. Maybe RAL trying to keep the faith with the punters. Good on em. I did see on their facey page that their bankers have signed off on finances/operations for next winter too. Must have been touch and go financially at the beginning of this year. But SkyWaka day visitors seems to have been a financial winner for them.
 

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RAL have poorly managed many things in trhe last few years, Summer gondola, cheap season and life passes = overcrowding and carparking; chopping this seasons services, car booking failures; so its good they offer a longer season back to skiers as theres always Nov snow above 2000m at the top lift , traversing Monday
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~ out to the M'turu, west of Turoa :
 
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