Turoa Ski Area

Turoa Ski Area is located on the southern slopes of New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Ruapehu. The ski season begins in June with the opening of Happy Valley and can stretch to the end of October.

Turoa Ski Area is a favourite with those who enjoy the space and freedom of its wide, open runs. There are also plenty of chutes, bowls and natural half-pipes if you want a challenge. It has a massive 722 metres of vertical descent and also boasts New Zealand’s highest chairlift - the Highnoon Express.

Advanced skiers and riders will love the 25 black and double-black diamond runs and the two lift-accessed backcountry areas (Solitude/Organ Pipes and the Triangle/Glacier) which offer a vast variety of terrain.
If getting quality park time during the Mount Ruapehu ski season is your thing, then Turoa Ski Area is the place to go.

Turoa has a dedicated freestyle terrain park located just below the top of the Giant Chairlift. There are medium terrain features for intermediate and advanced riders and an XL Park, offering big kickers for advanced riders.

For the beginners, Alpine Meadow is a great place to learn to ski or snowboard. Its 120m long magic carpet lift makes it really easy for beginners to get to the top of the slope. There’s also a separate tobogganing area next to the Alpine Meadow for those that just want to have a play around.

Turoa Ski Area is also home to the Yeti Kids’ Centre. This is a fully licensed childcare facility for children aged two and five years old. There is a range of different childcare options available, including a Yeti Skiwee (Learn to Ski) programme for three to five year olds.