There were record-breaking numbers of visitors to Whakapapa and Tūroa Skifields over the two-week holiday period, with some ski shops running out of gear to hire.
The crowds were due to several good dumpings of snow and plenty of fine weather to enjoy it.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts confirmed it had more than 80,000 skiers and snowboarders up the mountain over the holiday period, an increase of more than 50 per cent on 2017. Staff on the mountain estimated there were a further 25,000 people enjoying free snow play areas on and around the mountain.
Ruapehu Alpine Lifts CEO Ross Copland said there were some very busy days that had tested their systems and processes “to the max”.
“This meant longer than usual wait times for our guests so we really appreciate the patience everyone showed.
“Our booking offices in Taupō and Ohakune were so popular they ran out of rental equipment a number of times and the phones were running red hot with booking inquiries. We’re already looking at ways to be more efficient for the next holiday period and we have some technology solutions under development that will transform our booking process.”