Last year, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts – who operate both Whakapapa and Tūroa ski fields – were accused of forgetting about Tūroa and Ohakune in favour of tourist hub Taupō.

Ohakune businessman Dave Scott raised his concerns after travelling through Turangi and seeing flags fluttering from poles, advertising Mt Ruapehu’s ski areas. He also heard Taupō had them.

Scott said he and others were upset by what they saw as RAL’s focus on Whakapapa skifield with Taupō as its hub, at the expense of Ohakune and Tūroa.

But RAL chief executive Ross Copland said a development plan is in place which will see huge benefits to, not only Tūroa skifield, but also the Ohakune township as well.

“There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on but we are currently working through our Indicative Development Plan which is a 10-year plan,” Copland said.

“Our job is once people are in our region is to attract them to our businesses and get them spending and staying locally.”

The plan involves new chairlifts, a new gondola, chalet upgrades, and terrain modifications.

Source: Taupo Times (Steph Rangi)

Image: CHRISTEL YARDLEY / STUFF

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