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)


Whakapapa’s Sky Waka Gondola Update

Progress is tracking nicely on the Sky Waka gondola with all of the cabins loaded into the parking/storage garage below the lift to keep them dry and out of the weather.

You’ll see the first few gondola cabins loaded onto the line at the drive and return station, which look awesome! The Mt Ruapehu crew are running the cabins to check the alignment and make sure everything is running smoothly. They’re not quite ready to open yet but it’s looking good and we’ll let you know as soon as you can ride it. Be sure to check Mt Ruapehu’s website to read more about the current gondola updates.

Tūroa’s High Noon Express is Back in Action!

We know you Tūroa skiers & riders have been looking forward to this sight for a while. The chairs are back on the High Noon Express! Mt Ruapehu are gearing up for the planned opening date on the 28th. As always, it’s going to be snow and weather dependent so don’t skimp out on us with those snow dances. Bring it ON ⛷




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