After a loud public outcry, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL) have decided to keep a free sledding area near Happy Valley free of charge. RAL were proposing $59 entry for adults and $35 for children, but have since scrapped the idea saying,

“the additional area within Happy Valley, came about after engagement with concerned locals over the past few weeks. We listened to the issues raised and have worked with our team to find a solution.”

“Our reputation as a community focused organisation is very important to us,” he said on Monday,

“everyone will continue to enjoy free snow play and sledding in designated areas at both Whakapapa and Turoa.”