Adaptive Learning Centre

Anyone can get involved in snow sports!

The Ruapehu Adaptive Programme aims to assist anyone with a disability to get out and have fun and freedom on the snow. We’re here to give you whatever help you might need to achieve your skiing/snowboarding aspirations and to be part of our wonderful alpine environment.

Our experienced adaptive instructors provide an opportunity for all people with disabilities to experience the thrill of skiing or snowboarding and enjoy the spectacular Mt Ruapehu.

Snow sports are a fantastic way to get out on the mountain and experience everything the mountain has to offer. The program works to ensure there is virtually no limit as to who can participate in snow sports. With the right equipment and instruction anyone can enjoy the thrill of the mountain regardless of ability!

What can we do for you!

Get adaptive snow sports (ASNZ) membership and receive discounts.

Join ASNZ and save money. ASNZ members receive a passport that entitles them to 50% discount on lift passes and equipment. Try to make sure you arrive on the hill with your ASNZ card so we can get the discounts for you as soon as you arrive on the hill.

To register go to to register.

Adaptive lessons

A variety of lessons are available from beginners to more experienced athletes who would like to compete in skiing or riding. Our instructors in the adaptive centre are trained to teach and deal with all disabilities and illnesses.

It is important you book in advance, so we can ensure you get the best instructor for you and prepare any equipment you may need in advance so you can get onto the snow quickly as possible. Just send us an email or give us a call. (Contact information at bottom of page)

Lesson duration Adaptive Starter Pack (2 hr lesson, beginner lift pass & rentals) 2 hours Half day lesson (3 hours) Full day lesson (6 hours)
price $110 (adult), $80 (youth) *$85 per hour thereafter* $130 $220 $370




School group members will be charged the relevant school group lesson rate.

Adaptive rental equipment

Adaptive equipment is available to enable everyone's participation regardless of strength or ability. Below is a list of all are adaptive rental equipment. Contact either the Turoa or Whakapapa Adaptive Centre if you are unsure as to what equipment you are going to need.

Equipment Skis/ Boards/ Boots/ Helmet etc Sit skis (mono and bi) Outriggers
With lesson 50% discount $20 $10
ASNZ price 50% discount $20 $10
Non member price Regular prices $40 $20





How to book

It’s simple! Print off the forms attached below. Send them back to the Turoa or Whakapapa adaptive learning centre (the email can be found further down the page) and we will get you booked in ready for your arrival on the mountain.

Adobe Acrobat DocumentAdaptive Centre booking information sheet 2014
Adobe Acrobat Document, 226 KB

What to expect when you arrive on the hill

If you have a disabled parking pass then email us in advance and we can make the necessary arrangements with the car parking staff to get you in a disabled parking bay. When you get onto the hill for the first time make contact with the adaptive coordinator. So we can sort out lift passes, rentals and lessons. Usually the first time on the hill will take slightly longer while we find the correct equipment for your needs as we have lots of different equipment options.

Whakapapa Adaptive Centre

Adaptive Centre
Whakapapa Ski Area
Mt Ruapehu
Ph: 07 892 4000 Ext: 7848 Fax: 07 892 3732

Turoa Adaptive Centre

Adaptive Centre
Turoa Ski Area
Mt Ruapehu
Ph: 06 385 8456 Ext: 5611 Fax: 06 385 8992

Go to Whakapapa Adaptive Centre

Other organisations dedicated to getting people with disabilities onto the snow


*All pricing is in NZD and includes GST of 15%. Prices are accurate at the time of page update for the 2014 season. Products and/or prices may be subject to change without notice.

**Use of credit/debit card will incur a 2% processing fee

Contact Us

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts
Private Bag 71902
Mt Ruapehu 3951
New Zealand
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Turoa +64 6 385 8456
Whakapapa +64 7 892 4000