The climate up here is probably very different to what you're used to. The conditions on Ruapehu can be very changeable so you need to be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you. Here's what you'll need to get maximum enjoyment from the snow.
Lots of layers of wool or synthetic fibres like polypropylene and polar fleece are ideal for keeping you warm and dry. Wearing layers means you can add or remove layers as the temperature changes and that's important in this changeable environment.
You don't need thick socks (in fact thin socks are more comfortable under under ski and snowboard boots) but you do need socks that will stay warm if they get wet.
Woolen or waterproof gloves or mittens will keep your hands warm. There is a budget range of waterproof gloves and mittens available to buy on the mountain from $25.
Ski/board helmets are available to rent on the mountain to keep you safe and warm. A warm woolen hat will help prevent heat from escaping your body.
You can rent good quality waterproof outwear on the mountain. It will keep you protected from getting wet and also from the wind. You'll be much warmer and happier for it!
Smooth soled or skate shoes are not suitable for walking on potentially icey surfaces. Wear sneakers or boots with good grip. You can rent snow boots on the mountain.
The snow is very very bright! It may be cold but don't forget your sunnies! We have a budget range of sunglasses and googles at the on-mountain Vertical retails stores.
The sun reflected off the snow can be very harsh. Goggle tans are no longer cool - wear sunblock! You can buy sunblock suitable for alpine conditions from the on-mountain Vertical retail stores.