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Check out the latest news & media coverage from Mt Ruapehu’s two ski areas Tūroa & Whakapapa.

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See below for latest media releases.

2020 Winter Season Update

RAL (Ruapehu Alpine Lifts) CEO Jono Dean announced today further information regarding the 2020 winter season and what this will look like this year.

Read more in the full release.

2020 Update

Local Community Benefits From Mt Ruapehu Fundraiser

18 December 2019

Hundreds of Ruapehu and Taupo locals headed to Mt Ruapehu at the weekend to ride the Sky Waka, all for a great cause.

Mt Ruapehu’s annual Locals’ Weekend not only offered locals a chance to experience the new Sky Waka in summer at a great price, but also raised $6,420 for St John Waimarino Area Committee and the National Park Community Pool, with a further $757 raised in donation buckets.

Nearly 1,300 people rode the Sky Waka heading up to Knoll Ridge at 2020m above sea level for spectacular panoramic views and dining, and even some lingering snow to play in.

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Xmas comes early for Tahitian group

26 November 2019

Christmas came early – complete with snow – for a Tahitian group visiting Mt Ruapehu recently. It was an amazing experience for them all, in particular 13-year-old Tamahere Tihata who has distal myopathy.

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Local schools save old lift chairs from the scrap heap

4 November 2019

National Park School’s latest upcycling project is benefitting both the environment and helping fund the 2020 ski season for local school children at the same time.

When Mt Ruapehu put out the call that old lift chairs needed new homes schools from Ohakune, Taupo, National Park and Owhango took up the opportunity and snapped up nearly 200 chairs.

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Changes, challenges and new beginnings at Mt Ruapehu

31 October 2019

It’s been a season of challenges, changes and new beginnings on Mt Ruapehu with an exciting summer ahead.

Mother Nature hasn’t been overly obliging in delivering consistent and good weather this season, instead turning on storms, wind and icy conditions, but a lot of fun was still had by all on the slopes.

See attached press release for more details and check out the season wrap video on Facebook.

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New CEO for Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

8 October 2019

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited (RAL), operators of Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Areas on Mt Ruapehu, announced today that Jono Dean has been appointed as the new CEO of the company.

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Mt Ruapehu - a key training ground for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

10 October 2019

The slopes of Mt Ruapehu have become a training ground for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics staff.

A group of 35 recently spent a couple of weeks on the ski slopes of Mt Ruapehu honing their skills for both the upcoming World Cup and the Winter Olympic games.

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Laughs aplenty at iconic Tūroa Spring Events

8 October 2019

Two of Tūroa’s iconic annual spring events at the weekend attracted fun and frivolity with a dose of the usual competitiveness in the mix as well, as we hosted the Bikini Downhill and Peak to Powderkeg.

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Mt Ruapehu enticing new skiiers and promoting weekday skiing for 2020

1 October 2019

Looking ahead to the 2020 ski season, Mt Ruapehu is aiming to entice more people to give snow sports a go as well as encouraging skiiers to head up the mountain during the week to avoid the crowds.

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