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

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2019 is a very exciting time for RAL (Ruapehu Alpine Lifts) with heavy investment into Whakapapa Ski Area & NZ’s largest gondola due to open this winter.
Both Tūroa & Whakapapa have a stacked events calendar lined up for the 2019 winter season & Whakapapa holds New Zealand’s longest season from
June 1 – October 28. Events include Whakapapa’s Mini Games, Whakapapa Cup, Tūroa Bikini Downhill, Tūroa Pond Skim & Snow Sports NZ Slopestyle events.

Feel free to contact Mt Ruapehu’s Marketing Manager for all media requests.

See below for latest media releases.

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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Mt Ruapehu Cadetship Opens Career Doors for Locals

26 September 2019

Mt Ruapehu is opening up mountains of opportunity to local career seekers.

Each year Ruapehu Alpine Lifts (RAL), which operates both Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas, offers cadetships to up to 14 people across all areas of its business. There is a strong focus on jobseekers in and around Ohakune and Raetihi for Turoa ski field, and Taumarunui, National Park and Turangi for Whakapapa.

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Bluebird day at Mt Ruapehu attracts thousands

1 September 2019

Spring has arrived in stunning style delivering a bluebird day at Mt Ruapehu with thousands heading up the mountain.

Mt Ruapehu’s Tūroa and Whakapapa ski fields are full of skiiers, snowboarders, tobogganers and sightseers enjoying the pristine conditions.

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The Science of Avalanche Control

17 August 2019

The science of avalanche control on Mt Ruapehu is a complex one.
Every day routine avalanche control procedures are conducted before Whakapapa or Tūroa ski fields are cleared to open safely to the public and staff.

The team at Mt Ruapehu is constantly working on making the ski fields safe, as shown by the recent avalanches at Tūroa. These avalanches were set off during avalanche control, in areas identified by the snow safety team as areas of weakness.

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Mt Ruapehu CEO to move south

22 July 2019

After successfully leading the Mt Ruapehu ski areas through a significant period of development, CEO Ross Copland is moving south to take on a new challenge.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Chair Murray Gribben says Ross has made an outstanding contribution to the ski areas, which have experienced a period of enhanced profitability, licence renewal of the Turoa ski area, significant infrastructure developments including the new $25m Sky Waka gondola, and the roll out of a new digital and e-commerce strategy during his 3 year tenure.

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Let it snow!

11 July 2019

Thanks to perfect timing from Mother Nature Whakapapa and Tūroa lower ski fields are in full swing for the school holidays.

Thousands have already headed up the mountain to ski, snowboard, toboggan and sightsee. The holidays kicked off with a great weekend of steady snow fall that has continued during the week – and there’s more snow in the forecast.

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