Adaptive Centre

Anyone can get involved in snowsports!

Our Adaptive Program is here to assist anyone with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments. It's all about having fun and safely experiencing the freedom that can be achieved on snow. We are here to give you all the help you might need to achieve your snow sports aspirations and to be part of our amazing alpine environment.

Get out on the mountain and experience everything it has to offer. The Adaptive Program works to ensure there is virtually no limit participating in snowsports. With the right equipment and instruction anyone can enjoy the thrill of the mountain regardless of ability!


Get a Snow Sports New Zealand (Adaptive) membership and receive discounts. Snow Sports New Zealand (Adaptive) members receive a passport that entitles them to 50% discount on day lift passes and equipment at Mt Ruapehu (discount does not apply to special deals). Try to make sure you arrive on the mountain with your card so we can get the discounts for you as soon as you arrive on the mountain. For more information and to register see their website.

Adaptive Lessons

  1. Fill out the Adaptive Lesson booking form and email it to us at the address at the bottom of this page.
  2. If it’s your first time here please also fill out the Customer Information Sheet.
  3. If you have any questions, or for group bookings with any Adaptive needs, please email us to discuss with our Adaptive Coordinator.

Please note that all bookings (Turoa & Whakapapa) go through Turoa Adaptive at the email address at the bottom of this page.

It is important that you book in advance to ensure that we have availability and that you get the best instructor for your needs. If you require any equipment it is important for us to know before your lesson.

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

Adaptive starter pack

2 hour lesson + Beginner Lift Pass + rentals. The Getting Started package is for first time skiers and snowboarders and the Beginner Lift Pass cannot be upgraded.
  Adult Youth
Price $96 $76


Lesson only pricing

  Adult Youth
2 hour lesson $168 $135
3 hour lesson $221 $177
4 hours $269 $216
5 hours $312 $250
6 hours $341 $273



Adaptive Rental Equipment

  1. Fill out the Adaptive Rental form and email it to us at the address at the bottom of the page with your Adaptive Lesson booking form.
  2. If you want to rent Adaptive equipment without having a lesson, please fill out the Adaptive Rental form only. Note our policy below.

Adaptive equipment is available to enable everyone's participation regardless of strength or ability. Below is a list of Adaptive rental equipment. Contact the Adaptive Coordinator (Contact information at bottom of page) if you are unsure of which equipment you are going to need. Please note that helmets are compulsory when participating in an Adaptive Lesson.

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Adaptive Rental Policy

When renting adaptive equipment for individual use (outside of a lesson) at Mt Ruapehu for the first time we require you to take a one hour lesson so we can assess your and your helper(s) ability to use the equipment correctly. We need to ensure the safety of the person, their helper(s) and all other people on the mountain. For further inquiries please email us to get in contact with our Adaptive Coordinator.
*Adaptive equipment here refers to a monoski or a bi-ski.

  Skis/ Boards/ Boots/ Helmet etc. Sit skis (mono and bi) Outriggers Bib, ski link, or harness
With lesson 50% discount $20 $10 $5
ASNZ price 50% discount $20 $10 $5
Non member price Regular prices $40 $20 $10

All pricing is in NZD and includes GST of 15%. Prices are accurate at the time of update for the 2018 season. Products and/or prices may be subject to change without notice.

Use of credit/debit card will incur a 1.75% processing fee

How to book

It’s simple! Print off the forms attached. Send them back to the Turoa adaptive learning centre and we will get you booked in ready for your arrival on the mountain.

What to expect when you arrive

If you have a mobility parking permit email us in advance and we can make the necessary arrangements with the car parking staff to get you in a suitable parking area. If you don’t have a sign please contact the Adaptive Coordinator for further assistance. When you get onto the mountain 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 a lot of different equipment options.

Other organisations dedicated to getting people with disabilities onto the snow

Snowsports NZ (Adaptive)

Special Olympics

Halberg Trust


Turoa Adaptive Centre

Ph: 06 385 8456 Ext: 5611
Fax: 06 385 8992

Form Downloads

Turoa Adaptive Lesson Booking Form

Customer Information Sheet

Mt Ruapehu Adaptive Rental Request Form

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