Book accommodation in advance:
Ruapehu is a busy region during the winter months, especially during weekends and school holidays. Check out the Mt Ruapehu accommodation options on our site and book early to get the best deals.
Check the weather conditions:
The beginner areas, Happy Valley or the Alpine Meadow, are usually protected from weather conditions that may impact the upper mountain. Please check the weather on our snow report to prepare for the appropriate conditions.
Dress appropriately: Even though it may be a sunny day, it can still be cold and the weather can change quickly. It is important to have an outer layer that is waterproof, so stay away from cotton clothing like jeans that offer no protection. Layers of wool or synthetic fibres like polypropylene and polar fleece are great! It doesn’t matter if you have too many clothes as Mt Ruapehu has lockers you can leave excess in when you get too hot, and you can always head into the cafe; to warm up if you get too cold.
Rent modern equipment
Our on mountain rental gear is modern, lightweight, shaped to make it easier to turn and the binding systems are safer. Borrowing Aunty Sue's old skis might sound like a great money saver , but renting this equipment will make your time on the mountain much more fun and learning will be easier. It's cheap to rent on the mountain and our gear is regularly maintained so you can relax knowing it’s safe. Check out all the details on the rentals sections of the website.
Make sure the boot fits: . A well-fitted boot will make your day on the snow comfortable and give you better control of your skis or snowboard. Your boots should feel firm but not so tight that they hurt. It’s better to try on a range of sizes and be happy, than to take the first pair in a rush to get on the slopes. Come and see our on-mountain rentals team who will help you get the perfect fit.
Get a lesson: The best way to learn to ski or board is from a professional instructor. Our friendly ski and snowboard instructors come from all over the world and are all fully trained and qualified to teach you the right skills at the right pace. They'll keep you safe and help you build your confidence and skills so that you'll be up riding within the day. There’s privates lessons and group lessons so to find out what’s best for you and get more information on our learn to ski or snowboard packages visit http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/Packages/
Be safe: Check out our safety information so you know how to keep yourself safe and happy on the slopes.