Turoa ski resort is located in Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand. With a peak elevation of 2322 m it offers skiers and snowboarders a 722 m vertical drop.
Turoa ski resort sits on the south-western slopes of Mount Ruapehu. Apart from sitting on New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has lots of other claims to fame. It has Australasia's longest vertical drop and it is one of only two commercial ski fields on the North Island. Moreover, it offers some of the most amazing natural terrain in the country. Huge snow filled basins, back country, steep chutes, drop-offs and secret powder stashes.
You can access Turoa ski resort from Ohakune Mountain Road, a 17km sealed road. Not skiing or snowboarding. No problem. Enjoy the free tobogganing area with great coffee in the cafes. You also enjoy sightseeing chairlift rides for adjoining area views from the highest mountain in the North Island. There’s something for everyone. Fantastic learners’ facilities, exceptional terrain and terrain parks for free-skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.
In total Turoa ski resort offers 100 km of trails with 20% (20 km) of the total terrain ideal for beginners, 55% (55 km) suitable for intermediate skiers and 25% (25 km) for the more advanced and expert level skiers and snowboarders. This is all easily accessible with 8 ski lifts.
The Alpine Meadow at the base of Turoa ski area is a wonderful little beginners' area. It has a massive 120m long carpet lift. The intermediate terrain at is mostly wide and smooth. Though you can easily find a few chutes and bowls to keep it interesting too. There are 12 intermediate runs, all of which are nice and long. With 25 black and black diamond runs and two spectacular backcountry areas you'll find a massive variety of terrain as an advanced skier/rider.
In summer, you can experience a spectacular journey to the pristine Crater Lake near the highest point in the North Island. Venture through rugged volcanic terrain & learn about the geological & cultural significance of Mt Ruapehu, the Tongariro National Park and New Zealand's first Dual World Heritage Site.
Turoa ski resort is one of 25 ski resorts on offer in New Zealand. You can view more ski resorts in New Zealand here.
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