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: New Zealand
: Mt Ruapehu
: Roger C
: 5th August 2006
: In NZ on a work trip so couldnt resist some out of season snow fun
: about 4.5 hrs drive south of Auckland. I think there's a daily coach but hire car probably best bet, this also gives the opportunity to explore on the way there and back
: slow chairs, t bars (not seen them before!) and drags
: wide open slopes on side of the volcano, pretty much go anywhere as long as you watch out for the numerous cliffs! Turoa has the longest vertical of any resort in NZ or Aus but at 722m it's not particularly long by European standards. Longest runs are about 4km.
: variable, hard first thing, softening up in the afternoon
: plenty of off piste including two dedicated "lift accessed backcountry areas". Had an absolutely amazing run in the "Solitude backcountry area" with a couple of the local ski hosts
: sprawling town with plenty of hire shops, bars, cafes etc
: chips on the mountain were quite good!
: can highly recommend the Miro Ridge at Okahune (closest town to slopes)
Annie and Peter were great hosts and made me feel very welcome. Had a fantastic BBQ on Sat eve and Peter treated us to an amazing set of folk singing with his various acoustic guitars
: NZ is generally excellent value for european visitors, eg soft drink on slopes about ¬£1, beer ¬£2, beef burgundy "dish of the day" ¬£3.50 (would have been 10 quid in France for sure!)
: had a great day skiing, was planning to visit sister resort Whakapapa on following day but slopes at both places were closed that day due to poor weather. I understand this is quite a common occurence.
If you are in Auckland during the NZ winter and have a spare day or two i'd recommend heading to Mt Ruapehu!
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