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Mt Ruapehu New Zealand skifield operator placed in voluntary administration

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Wow, I didnt have an inkling this was in the offing, I wonder where its going to go.

https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/300710275/ruapehu-skifield-operator-placed-in-voluntary-administration

Also from email from them

Whakapapa will continue to operate as planned, weather permitting, through to season close, estimated at 24 October. The three T bars – Valley, Knoll, and Far West – will be running, along with the Sky Waka gondola for access and sightseeing.

https://assets.ctfassets.net/zc9e1qnj1tno/3s0tNEGyUfJ2ciw15bv6k8/029e210db906a99d7f29ef645ad71b5b/Media_Release_for_RAL_11_Oct.pdf
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Wouldn’t be surprised if vail buy it.

Been rumoured for a while and a no snow year after 2 of covid was the final nail in the coffin.

Must suck for all the life pass holders.

There’s been loads of JAFAS down south this winter.
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Real shame
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hang11 wrote:
Wouldn’t be surprised if vail buy it.

Been rumoured for a while and a no snow year after 2 of covid was the final nail in the coffin.

Must suck for all the life pass holders.

There’s been loads of JAFAS down south this winter.



I do love the fact that even for a country as small and friendly as NZ the denizens of the capital city can still attract appropriate contempt presumably for their flashy international airs and graces.
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We are even more derogatory about Ozzie’s
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hang11 wrote:
Wouldn’t be surprised if vail buy it.

Been rumoured for a while and a no snow year after 2 of covid was the final nail in the coffin.

Must suck for all the life pass holders.



When I was there a few years ago I seem to remember talking to some locals and they were saying that the new lift they had not long built on the Turoa side had been financed by selling lifetime season passes and they thought this might become a problem in later years.
On the other hand I might have completely understood. rolling eyes

Hope they get it sorted.
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The ownership model is a bit like a community trust I think so it’s really difficult for them to access more traditional types of funding, or to bring in external investors.

Potentially a risky buy given that it’s on an active volcano. The La Niña impact this year is really unusual.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, my JAFA friends call each other JAFAs and it is always said and meant in a friendly fashion. It isn’t that derogatory, more tongue in cheek - love their self-deprecating humour.
Ozzies on the other hand… love ‘em too
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Sad about Ruapehu
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Yes, very. I spent a day there, years ago, pre-volcano, when driving from Auckland to Wellington, in theory for work. With a colleague who had never skied, and we had no suitable clothes. We went up in a bus, friendly people shared some sun cream, we rented warm clothes and walking boots and had a coffee, then I persuaded my colleague that we should rent some skis and try them out on the very nice beginner area with rope tow. The next day, at an official meeting in Wellington, I enjoyed feeling the very stiff muscle in my left arm, from so many trips up the rope tow. I was very impressed with the place.
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@Dave of the Marmottes, Auckland isn’t the capital city either.

That’s Wellington. Populated by politicians whose existence is largely ignored on the mainland
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hang11 wrote:
@Dave of the Marmottes, Auckland isn’t the capital city. …


But it should be. Toofy Grin

Will be a real shame if Ruapehu doesn’t continue in some form. Our kids, bar one aberration to Mt Hutt, learned to ski there.

Plus all those businesses in Turoa and National Park Village that rely on the ski fields and their customers will really suffer.

I was surprised when they recently invested in the gondola at Whakapapa. Cant have been cheap, and I guess bad timing.
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@ster, A fair bit of government money went into that gondola.

I’m sure it will still operate just under different ownership, with a reset on debt levels and some out of pocket creditors.

It would be a disaster for the local economy if it wasn’t operating. There’s not a whole lot else around there.

And if Auckland became capital city the next step would be independence for the mainland Very Happy
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hang11 wrote:
@Dave of the Marmottes, Auckland isn’t the capital city either.

That’s Wellington. Populated by politicians whose existence is largely ignored on the mainland


Fair point - my attention letting me down in my dotage. I was mainly just thrilled at remembering what JAFA stood for.

Sounds like poo-poo news but presumably will get resurrected in some form albeit perhaps not as skier friendly. With the return of international tourism there must be some business in summer lift rides erc?
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Dave of the Marmottes wrote:
With the return of international tourism there must be some business in summer lift rides erc?


I never thought Ruapehu fields were much of a summer destination. There is the Tongariro crossing nearby but didn’t think much went on on the fields in summer, but may have changed a bit with the new gondola.

Nor did many international tourist head there for skiing, most would head for the better known SI resorts. There would be the tourist buses that would stop on their way to/from Auckland/Wellington and the punters would get out for a walk on snow and a few sledge rides, but nothing big.

So mostly the domestic market and that would be from Auckland in school holidays and we would head down for the odd weekend when the weather forecast looked good.
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@ster, It's a long time since I visited but I remember staying in Taupo but saving any attempted skiing til Christchurch and Queenstown. Taupo felt a lot like an outdoors orientated tourist town (and I know it is not Ruapehu) and like you say both are in driving distance of Auckland so it feels like a non-existant snow season is the root issue. Those photos look a lot like one of my recurring nightmares about a ski trip.
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Looks like a lot of public money will be lost

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300710452/ruapehu-alpine-lifts-precarious-financial-position-flagged-in-april
https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/300710453/troubled-ruapehu-skifields-put-into-administration-owing-millions-to-government
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There was great snow when I went. We'd been driving Auckland - Wellington and heard the snow reports on FM radio. We could just see Ruapehu in the distance, rising above the rolling, sheep-filled hills, and I persuaded my colleage that we simply had to take a detour.
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