Snowboard or Ski Turoa!
Turoa is nestled above the ski town of Ohakune which has a vibrant apres ski scene and a range of accommodation.
Turoa ski field has something for everyone with good beginner facilities, great skiing for intermediates and (snow conditions permitting) some of New Zealand's best off trail advanced skiing and riding. Turoa unlike Whakapapa is a wide open mountain with plenty of room for intermediates to enjoy riding the trails.
For advanced skier's and riders the runs to the left and right of the mountain can be fantastic long runs with few people around. Whilst they lack some of the difficulty of the expert runs at Whakapapa they offer more of big mountain experience with a sense of size being prevalent.
The organ pipes to the west are huge several kilometer long natural half pipes forged by the might of the volcano.
To the east Mangahuehue glacier offers some outstanding out of bounds expert skiing and riding. Caution is required but its worth it if you are sensible. Always check in with Ski Patrol before going there. It can be very icy and should be avoided on those days. Snow boarders beware you will need to traverse to access this advanced terrain to the West and East of Turoa. Its worth it though!
The new six seater chairlift is set to be operational in 2007
New snowmaking and a huge new Alpine cafe means
Powderhound loves Turoa!
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Season Length June - October
Typical snow conditions
Can be bullet proof ice but known for great spring skiing
with the odd powder day in Winter. Nice grooming.
Vertical drop 745m's
Key Feature - NZ's biggest vertical drop accessed by the biggest chairlift in NZ!