SKI NEW ZEALAND
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1. Manganui

Manganui is a lesser known club field on the North Island of New Zealand. On par with similar club fields there  are 4 lifts (only one T bar the rest are rope tows).  There is a small beginner area but this is a mountain for the off-piste areas and to explore the mountain you are going to need to get familiar with the ‘nut cracker’ a familiar device for those who ski the NZ club fields. The harness goes around your waist and has a clamp grip that grabs and holds the rope (much like a nut cracker and hence the name).   But back to Manganui, the ski resort is set on Mt Taranaki and operated by the Straford Mountain Club.

 

Elevation: 1680m (peak) 1,260m (lodge) 
Size of Resort: 59 hectares
Vertical Drop: 420 meters
Number of lifts: 4 (1 T Bar and 3 Rope Tows)
Number of runs: 25
Terrain: 65% Black, 35% Blue, 5% Green
Average Annual Snow Fall: 300cm
Average Annual Season Dates: June – October
Snowmaking: nil
Daily Lift Ticket: $50 (2020 list price)

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2. Whakapapa (Mt Ruapehu)

Mt Ruapehu has New Zealand’s two largest (and only commercial) ski areas on one mountain and its on a volcano!  Perfect!

The larger of the two Whakapapa (pronounced fuka pupa), it gets a long season and some of that is the altitude with a peak at 2,797 meters and lifts running to 2,300 meters.   Given how close to Auckland the resort is, it does tend to get very, very busy at times. 

Elevation: 2300m (peak) 1,630m (lodge) 
Size of Resort: 550 hectares
Vertical Drop: 420 meters
Number of lifts: 12 (1 Gondola, 5 Chair Lifts,  3 T Bars and 3 Magic Carpet)
Number of runs: 65
Terrain: 25% Black, 45% Blue, 30% Green
Average Annual Snow Fall: 300cm
Average Annual Season Dates: June – October
Snowmaking: nil
Daily Lift Ticket: $149 (2020 list price)

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3 Turoa (Mt Ruapehu)

Mt Hotham is considered by many (mostly Victorians) the most challenging mountain in Australia famed for its double black runs (Mary’s Slide, Gotcha Ridge and Spargo’s).  Hotham village sits on top of the mountain and you ski down into the valley.  This is good if you are staying out of the mountain as you can drive up park your car and ski to the bottom with out waiting on a lift.  Like Falls Creek, Mt Hotham is about 4.5 hours from Melbourne and you also need to purchase your park access before you arrive (~$50 per car per night).

Elevation: 2,037 (top), 1,365 (village)
Size of Resort: 480 Ha (skiable area)
Number of lifts: 14
Number of runs: 50>
Longest run: 5km (Village Trail)
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4. Rainbow

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5. Mt Lyford

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6. Mt Cheeseman

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8. Mt Hutt

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9. Mt Dobson

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10. Roundhill

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13. Coronet Peak

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