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Which North Island ski field is best fit?

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Which North Island ski field is best fit?

We will be travelling from Australia to Wellington and can just squeeze in a trip for skiing near Whakapapa for 3 full days (Thurs, Fri, Sat). We have had very limited past experience and there is Mum, Dad and 15yo son (might like to try snowboarding) in late August. Which field would you suggest for best chance of reasonable weather that would cater for beginner plus a bit more? Any other tips like accom and equipment hire warmly welcomed.

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1. Re: Which North Island ski field is best fit?

All the Ruapehu skifields will have an equal chance of reasonable weather. Usually if the wind is too strong on one side, it it also too strong on the other. It isn't that much of a detour if you do want to go to a different skifield, and the lift pass is accepted at both Turoa and Whakapapa.

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2. Re: Which North Island ski field is best fit?

Thanks very much KiwiMikey, will let accom choices make the decision then and go from there.

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3. Re: Which North Island ski field is best fit?

We lived in Auckland for 5 years and used to get season passes to Ruapehu. I found Turoa to be slightly more challenging than Whakapapa so if you're not that confident or just learning consider Whakapapa over Turoa.

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4. Re: Which North Island ski field is best fit?

Thanks Leesa

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5. Re: Which North Island ski field is best fit?

I would also recommend Whakapapa over Turoa. For beginners, the Happy Valley slopes at Whakapapa skifield are a good learning area. Equipment hire at Whakapapa including in the beginners valley. Accommodation in Whakapapa village, nearby National Park village, as well as Tokoaanu and Turangi a little further afield.

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