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Spring skiing at Mt Ruapehu

Spring skiing at Whakapapa ski field, Mt Ruapehu 2023

A spring skiing adventure to Mt Ruapehu, promised much as we journeyed to the mountain. The mountain’s sun touched slopes undergo a transformation in spring, the snow becomes corn snow (otherwise known as “hero snow”). It’s a time that all skiers and snowboarders love, it’s when the skiing gets easier, or so it seems.

Spring skiing at Mt Ruapehu takes skiing to a whole new level

Spring skiing a more laid-back and leisurely skiing experience

The snow conditions during spring on Mt Ruapehu are a magic mix of firm groomed trails and softening snow. The mornings start with a crisp, layer of snow that has been prepared by the groomers overnight, offering the joy of carving through smooth, well-defined runs. A good warm up for the main event – the corn!

As the day progresses, the sun’s rays warm the snow, gradually transforming the texture beneath the skis. The once firm and compacted snow takes on a more forgiving quality “smooth & soft”, creating a free-flowing surface for skiers & snowboarders.

This softer snow allows for easier turns and an overall smoother descent, as a skier this is one of the reasons you ski, that feeling of weightlessness as you glide over the spring snow is pure magic!

Spring skiing on Mt Ruapehu is pure joy

The snow conditions during spring on Mt Ruapehu are a magic mix of firm groomed trails and softening snow. The mornings start with a crisp, layer of snow that has been prepared by the groomers overnight, offering the joy of carving through smooth, well-defined runs. A good warm up for the main event – the corn!

As the day progresses, the sun’s rays warm the snow, gradually transforming the texture beneath the skis. The once firm and compacted snow takes on a more forgiving quality “smooth & soft”, creating a free-flowing surface for skiers & snowboarders.

This softer snow allows for easier turns and an overall smoother descent, as a skier this is one of the reasons you ski, that feeling of weightlessness as you glide over the spring snow is pure magic!

About Mt Ruapehu

Ski and ride in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island at two epic ski areas – Whakapapa and Tūroa Ski Areas – spanning 1050 hectares. Long, gentle slopes and premier beginner facilities entice first-timers to the maunga (mountain), allowing them space to turn and stop at their own pace.

More advanced skiers and riders rejoice in accessible free-ride terrain, with natural bowls, wind lips, and many cliffs and shoots.

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