New Additions for 2022

We now have x2 new Fisher and Paykel fridges for the Kitchen and members fridge in the TV Room! These had to be purchased as the old ones were unable to reach cold enough temperatures that were required under the food act. We also have installed a Electrolux Steriliser for the dishes!! This should greatly reduce the time spent on dishes to ensure people can get back to skiing after meals.

Carparking 2023

It is important that you are aware of the Whakapapa carparking rules and how the carparks work. Linked below is a RMCA document outlining the details of the parking system and agreement. Also linked is the carparking map for clubbies. Any number in RED is an allocated club carpark location. If you park anywhere else overnight you will be towed!

Rangatira Express Foot Traffic

Following a trial created for the 2019 season, RAL have amended the rules regarding uphill travel on the lift. Previously there was no casual foot traffic on the Rangatira outside of the designated hours of 4-4:30pm and 8-8:30pm during night skiing. The new rules from RAL are:

  • If the lift has maintenance/lift/patrol clearance they will be happy to load club members from 8.45am to 9am. Within reason, they will load bags and foot passengers.
  • All chairs carrying foot passengers will need to be stopped so this will need to be managed.
  • They will repeat the process again with gear and foot passengers from 3.45pm to closing at 4pm.
  • During the rest of the normal operating time during the day access will require ski/board passengers only with one bag that needs to be managed & carried by the individual.
  • All guests regardless of times will require passes.
  • Over & above normal club members, should any of the custodians require some stores to be moved (once again within reason) then they will be happy to try and accommodate this. Ideally to bracket this in that 8.45am to 9am slot. 

Our Custodians know who to contact about this. As with anything else on the mountain this is obviously dictated by the weather so don’t expect a lift up if its a blizzard and the chair is already shut down for the night. Please also respect the staff and their decisions, this expectation was set out in the original trial and we don’t want anyone to jeopardize the system for all the other clubs on the field.

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Ski Racers Club is situated on whakapapa ski field. It is a friendly, family oriented club with profe

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While the news is out there that Whakapapa Holdings have pulled their bid for our side and Pure Turoa is awaiting the result of their license application for the other side, it is awesome to see that the staff on both sides are still preparing for what will hopefully shape up to be an epic 2024 ski season!If you or anyone you know has always wanted to work on a skifield, now could be your chance. Both sides are hiring for staff right now. See the post below for more details.In other news, dont forget to keep an eye on your inbox as we will be sending out an email with some upcoming dates for some things that are currently in the pipeline... ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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It’s so good to see the snow keep on coming down this late in the season! This weekend does also mark the last weekend that the club is open for the season so last chance for some awesome spring skiing. Whakapapa is set to close soon after on the 23rd of October, so conditions pending we may open the club if there are many members wanting to come on a certain weekend before the field closing date as we have done in previous years. There is still room at the club this weekend so get your bookings in now for some epic spring skiing!bookings.skiracers.co.nz ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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Another stunning weekend up at the club, 2-1/2 bluebird days with some great spring skiing conditions and awesome grooming work on the runs. A couple rocks starting to show through on the lower mountain but the snow forecast for this week indicates a good top up is on its way. The good news is there is still plenty of room midweek and weekends at the club. We are at peak weekends and there are barely any lift queues!bookings.skiracers.co.nz ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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Now that is what you call a stunning week! Perfect weather all week, no queues and no one on the mountain making for the perfect ski on ski off conditions. There are still weekends at the club that aren’t full, and there are also many midweeks days where there is no one at all, so get up there and have some of the best skiing in years.bookings.skiracers.co.nz ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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What a weekend coming up! To mark 70 years of RAL there will be twilight skiing on Saturday, free twilight sightseeing on the Sky Waka, as well as discounted $70 adult day passes and $45 youth day passes. Dress up in your best vintage ski gear and get out there!Still plenty of space available in the club this weekend so it’s not too late to book a brilliant ski weekend!bookings.skiracers.co.nzCommemorating 70 years of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.This September marks 70 years since the inception of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts – the operator of Whakapapa and Tūroa Ski Areas.To commemorate, on Friday 1 September, and for that day only, we will be offering discounted adult weekday passes for $70 (for 70 years). Youth passes will also be discounted to $45. Passes purchased on Friday 1 September can be used on any weekday across the remainder of the 2023 season. Buy online at mtruapehu.com/passes.Up on mountain, we’d love for you to join us in commemorating the 70 year milestone on Saturday 2 September. Dress up in your vintage ski kit and enjoy late afternoon festivities in the Whakapapa plaza and at Lorenz’s Bar & Café from 4-7pm. Our plan is also to roll free twilight skiing at Whakapapa from 4-6pm, and free sightseeing on the Sky Waka gondola from 4-6pm also, conditions permitting.More info to come!---In 1953, Ruapehu Alpine Lifts was formed to support the development of Whakapapa Ski Area, before going on to purchase Tūroa Ski Area in 2000.Back then, we wouldn’t have foreseen seeing in 70 years of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts whilst in liquidation – but here we are.BUT!We are also here in what is turning into one of the BEST snow seasons in recent memory!Tūroa has ticked over 255cm snow base while pockets of up to 8m have been found at Whakapapa. People are continuing to report having the best days of their lives up on the slopes this season.Generations of New Zealanders flock to Mt Ruapehu each year and we hope this will continue. Many discovered their first love of snow at our beginner facilities. Others have gone on to revel in our 1050 hectares of epic intermediate and advanced freeride terrain.There has been good, bad, and sometimes even ugly, but we want to celebrate Mt Ruapehu, its loyal following, and our incredibly hard working team. Those who continue to swing the yeti sticks against our world renowned ice, groom through the night to millimetre perfection, stand in bitter southerly fronts in the plazas to greet and support our manuhiri, manage our (aging) infrastructure and the technical curve balls it throws us, navigate the logistics of transporting food and drinks to 2020m above sea level, and the rest.While we expect this might be the last season of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts, we remain hopeful of a future of snow sports on Maunga Ruapehu. We hope you will commemorate this milestone with us, sharing your love, energy, stories, and photos of the magic maunga.⛷: Lyall Adam Crump📷: Derek Morrison (taken circa ‘94)#NewZealandsPeakAdventure #MagicMtRuapehu #MightyMtRuapehu #WhakapapaSkiArea #TūroaSkiArea ... See MoreSee Less
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