Workparties for 2021

We have two workparties scheduled to prepare for this season. The first will be on the 1st-2nd of May and involve bringing our large food order up, some painting and staining and other important jobs. the spillover that doesn’t get completed will then be finished the following weekend of the 8th-9th. If you are able to come to either of these, check out the details on our Facebook page or in the latest emails from us.

Changes to the Rangatira Express

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.

Carparking 2021

With the introduction of the new parking system and restrictions for 2020, it’s important that you are aware of the rules and how it works. 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!

At this stage bookable parking will be in place at Whakapapa and Turoa between 7am-10am on weekends throughout winter.

  • Life Pass holders will not be required to book if arriving between these hours (7am-10am).
  • Season Pass holders will have early access to book. (Season Pass holders will be required to book if arriving between 7am-10am on weekends.)
  • Anytime Platinum Pass holders will not be required to book and may access the Platinum car park on any day.
  • If arriving after 10am on weekends, or visiting during the week the ‘first in first parked’ system is in place and access will be subject to capacity. Additional details around parking will be released closer to winter.

Check out our Facebook Page – Ski Racers – Ski Club

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Firewood Fundraiser

There are plenty of bags for sale this season. Find out more about what your support does by going to the ‘Firewood Fundraiser’ page or get your wood now by Calling or Email Mike on

021 254 3101

If you’ve got recent photos you’d like included on the website, please email the Club on

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

The new windows are installed, the handrails have been primed and repainted and the whole club has been given a coat of stain. With an unexpected 23 people at the workparty, almost every job on the list was ticked off! The freezers are full to the brim and the shelves are buckling under the weight of a season’s worth of food - just waiting for the snow to fall and for you all to turn up!Again, a big thanks to:- Rob and Doug for installing the windows- The painting and maintenance gang of Kevin, Garth, Reuben, Alex, Ben, Ben, Jordan, Paul, Trevor, Ross, Blair and Shane- Lesley, Anita and Ailsa who packed away all the food and kept everyone fed- Stan and Denise for all the organising - Zoe, Ayla, Kieron, Tay and Cooper for bringing their parents!A shout-out too to Marisse, Grant, Lindon, Luca, Ross, Ali, Issac and Andrew who were primed to come next weekend (8-9 May) but now can take a rain-check given all that was achieved this past weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
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Out with the old and in with the new! The old dining room northern window and door have been removed (no more loud scraping😱), two packed carloads of food and meat driven up and the whole club re-stained in a record time. A big thanks to Doug and Rob who spent all day removing the old door and window, reinstalling the new ones and making it fit just right. Also a special shout-out to Stan for spending hours organising the weekend. Lastly, a big thanks also goes to all 23 people who turned up to help this weekend, it couldn’t have been done without you. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Do you want to have your say on parking changes in the Whakapapa Village? (Speed Signs - Road Gates area)After trialing these changes last year including no stopping, 3-hour parking in winter and bus bays, DOC would like feedback on the proposed changes. On the left is the current restrictions and on the right is the proposed new permanent restrictions.More info can be found on the DOC website: submissions can be made by by emailing ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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The workparty for the 10th-11th of April was postponedWe have rescheduled and this will now be held on the 1st-2nd of May, followed up by a second one the weekend after, the 8th-9th of May ... See MoreSee Less
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RMCA Update

Find the document here –  RMCA Forum 2019

Recently, the RMCA (Ruapehu Mountain Clubs Association) forum was held in Whakapapa Village. Some important points to note that came out of the meeting are

  • Knoll Ridge Cafe –
    • Changed to three eating zones
    • Introducing street cart style eating
    • Increased capacity to 580 occupants
    • New Executive Chef
    • West Ridge cafe reopened, only on better days
  • Terrain Works
    • Wider area behind Lorenz’s
    • Realignment of Rock Garden
    • Centennial Gully Re-Contoured
  • Changes to parking coming – running a trial up until 2021
    • Carparks controlled after 6pm
    • Designated overnight club parking
    • Park n Ride re-established
    • Issue of no vehicle access to public shelter raised
  • No downhill traffic on the Rangatira Express
    • Skis/Boards to be worn, no foot traffic

New Parking Rules at Whakapapa

If you haven’t heard already, the parking and access at the top of the Bruce Road has changed. There’s a new Premium Parking area (in red on the map) and you need a special pass to access. This would be where you normally dropped off at the Shelter. Now you can’t access this easily – be warned! Also, expect to park further down the road than what you have in the past.

The Committee wrote to RAL expressing concerns about safety related to these changes and as a result, overnight parking opposite the Premium Parking was introduced. We will continue to give feedback, so please let us know of any positive or negative experiences related to these changes at

Whakapapa Carpark Map 2020