Tell me about Mt. Ruapehu 

Mt. Ruapehu is situated in the centre of the North Island, New Zealand in the beautiful Tongariro National Park and offers some of the best natural ski terrain in New Zealand.

Ruapehu LogoMt. Ruapehu is home to two world-class ski resorts,  Whakapapa and Tūroa making it New Zealand's largest winter playground. EA Ski & Snowboard has unique programs at both ski areas, designed to suit each mountain. 

Here you'll find big bowls, loads of cliff drops, and epic powder stashes for the avid powder hunters. 

Mt. Ruapehu Ski facts

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You can't beat Ruapehu on a bluebird day

Mt. Ruapehu is a true Kiwi mountain, with holidaymakers from around the country coming back year after year. Speak to any of those people who have been visiting the ski field for years and they will tell you, "you can't beat Ruapehu on a bluebird!"

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New Zealand's longest season

With the season beginning in June and going right through till early November (and sometimes later), Mt Ruapehu consistently has the Southern Hemisphere's longest season. 

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Volcanic terrain makes this resort unique

Mt. Ruapehu is a volcanic mountain. The volcano rocks offer a variety of natural chutes, drops, bowls, jumps and wide runs. 

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There are 24 black diamond runs

With 24, lift-accessed black diamond runs, there is plenty of terrain to push your skiing and snowboarding ability further.

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A famous Lord of the Rings filming site is right next door

More commonly known as Mt. Doom, Mt Ngauruhoe is an active volcano and daredevil skiers often climb up for the thrill of the ride down, while many scenes were also shot on Mt Ruapehu itself.

Becoming a Ski Instructor at Mt. Ruapehu 

EA offer both ski and snowboard instructor internship programs at Whakapapa and Tūroa. A training consultant will help you pick the right program for you based on your goals, interests and experience. Check out what's included in our internship programs below.

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Located on the northern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa offers a huge variety of terrain with mellow slopes for first-timers & epic lines for the experienced. Get certified and start working as an instructor in a single season with our Internships here.


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(NEW FOR 2020)

Tūroa is one of New Zealand's largest ski areas and features the nation’s longest vertical drop at 722m. We offer our Internship Plus program here so you can get your Level 1 & 2 Certifications in one season.


Tell me about the specifics at Tūroa and Whakapapa

 Click on either Tūroa or Whakapapa to get the low down on our internship programs and resort options at Mt Ruapehu. Or visit the official Tūroa and Whakapapa websites to check out the full details on each resort. 


Certification Overview 

Our Ski and Snowboard Internships at Mt. Ruapehu allows you NZSIA Logo
to obtain a globally recognised qualification with the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski Instructors Alliance).

The NZSIA has a long-standing history and has been training and qualifying ski instructors in its system since 1971. It is internationally recognised as a well-established, professional provider and has a reputation for high-quality and knowledge. This means that NZSIA instructors are able to competently perform and teach on snow in many cultures and conditions. This qualification can truly take you anywhere.


Program Manager 

EA Ski & Snowboard want you to have the best season possible at Mt. Ruapehu. This means that we have someone on the ground at both Tūroa and Whakapapa, who is easily contacted and there to offer advice and support at all times. Not only are they familiar with Whakapapa and Tūroa, but they also work for the ski school and will be a familiar face to make your gap year and first winter season that much easier.

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Queenstown is known as New Zealand's adventure capital and has a global reputation as the place to experience the best of New Zealand’s outdoors.


Mt Hutt

Winner of New Zealand's Best Ski Resort three years in a row, Mt Hutt offers an authentic Kiwi experience and has fantastic terrain to suit everyone.


Mt. Ruapehu

Located in the North Island of New Zealand, Mt Ruapehu is a live volcano home to two world-class ski resorts offering majestic views, ample snow, and some of NZ's best ski and snowboard terrain.

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