Ski resort - Turoa

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Resort Overview


Area Profile


Turoa Ski Area on the south-western slopes holds the title of Australasia's longest vertical drop and New Zealand's highest lift.

The beginner area at Turoa (Alpine Meadow) is separate to the main ski area, so beginners can learn in a safe environment. However, strong skiers and boarders are not neglected! They have a huge variety of terrain, from open runs to gullies and cliffs. If you want to get off the groomers, Turoa has 2 lift-accessed off-piste areas that strong skiers and riders love. If you want to turn your legs into jelly, they have a run that is 4kms long!

Over the 2006/07 summer Turoa underwent New Zealand's biggest ever ski area upgrade, with $19 million being spent on 3 major projects.

A new 1.4km long 6-seat high-speed chairlift with padded seats and footrests was built - the snowmaking system was tripled in size and a 55 milion litre water resevoir was created to feed future expansion of snowmaking. The base area cafe and retail complex was also doubled in size and now seats 400 people.

Snow season is typically late June to early October.

Technical Data:

Terrain Type

Beginner Runs: Beginner Runs 25% Intermediate Runs: Intermediate Runs 50% Advanced Runs: Advanced Runs 25% Expert Runs: Expert Runs 0%


  • Total # Of Lifts: Total # Of Lifts 10
  • Gondolas & Trams: Gondolas & Trams N/A
  • High Speed Sixes: High Speed Sixes N/A
  • High Speed Quads: High Speed Quads N/A
  • Quad Chairs: Quad Chairs N/A
  • Triple Chairs: Triple Chairs N/A
  • Double Chairs: Double Chairs N/A
  • Surface Lifts: Surface Lifts N/A


  • Top: 708 m
  • Vertical Drop: 220 m
  • Bottom: 488 m

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