Due to the time lost through lockdown, alongside the inability to bring in overseas expertise to work on some of our lifts, this means we will not be able to open every lift this season. Our focus has been on offering top to bottom skiing at both ski areas, with a beginner offer focused at Whakapapa’s Happy Valley.
At Whakapapa, the following lifts will be in operation:
- Happy Valley Carpets
- Rangatira Express (Weekends and inclement weather days)
- Sky Waka Gondola
- Knoll T-Bar
At Tūroa, we will be operating:
- Movenpick Quad chairlift
- Giant Triple chairlift
- High Noon Express
The Valley T-Bar at Whakapapa and Parklane/Wintergarden at Tūroa may open later in the season dependent on demand.
Whilst we recognise this might be some disappointing news for some of our customers, we had to make decisions based on a number of factors, including the top to bottom skiing opportunity provided, reliability of the lift, ability to complete maintenance required and length of the season the lift can provide.
As a result of not every lift operating, we anticipate that our daily capacity will be lower than usual so we can still account for physical distancing and spacing on the ski area and in our cafes. We will be releasing more information on this as we get closer to the season, but do not anticipate this will have much of an impact on our Season and Life Pass holders.