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Be first to the snow in 2018

It might be summer, but it’s never too early to think about getting back up the mountain to ski - and being one of the first.

With that in mind Mt Ruapehu has announced the extension of 'First Tracks' to Turoa ski area for 2018, available now as an add-on to a season pass.

First Tracks was offered for the first time in 2017, at Whakapapa ski area only but was so well received that it has now been expanded to include Turoa.

First Tracks allows 2018 Mt Ruapehu Platinum, Life and First Tracks pass holders exclusive early access to Turoa’s Movenpick and Nga Wai Heke chairlifts and the Blue Holiday and Cinch ski/snowboard trails, during weekends and key school holiday days – conditions permitting.

Turoa General Manager JP Chevalier says, “We’re stoked to be able to provide a quality ski and ride experience to our guests who choose to get up early and opt in for First Tracks. The trails off the Nga Wai Heke chairlift have pristine corduroy to warm up on before heading to the High Noon Express. There’s definitely something special about getting the first turns of the morning.

“The 2017 season was epic at Turoa with several massive snow dumps, some perfect bluebird days and we’ve hosted a number of events that have been really popular. We’re already prepping for another great season in 2018,” he says.

Mt Ruapehu Marketing Manager Matt McIvor says the addition of Turoa to First Tracks adds even more value to the Season Pass upgrade. “If you’re an early riser, it doesn’t matter whether you’re skiing Whakapapa or Turoa next season, you’ll have opportunities to get first tracks from 8am.
“It’s really ideal for the residents and visitors staying in nearby resort towns like Ohakune. We find that a lot of skiers and snowboarders naturally get up Turoa early, since it’s just a 20-minute drive from Ohakune.”
2018 Season Passes are on sale now which offer upgrades including First Tracks for $79, as well as Night Skiing at Whakapapa & Platinum Passes. Find out more at

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