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RAL sets guest, income targets for 2023 winter
8 Feb 2023   /

RAL sets guest, income targets for 2023 winter

But the voluntary administrators say season pass promotion is on hold due to uncertainty over the future of ski at Mt Ruapehu.


Ruapehu mayor welcomes ski fields support
8 Dec 2022  

Ruapehu mayor welcomes ski fields support

Ruapehu Mayor Weston Kirton says the government’s decision to provide an additional $6m to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ ski operations is a vital lifeline for the region.


Govt throws $6m lifeline to RAL ski fields
7 Dec 2022  

Govt throws $6m lifeline to RAL ski fields

The funding allows more time to find a long-term solution for the ski fields and enables them to open next winter.


Community group touts crowdfunding up to $30m to save Mt Ruapehu skifields
6 Dec 2022  

Community group touts crowdfunding up to $30m to save Mt Ruapehu skifields

Crowdfunding is being touted as the a viable option to save Mt Ruapehu’s skifields from closure.


RAL life pass holders launch petition
24 Nov 2022  

RAL life pass holders launch petition

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts life pass holders have launched a petition to encourage the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to engage more closely with community about the future of the Mt Ruapehu’s ski fields.


150 trade creditors owed nearly $1m by RAL
22 Nov 2022  

150 trade creditors owed nearly $1m by RAL

The trade creditors collectively comprise the fourth largest group owed money by the beleaguered ski field operator.


RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy
21 Nov 2022  

RAL life pass holders scoped for $2.5k fee plus annual $250 levy

The govt and ANZ would write off $28m in debt if a new entity can be created to take over RAL’s operations.


NZ ski resorts, hotels recognised in global awards
21 Nov 2022   /

NZ ski resorts, hotels recognised in global awards

Mt Hutt, The Rees, Matakauri Lodge, and Azur Luxury Lodge have all picked up awards at the World Ski Awards for 2022.


RAL secures $4m emergency loan from MBIE, ANZ
1 Nov 2022  

RAL secures $4m emergency loan from MBIE, ANZ

An emergency loan of $4m has been provided to Ruapehu Alpine Lifts to allow it to prepare for next year’s ski season.


Perspectives: RAL and the uncertain future of snow sports
27 Oct 2022   /

Perspectives: RAL and the uncertain future of snow sports

The operator’s troubles underscore the volatility of commercial ski businesses as climate change accelerates.


Ruapehu Alpine Lifts owes $44.3m – report
21 Oct 2022  

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts owes $44.3m – report

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts owes $44.3m, according to a report from the voluntary administrators.


Iwi should have been consulted on RAL – Ngāti Rangi
13 Oct 2022  

Iwi should have been consulted on RAL – Ngāti Rangi

Bay of Plenty iwi Ngāti Ranginui said it should have been consulted on Ruapehu Alpine Lifts’ move to voluntary administration.


Wednesday Letter: RAL can’t just blame Covid, weather – it’s time to end the paralysis
12 Oct 2022   /

Wednesday Letter: RAL can’t just blame Covid, weather – it’s time to end the paralysis

The operator has been plagued by infighting and a legacy structure that hampered it when action was needed most.


RAL goes into voluntary administration
12 Oct 2022  

RAL goes into voluntary administration

Covid disruption and a particularly poor season this year places the operator under significant cashflow pressure.


More collaboration needed to tackle climate change – England-Hall
20 Sep 2022   /

More collaboration needed to tackle climate change – England-Hall

Extreme weather is posing more risks for operators and will transform business models, says RealNZ’s CEO.


Snow arrives for RAL but path ahead unclear
7 Sep 2022   /

Snow arrives for RAL but path ahead unclear

There’s clear weather ahead following snow on its ski fields but the future of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts appears as murky as ever.


Coronet Peak kicks off 75th celebrations
18 Aug 2022   /

Coronet Peak kicks off 75th celebrations

Coronet Peak’s 75th anniversary celebrations are underway this week as the ski field puts a five-day festival of music, events, fashion and ski events for the public.


Snow Farm seeks $1.7m for new building
26 Jul 2022  

Snow Farm seeks $1.7m for new building

PACT is close to lodging its resource consent application for the new building, which will be constructed in two stages.


Helen Clark to open new Snow Farm hut
20 Jul 2022  

Helen Clark to open new Snow Farm hut

Former Prime Minister Helen Clark will visit Snow Farm near Wānaka on Saturday to officially open the new 36-bed Musterer’s Hut.


“Room for improvement” – police sweep ski field commercial passenger vehicles
14 Jul 2022   /

“Room for improvement” – police sweep ski field commercial passenger vehicles

More than 90% of commercial passenger vehicles inspected at the country’s major ski destinations have been compliant, say police and Waka Kotahi.


Winter Games returns to southern ski slopes
1 Jul 2022  

Winter Games returns to southern ski slopes

Winter Games New Zealand is returning to Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables this season.


Strong start for unique snow experience
20 Jun 2022  

Strong start for unique snow experience

New Zealand’s only heli-snowmobiling visitor experience has kicked off winter 2022 with scenic helicopter flights around the Garvie Plateau and a snowmobile experience for 12 passengers.


Southern ski fields open
16 Jun 2022  

Southern ski fields open

NZSki has opened its Coronet Peak ski field near Queenstown with five of its eight lifts operating.


Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season
15 Jun 2022  

Snowfall starts ‘epic’ southern ski season

More than 1.5 metres of snow blanketed parts of Queenstown over the weekend, marking an “epic” ski season ahead for the Southern Lakes ski fields, says Destination Queenstown.


Gender equity at heart of Cardrona, TC’s 2022 campaign
14 Jun 2022   /

Gender equity at heart of Cardrona, TC’s 2022 campaign

RealNZ’s ski experiences are encouraging the industry to take a closer look at how they promote gender inclusion in skiing and sport.


NIWA tool tracks snow data at 10 alpine sites
13 Jun 2022  

NIWA tool tracks snow data at 10 alpine sites

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Ruapehu’s rumblings help drive ski pass sales – RAL
10 Jun 2022   /

Ruapehu’s rumblings help drive ski pass sales – RAL

Operating on an active volcano has presented both challenges and opportunities for the company.


Heavy snow hits South Island, more expected
10 Jun 2022   /

Heavy snow hits South Island, more expected

Southern operators will be pleased with snow this week and more to come over the weekend – just in time for widespread ski field openings.


Matariki, events, Aussies point to strong season – NZSki
9 Jun 2022   /

Matariki, events, Aussies point to strong season – NZSki

The operator also secures critical worker exemption for 275 skilled staff, helping to meet staffing challenges.


SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies
31 May 2022   /

SOUTH launches Powder Highway to attract Aussies

SOUTH launches a new ski product designed to attract Australian visitors.


Coronet Peak night event attracts Aussie headliner
6 May 2022   /

Coronet Peak night event attracts Aussie headliner

Coronet Peak has booked Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods as the headliner for the launch of the winter Night Ski parties from 27-30 July.


Govt allows 275 experienced ski field workers in
13 Apr 2022   /

Govt allows 275 experienced ski field workers in

Employers will be required to pay at least the median wage of $27 an hour for the roles.


Coronet Peak readies 75th anniversary celebrations
13 Apr 2022   /

Coronet Peak readies 75th anniversary celebrations

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak will celebrate its 75th anniversary with events including a night ski party with fireworks, a retro day, ski race, gala dinner and an alumni après ski function.


NZSki spins Shark Tank in new campaign
4 Apr 2022   /

NZSki spins Shark Tank in new campaign

NZSki launches a new marketing campaign that takes a spin on popular reality TV show Shark Tank.


Coronet Peak’s summer season a success
4 Apr 2022  

Coronet Peak’s summer season a success

Coronet Peak’s 2021/22 summer season saw an increase in visitors and mountain bikers despite the complications of Covid-19.


Man rescued from Mt Ruapehu glacier
1 Mar 2022   /

Man rescued from Mt Ruapehu glacier

A man had to be rescued at Mount Ruapehu on the weekend after sustaining serious injuries following a fall on ice and rocks.


Coronet Peak to mark 75 years with 5-day celebration
25 Feb 2022   /

Coronet Peak to mark 75 years with 5-day celebration

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How Winter Olympics gold could boost NZ ski operators
8 Feb 2022   /

How Winter Olympics gold could boost NZ ski operators

New Zealand’s first gold medal at the Winter Olympics may prove a welcome boon for the country’s struggling ski resorts.


RAL open to selling Tūroa to plug $31m debt hole
18 Jan 2022   /

RAL open to selling Tūroa to plug $31m debt hole

Ruapehu Alpine Lifts says it will consider unbundling assets after two Covid-impacted seasons hit income.


Life pass holders put brakes on RAL restructuring
3 Dec 2021   /

Life pass holders put brakes on RAL restructuring

A plan to restructure meets resistance from life pass holders worried they will lose privileges.


Ski season’s “financial disaster” forces belt tightening, funding support
19 Nov 2021   /

Ski season’s “financial disaster” forces belt tightening, funding support

Capex is put on hold as operators look to rebuild their balance sheets in 2022.


RAL, BCA back coroner’s fatal bus crash findings
14 Oct 2021   /

RAL, BCA back coroner’s fatal bus crash findings

The coroner’s report into the 2018 crash that killed 11-year-old Hannah Francis may prompt stricter safety standards.


Tourism operators secure tens of millions from wage subsidy
8 Oct 2021  

Tourism operators secure tens of millions from wage subsidy

From airlines to ski fields, tourism businesses are among the biggest applicants for support.


Police checking ski passenger services during holidays
7 Oct 2021  

Police checking ski passenger services during holidays

Police will be checking that vehicles, including those used for passenger services, are operating safely around ski fields across the country during the October school holidays.


48 days later: Operators brace for diminished school holidays
21 Sep 2021  

48 days later: Operators brace for diminished school holidays

Auckland’s drop to level 3 is welcomed but tourism businesses will suffer in lockdown for almost seven weeks.


Cardrona Alpine Resort wins vegan accolade
3 Sep 2021   /

Cardrona Alpine Resort wins vegan accolade

Cardona Alpine Resort has been named the nation’s Most Vegan-Friendly Ski Resort by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).


RAL preps for level 2 ski fields re-opening
2 Sep 2021   /

RAL preps for level 2 ski fields re-opening

Ski fields on Mt Ruapehu are gearing up for re-opening at level 2, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts chief executive Jono Deans.


Ski season “scarred” by lockdown with visitors in tears, staff in limbo
18 Aug 2021  

Ski season “scarred” by lockdown with visitors in tears, staff in limbo

Ski operators are disappointed but acknowledge the need to get on top of the latest outbreak.


Storms set up Ruapehu ski fields for rest of winter – RAL
12 Aug 2021   /

Storms set up Ruapehu ski fields for rest of winter – RAL

Snow on Monday night for Mt Ruapehu’s two ski fields has set the mountain up for the rest of the winter season, says Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.


Police to check ski field passenger vehicle safety
29 Jul 2021   /

Police to check ski field passenger vehicle safety

The New Zealand Police, in partnership with Waka Kotahi, are launching a safety campaign targeting passenger services vehicles in and around ski fields across New Zealand.