Snowline Ski Club

Snowline Ski Club


Thanks to all our members who have pledged or donated to our new window fund so far. We are now at a combined total of pledges and donations of $4900 - nearly half way there!

In the newsletter we asked people for pledges by 1 February, but the committee has decided we'd like to get the pledges in for 1 October 2019 (sorry for the mix up) This means we will have enough time over summer to actually get the windows in.

Please follow the link below to pledge ANY AMOUNT... $10, $50, $500...

Thanks everyone - let's all chip in to try and keep the club a great place to stay.
Now you can enjoy the magical memories of skiing all year round in your own home with recycled snowboard benches and ski chairs from Kiwi Mountain Furniture. Unique pieces of functional art that will look great on any patio or deck. Check out the shop on our page:
We have different coloured boards and skis in stock to make benches and chairs to order so feel free to message us with your favourite colour and we will see what we can do.
Mike Ellis n Peter Linton at Ruapehu Summit
Busy day at the summit
Great stroll up to the summit with Mike Ellis.
Lots of people up there.
Amazing ski back down
If you're keen for a summit walk meet me n Michael Ellis at the top of Far West T at 2pm.
See ya there
Have you been skiing yet this season? There are some beds left this weekend. Come and enjoy all this snow!!!
Sunrise and sunset yesterday at Snowline.

WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS! Family-friendly, affordable accommodation on Whakapapa that feels like home. [email protected] The Snowline Ski Club was formed in 1966 principally by students of the Auckland Technical Institute.

The club was then aptly named the ATI Ski Club. Within three years a lodge had been built on Mt Ruapehu on the Whakapapa side of the mountain. The lodge itself was fabricated in Auckland by apprentices at the Auckland Technical Institute, then dismantled and re-erected on site. The club changed its name to the Snowline Ski Club in 1975. The lodge is the second-to-last building on the left as you t

Operating as usual

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 15/04/2022

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post


"The mountains don’t belong to us, we belong to them”, and we acknowledge that we can't tell maunga what to do and how to behave, they tell us. And right now, Mt Ruapehu has a little bit to say.

We are aware of the current “murmurings”, both geologically and socially, around Mt Ruapehu’s move to Volcanic Alert Level 2. We want to assure you that our team is committed to guest safety and remains in constant communication regarding any developments.

The New Zealand Volcanic Alert System is based on six levels, 5 being the highest, and is intended to describe the current status of a volcano in New Zealand. The Volcanic Alert Level is set by GNS, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) determine the safe operating parameters within that Alert Level, to ensure public safety. Our decisions, at Mt Ruapehu, are informed by DOC.

The current Volcanic Alert Level 2 sets a 2km precautionary exclusion area around the crater of Mt Ruapehu.

The majority of our facilities, and all our summer facilities, sit at least 3km from the crater. This means, our Summer Season is able to continue to operate as normal – all guests are safe, provided they follow DOC’s guidance on the 2km precautionary exclusion area.

At this time, we don’t encourage guest to traverse the Skyline Walk.

In terms of the winter ahead, the only facility within the current 2km radius is Tūroa’s High Noon Express, which we have planned to open by end of July, some 100 days from now. Heating and cooling phases – what are driving the current Volcanic Alert Level setting – don’t tend to follow any lineal path or timeline, however, there is time to see out this most recent phase, before we open for winter.

GNS has been quoted as saying “the most likely outcome of this unrest episode is no eruptive activity occurs”, however we acknowledge that the mighty maunga will determine that, and it is important to acknowledge DOC restrictions and all play our part in remaining safe. We also have eruption detection and lahar warning systems in place that provide real time warning of elevated unrest.

We will continue to collaborate with GNS and DOC, and to act on their advice. For now, we are all systems go, and you can have confidence that you are safe visiting us and our summer operations, given the current status, and will keep you posted as any developments come to hand.


Whynot Season Pass sale will end Friday 15 April, if not sold out prior. Don’t miss out!

Anytime Adult Season Passes just $749, a $200 saving, and Weekday Adult Season Pass $399, a saving of $150 on a full-priced pass.

Afterpay and Zip available, Auckland / Northland Lockdown Credits can be used. No vaccine pass requirements, no bookable parking.

Whynot join us and experience New Zealand’s peak adventure?


Start waxing those ski’s .

Monday marked an exciting milestone for us on our countdown to Winter 2022, with the first snowflake falling on Happy Valley, a month earlier than previous years.

The Snow Factory, used exclusively to support snowmaking efforts in Whakapapa’s Happy Valley, is one of its kind in New Zealand. It has capacity to produce up to 200 cubic metres of snow a day, and as an all-weather system, will continue to run 24/7 in the lead up to winter.

This photo was taken this morning and our Head of Snowmaking, Pete, estimates the pile is now sitting at about 400 cubic metres. Starting our snowmaking efforts early, working in these piles, and utilising thermal blankets in the coming weeks, will help support snow coverage and protection from weather and warmer temperatures. It’s just some of the mahi underway to ensure a great opening for Happy Valley come Queen’s Birthday weekend, 66 days from now.

Within three weeks, Pete expects to have a two metre snow coverage across the sledding area. He will then turn his attention to the rest of Happy Valley to support skiing and riding. As temperatures drop, we will also see the other larger snow guns come into effect and double down on our snow making efforts.

We look forward to watching this pile grow in the coming weeks and then spread right across the valley of happinesses. The countdown is on!

Snowline Ski Club – Stay & Play 25/03/2022

Snowline Ski Club – Stay & Play

Our membership is open for 2022 season NOW.

If you are interested in joining in the comments type 'yes' and we will get in contact with you with the information to join.

Snowline Ski Club – Stay & Play Welcome to Snowline Required fields are followed by * Check-in: * Check-out: * Adults: Children under 21: STAY AND PLAYWelcome to SnowlineFamily-friendly, affordable accommodation on Whakapapa that feels like home.WELCOMING NEW MEMBERS!Learn MoreLatest updatesCURRENT COVID-19 CLUB GUIDELINESWant to....


EASTER is just around the corner.

One way we have been fundraising for the club through these tough Covid times is to sell our honey. If you need some honey and would like to support a good cause please write in the comments that you would like to be PM the details of how to order. (Can only deliver within Auckland, NZ)

$20 per jar for Bush Honey
$30 per jar for Manuka Honey

Thank you for your support so far. Happy Easter everyone.

Mt Ruapehu - 2021 Tertiary Season Pass 25/02/2022

Mt Ruapehu - 2021 Tertiary Season Pass

Mt Ruapehu - 2021 Tertiary Season Pass Discover Mt Ruapehu during summer or winter! Ride the country's most advanced gondola, Sky Waka, high above the beautiful world-heritage-listed mountain area all year round. Ski or Snowboard two of NZ’s largest Ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa all winter long for action packed family fun all year.


Everyone loves long weekends! 😀👍
Why not go to the lodge?
Auckland Anniversary is 31st of January and Waiting Day the 6th of February.🎂
This is your opportunity to do the the below without the oversea's tourists.😀

Mountain Biking 🚴‍♂️

Timber Trail Taumarunui
42 Traverse Tongariro Forest
Fishers Track National Park Village
Marton Sash & Door Tramway National
Bridge to Nowhere Whanganui National Park
Whanganui River Road Whanganui

Walks & Hikes🚶‍♀️🏃‍♂️

Guided Tongariro Alpine Crossing
Lake Rotopounamu North
Taranaki Falls Whakapapa Village
Tawhai Falls Whakapapa Village
Whakapapnui Stream Whakapapa Village
Silica Rapids Whakapapa Village
Taupapakarua Falls National Park Village
Waitonga Falls Ohakune
Mangawhero Falls Ohakune

Find more activities at

We encourage our members to use the club during the off season also. We don’t have a custodian during the off season but you are able to stay at the club. However you must bring your own food and cook for yourselves. You will still have access to basic condiments and tea and coffee. Also you must know how to open and close the club.

Email [email protected]

$20 per person per night members
$30 per person per night for non-members, groups

Mt Ruapehu 31/12/2021

Mt Ruapehu

Mt Ruapehu Discover Mt Ruapehu during summer or winter! Ride the country's most advanced gondola, Sky Waka, high above the beautiful world-heritage-listed mountain area all year round. Ski or Snowboard two of NZ’s largest Ski areas, Whakapapa and Turoa all winter long for action packed family fun all year.


Well we had a mixed bag of a ski season once again we can only hope for a great season next year.

We would like to thank the committee's dedicated contributions and guidance this year and for the support from our members.

Keep an eye out for next years work parties.


Unfortunately, the 2021 ski season is over if you were not able to come down this year remember your membership also gives you access to the club in summer also. There is no custodian to cook your meals so you will need to bring your own food, but you can use the condiments.

Why not Christmas at the club or bring in a better year on New Year’s Day with friends and family. We have heard that the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is more pleasant without the overseas tourists. (just research online of the details to do the walk).

Just click on this link and we have a whole range of things you can do in the off season. Mountain biking and more etc.

Members rate is $20.00 per night and Non-members is $30.00 per night.

If you would like to book please contact the booking officer email [email protected]

Renowned ski artist James Niehues retires after 35 years painting resort maps from Cardrona to Colorado - NZ Herald 07/10/2021

Renowned ski artist James Niehues retires after 35 years painting resort maps from Cardrona to Colorado - NZ Herald

I am sure some of us have seen his artwork.

Renowned ski artist James Niehues retires after 35 years painting resort maps from Cardrona to Colorado - NZ Herald One of skiing's most famous artists hangs up his paintbrush.

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 29/09/2021

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 26/09/2021

Just to let you know.

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 16/09/2021

Of course a dog story to brighten your day.


🍸We still hope to hold this event. If the country is in Level 2 and we have enough attendance this Cocktail Party is to go ahead.

Fingers crossed. 🤞

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 12/09/2021

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post


If you were booked in this week I suggest you don’t read on. If you are in Level 2 read on. 😀😢

After a taste of riding yesterday, the weather really came in today and gusty northwesterlies and poor visibility put a halt to our proceedings. The good news is, more snow! The better news is, Whakapapa is expected to be open tomorrow. The weather is looking a little marginal, with low visibility and some more snow expected, so some operations could be impacted. The team has, however, made great progress on the clean up today and while some de-icing will be required in the morning, we should get on top of that reasonably quickly. Remember to purchase online ahead of time and wear a mask wherever practicable. Also consider our tips and tricks including using your car as a day lodge, packing your own lunch etc. See our story for a reminder!

📸 : Raphael


We are open again to all regions in Level 2.


Due the Covid Levels the races have been cancelled again for this year. Sorry to disappoint all the members. 😘 Maybe next year.

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 01/09/2021

Bring on Level 2 have a read.

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 01/09/2021

If you are living out of Auckland get ready for Level 2 skiing...looks like it will be amazing. The Club will be open and ready under Level 2. See you there!


Just to let you all know that we can not reopen the club to members and guests until Level 2. If you do have a booking during level 3 and above these will automatically be cancelled and fully refunded onto your account.

Thank you everyones support during the season so far and we look forward to seeing everyone on the other end of this.

If you have any questions just send us a message.

Stay home stay safe.


Warning: Do not watch if you where booked in this weekend!




It's getting close. BOOK NOW!!


I hear this weekend is suppose to be great weather. Few beds left book now.

More footage to show what you missed out below last weekend.


Sunday fun at whakapapa!

Valley looking good today! Snow is great and Knoll should open this week. Lots of great skiing today and some fun weekend events coming up! See you there!

Photos from Snowline Ski Club's post 13/08/2021

Pizza and Margarita night was enjoyed by all down at the club. Even had some mocktails for the kids. Also thanks to Marie our wonderful custodian for the pizza's.

Next weekend event is the Quiz night on the 28th of August get your teams ready and book now.....

Photos from Mt Ruapehu's post 13/08/2021

Getting exciting.... West opening soon.


JUST A REMINDER...Leave the worries behind go SKIING!


Well, that was our kind of hump day! Great to see new-old trails come back to life and a good number of lifts back online as the clean up and de-icing continues. What better time to and make the most of the fresh snow with fewer people and more open spaces to enjoy.

Enjoy all mountain lift passes for just $74 and adult and $49 a youth (5-17 years old).

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