Ski Mount Ruapehu - Ski & Snowboard Lessons

First time skiing or snowboarding? Or feeling a little rusty? It’s a really good idea to take a lesson. Your instructor will show you all the basics and get you off to the right start.

Happy Valley Beginners Area

Snow School

Whakapapa is the best place to learn to ski or board in New Zealand. You’ll have fun, feel safe and build up your confidence with our industry-leading qualified instructors – ensuring that you experience the best pathway into your new favourite sport!

Whakapapa is home to Happy Valley, New Zealand’s premier beginner ski and snowboard facility. Happy Valley features state-of-the-art snowmaking technology guaranteeing that it will be open the first ski field to open in New Zealand. 

Lessons are not just for beginners either! Whakapapa ski area has snow schools that also offer intermediate and advanced ski and snowboard lessons. Whatever your skill level they can teach you new skiing and snowboarding skills, how to tackle challenging terrain and improve your style.

The snow school incorporates Adaptive Learning Centres that provide equipment and instruction for those with physical or intellectual disabilities.

The snow school also provides lots of activities and programmes for kids during weekends and school holidays. 

Book your ski or board lessons!

For further information and to book your lessons contact the friendly team at Whakapapa Snow School:


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