Mt Ruapehu Snowcraft Instruction 24-25 July

Friday, 24 July 2020

Our accommodation at Erua - 6km south of National Park

It was an icy trip up the Bruce Road at Whakapapa - fortunately all three of our vehicles were 4WD.

Riding the new "Sky Whaka" gondola at Whakapapa skifield

Looking at the "waterfall" from our Gondola cabin

The big Knoll Ridge Cafe complex near the top of the Whakapapa skifield

A cool dude called Rodney

Ice axe exercises on Knoll Ridge

Mt Ngauruhoe rising above the Pinnacles

Trekking up the freshly groomed Knoll Ridge ski slope

Photo stop


Time to fit crampons

Two cool chicks!

Plugging up the snow basin above Knoll Ridge

Chantal, Marian and Neville lead the way

Our snowcraft instructor Rex

Chris and Neville "flat footing" with their crampons for grip on hard snow

On the ridge above the Whakapapa Glacier

June and Kate nearing the top

On a notch in the ridge below the Dome

Rodney was getting dangerously close to Glenda's ice axe!

Te Heuheu peak in the distance

Tukino and Te Heuheu peaks in the distance & Summit Plateau to the right

Looking up towards the Dome - The crater lake is over the other side

Heading back down

Rex giving a wrap-up snow instruction talk

Chris and Rodney assessing the slope for a self arrest exercise

Heading back down the Valley T Bar slopes

A well earned evening out at the Schnapps Bar at National Park