New chair on target for July opening

New chair on target for July opening

New chair on target for July opening

Whakapapa’s new chairlift, replacing the Centennial and Rockgarden Chairlifts, is on target for opening day on 2 July, reports Ruapehu Alpine Lifts.

RAL is investing approximately $7.5m in the new lift, making it their biggest investment in lift infrastructure since the installation of the High Noon Express at Turoa Ski Area in 2007. It is the first new major chairlift built at Whakapapa since the 1980s.

Construction of the new chairlift has been underway since late December.

The lift will transport 2800 people per hour in comparison to the 1900 per hour from both the Centennial and Rockgarden chairlifts.

 “Upgrading these lifts has been in our planning for years so it’s so exciting to see it finally come to fruition,” says Dave Mazey, RAL CEO.

“The new chairlift will provide numerous enhancements to the customer experience, with shorter queuing times, comfortable ride with cushioned seats, ease of loading for snow boarders and foot passengers and less de-icing time due to the chairs being stored in a building overnight.

“There will also be additional open days due to the lift being able to operate in stronger winds, where in the past opening would have been delayed or the mountain closed,” says Dave Mazey.

Mt Ruapehu’s early bird season pass sale is still on, closing at midnight on Monday 2 May. Prices are: adult season pass $495 (saving of $240); youth pass $298; child pass (with adult season pass purchase or life pass) $59. Infants and over 70s, free.

An adult day pass will be $95.

The season is scheduled to open on 2 July.