Whakapapa West Ridge

(AKA Whakapapa ) New Zealand

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Whakapapa West Ridge:

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Information about Whakapapa West Ridge, what's done there and who does it

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Activities done here

Skiing - Alpine
Snowboarding - Freestyle

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Snowkiting

Terrain: 
Flat spot ideal for a first session snow kiting in the North Island

Wind:

Suitable in any wind direction from SE - N - SW. Nothing from the south except a walk to the crater. Anything from the NNE-NW is probably the most fun you can have at Whakapapa.

Skill level:
Beginner to expert

Directions: 
30 min walk from main Whakapapa base buildings. Walk up towards the National Downhill lift and follow the cat track to the top of this lift (home run trail). Flat spot is located 500m to the skiers left of the West Ridge Chair

Local Info:
http://www.mtruapehu.com/winter/weather-forecast/

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Whakapapa/6day/mid

For location advice see Chris Gebbie at the Lodge (Pukenui Lodge) National Park Village. http://www.tongariro.cc/directions.html

Chris is also the distributer for Ozone kites here in NZ and has demo kites available.

Facilities: 
N/A

Lessons:

As above see Chris Gebbie
http://www.highasakite.co.nz/index.html

Restrictions:
Please stay clear of the main piste area next to the far west Chairlift

Notes: 

edited by yakernz 19.08.09

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