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Sat 14 Jun 2008, 7:00am

Where: Turoa and Whakapapa, National Park

Ruapehu has two commercial ski fields, Whakapapa on the northern side and Turoa on the southern slope.

They are the two largest ski fields in New Zealand, with Whakapapa the larger.

The private Tukino field is on the east of the mountain.

The season is generally from July to October but depends on snow and weather conditions.

Both ski fields are accessible by car and chairlifts, with beginners' to advanced skiing slopes.

Limited accommodation and refreshments are available at Top o' the Bruce (the car park at the top of Bruce Road) and at the entry to Whakapapa, and elsewhere on the mountain.

Alpine huts are provided for trampers and climbers.