How about trying out skiing or snowboarding for something different and super fun? You’re closer to the snow than you may think with Auckland’s Snowplanet providing the perfect indoor facility for beginners and experts alike. Some of New Zealand’s best snow sports athletes, Like X Games medallist Christy Prior, got started at Snowplanet. If you’re ready for an adventure a little further afield, a visit to Mt Ruapehu’s ski areas Whakapapa and Turoa is well worth the travel time.
Why is it good for me?
There’s nothing like being in the mountains to clear the
mind and exercise the muscles! Skiing is an aerobic endurance activity and
great for cardiovascular exercise, balance and core strength. You’ll be so busy
having fun and enjoying the views, you’ll hardly notice those muscles working.
It’s the perfect activity to share with your mates or with your family. People
as young as two years old and into their nineties love getting out on the snow!
How much will it cost me?
You will need to factor in the cost of a lift pass, equipment rental and lessons. Costs vary from resort to resort. You may choose to buy clothing like a ski jacket and pants, as well as goggles, gloves and a helmet but these can usually also be hired at the resort.
Good quality second-hand clothing and equipment like skis,
snowboards and boots can easily be found online and are a good cost-effective
option if you’re planning to enjoy several days on snow.
What do I need to start?
Warm clothes! Even if you’re planning to rent outerwear from
the resort, you will need a couple of warm base layers against your skin;
thermal long johns or leggings for your legs and a lightweight but warm
(polyprop or merino) long sleeved top as a minimum. Layers are recommended as
the weather can change frequently and suddenly in the mountains.
Goggles or sunglasses, and sunscreen are a must, the sun is
extra harsh in the mountains. Warm socks to keep your feet warm and
ski/snowboard gloves to make sure your hands stay dry as well as warm. Woollen
gloves won’t quite cut it. Helmets are commonplace and highly recommended for
Skis, snowboards, boots, ski poles can usually be hired at
your resort but check before you go.
No matter your level of ability, trained instructors will help you enjoy your time on snow. Specially trained adaptive snow sports instructors are also on hand to help people with a wide range of disabilities to experience the freedom of snow sports.