Just back from a visit to Mount Ruapehu. We stayed on the Turoa side of the mountain at Ohakune this time and had a beautiful ride up the mountain including the ski lift . It was a very clear day with little wind and quite warm. Not all the days were so good but a little rain brings out the atmosphere of the New Zealand bush (forest) on the lower slopes of the mountain, so I wasn't complaining.
The 'locals' were saying that the mountain needed more snow and more visitors to kick the ski season into action.