Whanganui Ski and Snowboard Club

Established 1949

Hut Status: Open

The WSSC hut is open and operating for the 2024 season.

Returning Members

Already a member looking to pay your annual membership? Click below to see your most recent order and pay online.

New Members

Ready to join the club? Click below to see the membership options and sign up online. Feel free to contact us!

Join us on the Mountain!

The club has been around since 1949 and exists solely for the purpose of getting its members onto the mighty Ruapehu to do their stuff.

For Kids

Staying at the hut and learning how to shred the mountain with mates is unbeatable. Life long friends and epic memories made right here.

For Snow hounds

Sure the deep south gets more settled weather, but Whakapapa can’t be matched for size and terrain. Come get some magnificent Whakapapa gnar.

For Families

Staying at the hut is all about those memorable family holidays. There’s something unique about bringing the whole family to the hut, it’s lots of fun, even on the in-days!

Club tees and hoodies

Get Yours Today

We have a huge range of colours and sizes for adults and kids. Awesome kit to show everyone where you roll in winter!

Snow Forecast

Weather forecast for Whakapapa. Fingers crossed for snowy nights and bluebird days…and then remind yourself it’s Ruapehu!

The club is open to everyone. Get in touch, we'd love to hear from you!

Gordy, President

A quick overview

What it's all about

The Club

We are a non-profit organisation run by club members. The club exists solely for the purpose of enabling those who have a passion for skiing and snowboarding to stay at the Whanganui Hut.

The Hut

We stay at the highest private residence in New Zealand (1792m). The Whanganui Hut is located right smack in the middle of Whakapapa ski-field. Ski-out, ski-in, enjoy!

Our Approach

We enjoy a ‘big family’ vibe at the Hut. We all take turns to cook dinner and do the cleaning (including kids). We eat dinner together. At the end of the day you’ll find us sitting around the fire, laughing at each other’s wipeouts, and enjoying each other’s company.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in joining the club, staying at the hut to check it out before you join, or just want a bit more information, feel free to send us a message.

Some handy Links


The MetService weather forecast for Whakapapa. Fingers crossed for snowy nights and bluebird days…and then remind yourself it’s Ruapehu!

Whakapapa is NOT operating a carpark booking system during the 2024 season, first-in-first-served, so don’t sleep in and get up there early!

The Bruce Road barrier may be closed depending on the weather or RAL’s carpark capacity. Check NZTA road status before you set out.

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Key People




Our Host normally lives in for the season, and looks after the hut day-to-day. This year we are unlikely to have a host but will review again next season.

Gordy Horsley


Gordy is our amazing El Presidente. You’ll see him carving it up big on the mountain, and telling even bigger stories apres ski!

bill nichol

Booking Officer

Bill is the guy that makes it all happen. He does an incredible job as the booking officer and orders all the food & supplies to keep us fed.