Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

A Subaru Outback at the Turoa Ski Area celebrating the 20-year partnership between Subaru and RAL in 2018.

 

Subaru - The official vehicle supplier of Mount Ruapehu

2018 marks the 20 year celebration of the partnership between Subaru and Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Limited (RAL), which runs the two commercial ski fields on Mt Ruapehu – Turoa and Whakapapa.

Subaru of New Zealand has been the official vehicle supplier to RAL since 1998, initially with Turoa, and then both Whakapapa and Turoa, following the merger. Now 20 years on, we are excited to celebrate this fantastic partnership and have signed on to continue our relationship for another three years.

Subaru first began holding the infamous Subaru Top Weekend in the early 2000s, where the top 200 carparks were reserved for Subaru drivers for one weekend over the winter season. We look forward to hosting our Subaru drivers again in 2018 to celebrate our 20 year anniversary on the mountain with another Subaru Top Weekend. We welcomed out All-Wheel Drive vehicles to the mountain this year with giveaways, hot coffees and competitions – as well as premium parking! Check out all the pics from the event below. 

 

The Subaru Top Weekend

Subaru's annual event, The Subaru Top Weekend, ensures that Subaru drivers can park where the others can't. The top 200 carparks are reserved for Subaru drivers one weekend a year and the Subaru Team hand out goodies to Subaru drivers and enthusiasts. With premium parking, giveaways and hot drinks, it’s a weekend not to miss if you are heading to the mountain for a family trip or serious snow session in your Subaru.

The 2018 Subaru Top Weekend was held on 1-2 September at Turoa ski area and was a fantastic event. We welcomed our All-Wheel Drive vechicles up the mountain to the top spots, and had our Brand Ambassador Art Green with the Subaru team handing out goodies and meeting our wonderful Subaru owners. 

Head over to our Subaru New Zealand Facebook page to see the full album of photos from the 2018 Subaru Top Weekend, including our All-New 2019 Subaru Forester which is on display at the Turoa plaza until the end of the season. 

 

Check out the highlights from a previous Subaru Top Weekend below, and be sure to keep up to date with any future events with Subaru and Mt Ruapehu!

 

 

The History

Subaru of New Zealand has been the official vehicle supplier to RAL since 1998, and RAL says, “Turoa had an association with Subaru, then following the merger of Whakapapa and Turoa, we extended the relationship to cover both fields all year around.”

In 2018, Subaru and RAL celebrate 20 years of do-ing Ruapehu together, with the RAL team having a fleet of Subarus all year round to get them up and down the mountain safely, not matter what the conditions.

“From our perspective, Subarus are the ideal vehicles for our team to be driving on and around Mt Ruapehu,” says RAL. “Subarus perform on the road in any situation; they also handle the icy conditions we encounter each winter.”

RAL says, “It’s a great connection for both companies because we are a similar size and work in similar ways. Most importantly, the people who ski with Mt Ruapehu are also Subaru people, so our customers are frequently the same people. There are definitely synergies and benefits for both companies through this vehicle supply agreement,” says RAL, whose team members get to drive a Subaru.

Mt Ruapehu, in the World Heritage Tongariro National Park, is not only a fantastic winter playground; the majestic landscape seen on scenic chairlift rides and the many excellent walking trials make Ruapehu an enjoyable summer destination as well.

 

  • 2018 Subaru Top Weekend cars on display
    2018 Subaru Top Weekend cars on display
  • 2018 Subaru Top Weekend team with Art Green
    2018 Subaru Top Weekend team with Art Green
  • 2019 Subaru Forester on display at Turoa Plaza 2018
    2019 Subaru Forester on display at Turoa Plaza 2018
  • Subaru Top Weekend - Subaru owners embracing Retro Day with Art Green
    Subaru Top Weekend - Subaru owners embracing Retro Day with Art Green
  • 2018 Subaru Top Weekend top carpark full
    2018 Subaru Top Weekend top carpark full
  • Subaru Top Weekend 2018 - Art Green with Subaru owners in the Instagram frame.
    Subaru Top Weekend 2018 - Art Green with Subaru owners in the Instagram frame
  • All-new Subaru XV on display Top Weekend 2017
    All-new Subaru XV on display Top Weekend 2017
  • Subaru Drivers at Subaru Top Weekend 2017
    Subaru Drivers at Subaru Top Weekend 2017
  • Subaru Top Weekend 2017
    Subaru Top Weekend 2017
  • Subaru Top Weekend parking lot
    Subaru Top Weekend parking lot
  • Subaru Outback and XV at Top Weekend
    Subaru Outback and XV at Top Weekend
  • Subaru snow writing on Outback
    Subaru snow writing on Outback
  • Subaru owners at Top Weekend
    Subaru owners at Top Weekend
  • Subaru Top Weekend parking lot filling up
    Subaru Top Weekend parking lot filling up
  • Subaru drivers at Top Weekend
    Subaru drivers at Top Weekend
  • The All New Subaru Levorg at Top Weekend
    The All New Subaru Levorg at Top Weekend