The Haensli Cup is a race to find the fastest man and fastest woman on Mount Ruapehu. It has been hosted by The Ruapehu Ski Club for the last 40 years and is arguably the top interclub race at Whakapapa.
The Haensli Cup is named after Walter Haensli, a former Swiss ski champion. He lived at The Chateau and worked there as the head ski instructor for over 16 years. Walter is one of the early pioneers who helped set up Ruapehu Alpine Lifts. 
Anyone can enter this race as all racers are entered as individuals. Team results for the interclub competition are derived from the four fastest times from a club, in a particular category, with at least one woman’s result having to count.
  • Junior < 17 years as at 1 January
  • Open - Open to all ages
  • Master > 40 years as at 1 January
  • Snowboard - Open to all ages
The prize giving for competitors, held at The Ruapehu Ski Club Memorial Lodge on Hut flat, is a highly popular event. There are twelve major sponsors donating several thousand dollars worth of prizes to be won. Just by entering this event you are eligible to win a prize.

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