Aurelie and I went skiing a few weekends back at Mount Ruapehu. We stayed at Piper's Ski Lodge courtesy of my boss, Wayne (whose father and brother own the lodge). Note: the chateau featured in this photo is not the lodge we stayed at (although I'm sure Wayne wouldn't mind).
If you look closely you can see a chairlift roughly in the middle of the right hand side of this active volcano. And Mount Ruapehu is indeed active, erupting as recently as 1996. It was a beautiful place to ski with stunning views of Mount Doom.