The North Island Primary and Intermediate School Snow Sports Championships (NIPS) are held annually at Whakapapa in the last week of August and the first week of September. Please note that name of the event has changed to recognise Snowsports branding.

Teams of 5 ski competitors from schools all over the North Island gather at Mount Ruapehu for this event.

It is now one of the largest single sport primary schools sporting events in New Zealand and the largest skiing event held on Mt Ruapehu with over 300 competitors.