Nz Ski New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the four main southern hemisphere ski nations (along with Australia, Chile and Argentina) with skiing in New Zealand from late May (Mount Hutt is usually first to open) to late October or even early November (Mt Ruapehu often opens for what they call ‘Snovember’ and has re-opened at Christmas some years).

The country is famed for its challenging slopes which attract the world’s best skiers each winter and having some of the biggest lift served verticals south of the equator to enjoy it with. Several resorts operate international training facilities where World Cup race teams from the northern hemisphere go for their ‘summer training’, and the Winter Games NZ have become a major International Ski Federation (FIS) recognised competition each summer attracting the world’s best.

There are around 25 New Zealand ski resorts, half of them commercial ski resorts, the remainder club fields, usually run by local enthusiasts, generally dedicated volunteers. The centres are spread across both North and South islands and vary in size from simple centres with one or two drag lifts to large international resorts like Mt Hutt ant Mt Ruapehu on the North Island with its twin ski centres of Turoa and Whakapapa. The country is also home to the only indoor snow centre currently operating in the southern hemisphere, Snow Planet near Auckland.

When you ski New Zealand you’ll find that along with regular lift-served downhill skiing and boarding there’s cat skiing at Mt Potts and the country has a long standing reputation for its heli-skiing with operators like Mount Cook.

The country’s first club fields opened in the late 1920s with the first ski lifts arriving a few decades later. Most of the commercial operations did not really begin until the period from the 1960s to 1980s with Snow Park NZ, which opened in 2002, being the newest operator.

New Zealand is also famous for its spectacular scenery, as made famous worldwide by the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films – many of the country’s resorts boast some of the world’s best mountainscapes from their slopes.

Snow conditions are normally good from June to late September, Mt Hutt has one of the largest snowmaking systems in the southern hemisphere to help ensure its normal early opening date, so long as temperatures are low enough.

The country can also offer great après ski and one of the Southern Hemisphere’s most active gay skiing scenes at Queenstown, the ‘outdoor capital of the world’ and base for three local ski hills.

This is also the base for many other high octane sports including bungee jumps and swings, white water rafting and jet boating and even sky diving among many others.

Along with domestic skiers, New Zealand’s ski resorts attract a large number of Australians to their slopes, on average 50,000 per annum, who usually benefit from a favourable exchange rate to offset the cost of flying over on a trip that takes about three hours, as well as ski fans from around the world.

On top of the usual challenges for extreme skiers, New Zealand can have a few added challenges, including tricky access roads (the route up to Treble Cone is especially notorious) – and volcanic eruptions, with Mt Ruapehu providing particularly impressive seismic activity every now and then.
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New Zealand: latest snow conditions round-up

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 1 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1564m — 2222m)

22
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
3950m 4100m 3750m 3200m 2050m

(2839m — 3754m)

1
4
17
clear
cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 3296 m
3850m 3900m 3500m 3000m 2300m

(1463m — 1737m)

3
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1600 m
3900m 3950m 3500m 2950m 1850m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 15 days ago

fresh 20 cm
on 25 Sep
7
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
3950m 4300m 3950m 3450m 2050m

(1294m — 1894m)

Cardrona webcam
opens in 73 days
clear
cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1594 m
3900m 3850m 3200m 2850m 1850m

(1187m — 1649m)

Coronet Peak webcam
opens in 73 days
clear
cloudy
moderate rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1418 m
3800m 3800m 3150m 2750m 1850m

(1422m — 1922m)

12
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1672 m
3950m 4300m 3950m 3450m 2100m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
opens in 115 days
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
3950m 4100m 3750m 3200m 2050m

(1434m — 1774m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1604 m
3850m 4400m 4300m 4150m 2700m

(1449m — 2149m)

11
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1799 m
3950m 4150m 3750m 3200m 2200m

(1259m — 1679m)

rain showers
rain showers
clear
heavy rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
3700m 4400m 4550m 4350m 3850m

(1086m — 2000m)

clear
light rain
heavy rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1543 m
3800m 3650m 3250m 2800m 2150m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
16
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1740 m
3950m 4300m 3950m 3450m 2050m

(1695m — 2110m)

opens in 80 days
14
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1902 m
3900m 4050m 3750m 3200m 1950m

(1403m — 2086m)

opens in 73 days
1
25
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1744 m
3900m 4150m 3950m 3400m 1850m

(1400m — 1750m)

Mount Lyford webcam
opens in 101 days
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1575 m
3800m 4350m 4250m 4150m 2550m

(1646m — 2096m)

28
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1871 m
3950m 4250m 3900m 3400m 2050m

(1160m — 2231m)

clear
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1696 m
3850m 3900m 3500m 3100m 2300m

(1425m — 1825m)

2
clear
cloudy
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
3900m 3950m 3450m 3050m 2050m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
13
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1645 m
3900m 4250m 3950m 3450m 2000m

(1540m — 1760m)

clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
3850m 4400m 4100m 4000m 3150m

(1586m — 1943m)

opens in 73 days
clear
cloudy
light rain
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1764 m
3800m 3850m 3200m 2700m 1750m

(1350m — 2133m)

17
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1742 m
3950m 4100m 3750m 3150m 2150m

(1550m — 1800m)

clear
cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1675 m
3900m 3850m 3250m 2850m 1850m

(1420m — 1530m)

clear
cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1475 m
3900m 3850m 3250m 2850m 1850m

(1493m — 1923m)

opens in 115 days
3
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1708 m
3950m 4300m 3800m 3450m 2400m

(1260m — 1960m)

Treble Cone webcam
clear
light rain
moderate rain
clear
clear
Mid station 1610 m
3850m 3800m 3300m 2850m 1950m

(1660m — 1910m)

rain showers
clear
clear
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1785 m
3600m 4350m 4600m 4400m 3850m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 73 days
clear
clear
clear
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
3650m 4350m 4600m 4400m 3800m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 73 days
cloudy
clear
clear
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
3600m 4350m 4600m 4350m 3800m