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 7resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

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Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1564m — 2222m)

1
clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1893 m
2400m 3650m 3300m 2650m 2950m

(2839m — 3754m)

12
33
25
clear
light snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 3296 m
2650m 3000m 2500m 2150m 2800m

(1463m — 1737m)

partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
2350m 3550m 3050m 2550m 2550m

(1400m — 1820m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1610 m
2600m 3650m 3250m 2700m 3050m

(1294m — 1894m)

Cardrona webcam
opens in 138 days
1
clear
light rain
snow showers
light rain
clear
Mid station 1594 m
2500m 3450m 2700m 2250m 2600m

(1187m — 1649m)

Coronet Peak webcam
opens in 138 days
1
clear
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
clear
Mid station 1418 m
2450m 3300m 2500m 2150m 2600m

(1422m — 1922m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1672 m
2600m 3650m 3250m 2700m 3050m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
opens in 180 days
clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1510 m
2400m 3650m 3300m 2650m 2900m

(1434m — 1774m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1604 m
2650m 3650m 3400m 3050m 3050m

(1449m — 2149m)

clear
rain showers
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1799 m
2600m 3700m 3200m 2600m 3050m

(1259m — 1679m)

rain showers
clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
2900m 3900m 3900m 3650m 3750m

(1086m — 2000m)

1
clear
moderate rain
snow showers
heavy rain
clear
Mid station 1543 m
2700m 2900m 2350m 2100m 2650m

(1634m — 1845m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1740 m
2600m 3700m 3300m 2700m 3050m

(1695m — 2110m)

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 145 days
1
clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1902 m
2450m 3650m 3250m 2700m 2900m

(1403m — 2086m)

opens in 138 days
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1744 m
2500m 3700m 3400m 2800m 3000m

(1400m — 1750m)

opens in 166 days
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1575 m
2550m 3650m 3400m 3000m 3000m

(1646m — 2096m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1871 m
2600m 3700m 3250m 2700m 3050m

(1160m — 2231m)

1
1
rain showers
light rain
snow showers
moderate rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
2700m 2950m 2450m 2100m 2800m

(1425m — 1825m)

clear
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2550m 3250m 3000m 2300m 2750m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1645 m
2600m 3700m 3350m 2750m 3050m

(1540m — 1760m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2800m 3700m 3100m 3200m 3100m

(1586m — 1943m)

opens in 145 days
6
3
1
clear
light rain
light snow
light rain
clear
Mid station 1764 m
2450m 3400m 2550m 2250m 2600m

(1350m — 2133m)

clear
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1742 m
2400m 3650m 3250m 2550m 2900m

(1550m — 1800m)

2
clear
light rain
snow showers
light rain
clear
Mid station 1675 m
2500m 3550m 2750m 2300m 2600m

(1420m — 1530m)

clear
light rain
rain showers
light rain
clear
Mid station 1475 m
2500m 3550m 2750m 2300m 2600m

(1493m — 1923m)

opens in 180 days
rain showers
light rain
clear
light rain
clear
Mid station 1708 m
2650m 3550m 2850m 2450m 3050m

(1260m — 1960m)

clear
light rain
snow showers
moderate rain
clear
Mid station 1610 m
2500m 3200m 2550m 2150m 2650m

(1660m — 1910m)

light rain
clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1785 m
2800m 3800m 3750m 3700m 3800m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 159 days
8
light rain
clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1962 m
2800m 3800m 3750m 3650m 3750m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 159 days
9
light rain
clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1962 m
2800m 3800m 3750m 3700m 3750m