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 28resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

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snow depth
top and bottom
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on-piste
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off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
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snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1564m — 2222m)

94
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1893 m
1850m 1700m 2250m 3000m 3500m

(2839m — 3754m)

58
1
37
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 3296 m
2550m 2000m 2500m 3150m 3450m

(1463m — 1737m)

55
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1600 m
1750m 1600m 2200m 2750m 3350m

(1400m — 1820m)

38
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1610 m
2350m 2000m 2250m 3100m 3550m

(1294m — 1894m)

Cardrona webcam
opens in 109 days
39
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1594 m
1700m 1600m 2350m 2900m 3400m

(1187m — 1649m)

opens in 109 days
21
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1418 m
1700m 1600m 2300m 2900m 3350m

(1422m — 1922m)

55
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1672 m
2400m 2000m 2250m 3100m 3550m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
opens in 144 days
65
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1510 m
1850m 1700m 2250m 3000m 3500m

(1434m — 1774m)

3
heavy rain
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1604 m
3300m 2600m 2150m 3000m 3450m

(1449m — 2149m)

66
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1799 m
1950m 1750m 2250m 3100m 3550m

(1259m — 1679m)

rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
4500m 3400m 2850m 3300m 3600m

(1086m — 2000m)

16
heavy rain
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1543 m
2150m 1750m 2450m 3100m 3350m

(1634m — 1845m)

69
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1740 m
2250m 1950m 2250m 3100m 3550m

(1695m — 2110m)

opens in 136 days
84
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1902 m
1850m 1650m 2350m 2950m 3500m

(1403m — 2086m)

opens in 108 days
101
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1744 m
2000m 1850m 2300m 2950m 3500m

(1400m — 1750m)

opens in 137 days
3
heavy rain
moderate rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1575 m
3400m 2600m 2150m 3000m 3400m

(1646m — 2096m)

78
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1871 m
2250m 1950m 2250m 3100m 3550m

(1160m — 2231m)

4
2
heavy rain
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1696 m
2950m 2100m 2550m 3150m 3450m

(1425m — 1825m)

48
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1625 m
1800m 1650m 2250m 3000m 3450m

(1310m — 1980m)

65
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1645 m
2150m 1900m 2250m 3050m 3550m

(1540m — 1760m)

2
heavy rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1650 m
3900m 2800m 2550m 3100m 3500m

(1586m — 1943m)

opens in 109 days
28
moderate snow
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1764 m
1700m 1600m 2300m 2900m 3400m

(1350m — 2133m)

83
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1742 m
1850m 1650m 2200m 3000m 3500m

(1550m — 1800m)

42
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1675 m
1700m 1550m 2350m 2900m 3400m

(1420m — 1530m)

39
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1475 m
1700m 1550m 2350m 2900m 3400m

(1425m — 1929m)

39
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1677 m
1650m 2100m 2850m 3000m 3600m

(1493m — 1923m)

opens in 157 days
11
heavy rain
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1708 m
3100m 2250m 2400m 3200m 3550m

(1260m — 1960m)

opens in 123 days
37
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1610 m
1800m 1550m 2250m 2950m 3400m

(1660m — 1910m)

moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1785 m
4500m 3650m 2750m 3200m 3450m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 116 days
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1962 m
4550m 3600m 2750m 3200m 3450m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 109 days
moderate rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1962 m
4450m 3600m 2750m 3200m 3500m

(1737m — 2165m)

33
11
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
Mid station 1951 m
1750m 2200m 3000m 3100m 3550m