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


NEW ZEALAND Spring conditions right across the New Zealand ski fields on Thursday 22 September. A mixture of warm sunny spells and wet spring storms produced varied snow conditions. North Island resorts Turoa (204cm) and Whakapapa (204/215cm) received a mix of fresh snow and rain during Thursday afternoon. In the South, the best skiing was in the Treble Cone (80/150cm) and Cardrona (60/100cm) area around Lake Wanaka. Both resorts presented expertly groomed pistes, which softened to lovely spring slush. Sunny skies as the day progressed made for great conditions. Cloudy unstable weather is expected to dominate New Zealand over the weekend with most resorts expecting a mix of rain and snow; freezing levels variable around 2400m in the north and 2000m in the south.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 20resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 7 are reporting good piste conditions.

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

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Best piste conditions (7)

Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
Good piste
on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1564m — 2222m)

18
13
light snow
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1893 m
1800m 2050m 2100m 2200m 2500m

(2839m — 3754m)

32
29
33
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3296 m
2000m 2100m 2250m 2300m 2500m

(1463m — 1737m)

3
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
1800m 2050m 2100m 2200m 2450m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report today

Broken River webcam
140
25
fresh 20 cm
yesterday
1
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1610 m
1850m 2150m 2150m 2250m 2500m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 4 days ago

Cardrona webcam
100
60

Good

Varied
15 cm
18 days ago
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1594 m
2000m 2150m 2250m 2350m 2500m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 4 days ago

Coronet Peak webcam
100
25
Spring snow
Patchy
2 cm
12 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1418 m
2050m 2150m 2300m 2350m 2500m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 7 days ago

17 days ago
1
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1672 m
1900m 2150m 2150m 2250m 2500m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 2 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
good 18 days ago
7
light snow
light rain
moderate rain
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1510 m
1800m 2050m 2100m 2200m 2500m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 3 days ago

48 days ago
2
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1604 m
1950m 2200m 2250m 2250m 2450m

(1449m — 2149m)

10
7
1
light snow
rain showers
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1799 m
1750m 2100m 2050m 2200m 2500m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 18 days ago

Manganui webcam
50
15
×
Closed

Fresh
10 cm
17 days ago
moderate rain
moderate rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
2400m 2400m 2350m 2200m 2350m

(1086m — 2000m)

2
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1543 m
2000m 2100m 2250m 2350m 2450m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 10 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
18 days ago
5
light snow
light rain
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1740 m
1850m 2150m 2150m 2250m 2500m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 4 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 264 days
9
7
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
rain showers
Mid station 1902 m
1800m 2050m 2150m 2200m 2450m

(1403m — 2086m)

snow report 4 days ago

Mount Hutt webcam
884
44

Good
Patchy
3 cm
4 days ago
12
light snow
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1744 m
1800m 2100m 2100m 2250m 2500m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 13 days ago

Mount Lyford webcam
opens in 285 days 18 days ago
Sunny clear and calm. // 13 Sep
4
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1575 m
1950m 2200m 2250m 2250m 2450m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 4 days ago

Mount Olympus webcam
8
6
light snow
rain showers
light snow
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1871 m
1850m 2150m 2150m 2250m 2500m

(1160m — 2231m)

11
22
light snow
light rain
heavy rain
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1696 m
2050m 2100m 2300m 2350m 2500m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report today

156
100
fresh 4 cm
yesterday
3
1
light snow
rain showers
light rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1625 m
1750m 2050m 2150m 2200m 2500m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 15 days ago

Porters webcam
100
40
18 days ago
3
light snow
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1645 m
1850m 2100m 2100m 2250m 2500m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

Rainbow webcam
17 days ago
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
2000m 2150m 2250m 2250m 2350m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report 15 days ago

Remarkables webcam
120
80
18 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1764 m
2000m 2150m 2300m 2350m 2500m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 15 days ago

Roundhill webcam
10 cm
17 days ago
20
12
light snow
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1742 m
1800m 2050m 2100m 2200m 2500m

(1550m — 1800m)

Snow Farm webcam
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1675 m
2000m 2150m 2250m 2350m 2500m

(1420m — 1530m)

rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1475 m
2000m 2150m 2250m 2350m 2500m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 8 days ago

opens in 299 days 17 days ago
2
1
light snow
rain showers
light rain
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1708 m
2000m 2200m 2250m 2300m 2450m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 4 days ago

Treble Cone webcam
150
80
Spring snow
Spring snow
20 cm
18 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
1950m 2100m 2250m 2300m 2500m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 16 days ago

111
98
fresh 5 cm
17 days ago
2
15
2
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
moderate rain
light rain
Mid station 1785 m
2400m 2350m 2350m 2200m 2250m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 4 days ago

Turoa webcam
204
204
Wet
Spring snow
30 cm
18 days ago
4
20
7
light rain
light rain
thunderstorm
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
2450m 2400m 2350m 2200m 2300m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 4 days ago

215
204

Good
Spring snow
15 cm
4 days ago
6
22
8
light snow
light rain
thunderstorm
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
2450m 2400m 2350m 2200m 2300m