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 Treble Cone (40/60cm) is now open for skiing and snowboarding and the conditions are good. The temperature remained low on Thursday 6th July helping the snow, and with clear skis overhead it could not have been much better Mount Dobson (26/48cm) and Porter Heights (10/15cm) plan to open for the season on Friday 7th July, followed a day later by Mount Olympus (5/15cm) and Mt Lyford (17cm). At the resorts that are already open, fresh snow over the last week has really helped the skiing conditons. On the South Island, Mt Hutt (53/74cm), Coronet Peak (15/80cm) and The Remarkables (40/75cm) report the deepest base depths. Both of the North Island's Mt Ruapehu resorts are open for skiing.

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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 31resorts. 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

Bottom Mid Top
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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1564m — 2222m)

126
5
62
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1893 m
1600m 1150m 1350m 1800m 1550m

(2839m — 3754m)

20
37
89
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3296 m
1950m 1750m 1350m 1550m 1450m

(1463m — 1737m)

57
1
24
heavy snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
1700m 1050m 1450m 1950m 1500m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 2 days ago

Broken River webcam
75
35
6 days ago
57
7
38
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
1800m 1300m 1300m 1650m 1600m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 15 days ago

Cardrona webcam
45
20

Good

Varied
45 cm
19 days ago
20
5
46
moderate snow
cloudy
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1594 m
1550m 1050m 1300m 1800m 1450m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 15 days ago

Coronet Peak webcam
80
15

Good
Limited
3 cm
15 days ago
8
5
41
light snow
cloudy
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1418 m
1600m 1050m 1350m 1750m 1400m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 3 days ago

50
30
variable 6 days ago
A fine day expected! // 18 Jul
56
7
39
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1672 m
1800m 1300m 1300m 1650m 1600m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
109
4
52
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1510 m
1600m 1150m 1350m 1800m 1550m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 4 days ago

100
70
8 days ago
28
10
43
light rain
heavy snow
clear
cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1604 m
2000m 1500m 1400m 1950m 1650m

(1449m — 2149m)

38
1
37
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1799 m
1600m 1250m 1400m 1600m 1550m

(1259m — 1679m)

7
2
32
light snow
light rain
light snow
moderate rain
snow showers
Mid station 1469 m
1950m 1950m 1800m 1750m 1850m

(1086m — 2000m)

1
84
67
light snow
cloudy
clear
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1543 m
1850m 1450m 1450m 1650m 1300m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
100
39
7 days ago
64
6
43
heavy snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1740 m
1800m 1300m 1300m 1700m 1600m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 15 days ago

48
26
×
Closed

Varied
33 cm
15 days ago
120
3
54
heavy snow
moderate snow
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1902 m
1600m 1100m 1450m 2000m 1600m

(1403m — 2086m)

151
8
50
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1744 m
1800m 1200m 1350m 2100m 1600m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 2 days ago

115
95
7 days ago
34
10
51
light rain
heavy snow
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1575 m
2100m 1500m 1400m 2100m 1700m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 6 days ago

115
55
50 cm
8 days ago
61
5
43
moderate snow
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1871 m
1800m 1300m 1300m 1700m 1600m

(1160m — 2231m)

6
38
67
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1696 m
2100m 1900m 1400m 1550m 1450m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 5 days ago

Ohau webcam
156
100
3 cm
7 days ago
30
3
32
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
1550m 1100m 1350m 1750m 1450m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 26 days ago

Porters webcam
40
20
×
Closed
×
No snow
26 days ago
76
4
45
heavy snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1645 m
1800m 1250m 1300m 1900m 1600m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 13 days ago

44 days ago
18
4
15
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
2050m 1750m 1600m 1500m 1600m

(1586m — 1943m)

10
5
44
light snow
cloudy
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1764 m
1600m 1050m 1350m 1750m 1450m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
60
fresh 30 cm
on 7 Dec
104
4
60
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1742 m
1550m 1100m 1350m 1700m 1550m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 2 days ago

65
40
fresh 20 cm
5 days ago
Clear calm and sunny. // 19 Jul
24
2
42
moderate snow
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1675 m
1550m 1000m 1300m 1800m 1450m

(1420m — 1530m)

20
1
38
moderate snow
cloudy
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1475 m
1550m 1000m 1300m 1800m 1450m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 4 days ago

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38
14
32
heavy snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1708 m
1950m 1450m 1250m 1450m 1550m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 15 days ago

Treble Cone webcam
60
40

Good

Varied
5 cm
17 days ago
15
28
60
light snow
cloudy
clear
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
1500m 1000m 1300m 1700m 1350m

(1660m — 1910m)

36
31
60
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1785 m
2000m 1900m 1750m 1700m 1850m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 15 days ago

60
60

Good
Limited
15 cm
36 days ago
39
31
61
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
2000m 1900m 1700m 1650m 1850m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 15 days ago

30
10

Good
Limited
15 cm
36 days ago
46
36
69
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
2000m 1900m 1750m 1700m 1850m

(1737m — 2165m)

6
45
92
light snow
light snow
clear
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
1700m 1450m 1150m 1600m 1500m