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 1resorts. 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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(1564m — 2222m)

thunderstorm
moderate rain
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moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1893 m
2950m 3150m 3150m 3000m 3150m

(2839m — 3754m)

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light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3296 m
2950m 3100m 3150m 3000m 3150m

(1463m — 1737m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1600 m
2950m 3100m 3100m 2900m 3150m

(1400m — 1820m)

Broken River webcam
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1610 m
3000m 3100m 3100m 3050m 3100m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 27 days ago

Cardrona webcam
opens in 195 days
rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1594 m
2950m 3150m 3100m 2900m 3150m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 27 days ago

Coronet Peak webcam
opens in 195 days
rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1418 m
2900m 3100m 3050m 2900m 3150m

(1422m — 1922m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1672 m
3000m 3100m 3100m 3050m 3100m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
opens in 230 days
thunderstorm
moderate rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1510 m
3000m 3150m 3150m 3000m 3150m

(1434m — 1774m)

moderate rain
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1604 m
3000m 3050m 3150m 3050m 3100m

(1449m — 2149m)

thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1799 m
3000m 3100m 3100m 3000m 3100m

(1259m — 1679m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1469 m
3350m 3100m 3150m 3150m 3100m

(1086m — 2000m)

rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1543 m
2950m 3100m 3050m 2950m 3150m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1740 m
3000m 3100m 3100m 3050m 3100m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 27 days ago

opens in 222 days
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1902 m
2950m 3100m 3150m 2950m 3150m

(1403m — 2086m)

opens in 194 days
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1744 m
3000m 3150m 3200m 3050m 3150m

(1400m — 1750m)

opens in 223 days
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
heavy rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1575 m
3000m 3050m 3150m 3100m 3100m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 27 days ago

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1871 m
3000m 3100m 3100m 3000m 3100m

(1160m — 2231m)

light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
3000m 3100m 3150m 3000m 3150m

(1425m — 1825m)

Ohau webcam
heavy rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1625 m
2950m 3100m 3100m 2950m 3150m

(1310m — 1980m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1645 m
3000m 3100m 3100m 3000m 3100m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 5 days ago

on 7 Jun
light rain
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
3100m 3050m 3150m 3100m 3100m

(1586m — 1943m)

opens in 195 days
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1764 m
2900m 3100m 3100m 2900m 3150m

(1350m — 2133m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
rain showers
rain showers
thunderstorm
Mid station 1742 m
2950m 3150m 3150m 2950m 3150m

(1550m — 1800m)

rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1675 m
2950m 3150m 3100m 2900m 3150m

(1420m — 1530m)

rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1475 m
2950m 3150m 3100m 2900m 3150m

(1425m — 1929m)

partly cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1677 m
2900m 3050m 3200m 2950m 3000m

(1493m — 1923m)

opens in 243 days
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1708 m
3000m 3100m 3150m 3050m 3150m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 27 days ago

opens in 209 days
rain showers
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
2950m 3100m 3100m 2950m 3150m

(1660m — 1910m)

thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1785 m
3250m 3150m 3200m 3200m 3100m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 27 days ago

opens in 202 days
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
moderate rain
moderate rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1962 m
3250m 3150m 3200m 3200m 3100m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 27 days ago

opens in 195 days
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
moderate rain
thunderstorm
thunderstorm
Mid station 1962 m
3250m 3150m 3200m 3200m 3100m

(1737m — 2165m)

cloudy
light rain
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1951 m
2900m 3000m 3150m 2950m 3000m