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


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Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 5resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 1 are reporting good piste conditions.

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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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1564m — 2222m)

14
20
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1893 m
2550m 2550m 2000m 2100m 2550m

(2839m — 3754m)

43
12
62
clear
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3296 m
2100m 2150m 2200m 2250m 2150m

(1463m — 1737m)

1
2
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1600 m
2550m 2550m 2000m 2350m 2650m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 14 days ago

Broken River webcam
fresh 20 cm
on 25 Sep
9
8
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1610 m
2500m 2600m 2000m 1950m 2500m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 3 days ago

Cardrona webcam
opens in 16 days
1
clear
light rain
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1594 m
2400m 2400m 2000m 2450m 2400m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 3 days ago

Coronet Peak webcam
opens in 16 days
2
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2400m 2400m 1950m 2550m 2400m

(1422m — 1922m)

9
8
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1672 m
2500m 2600m 2000m 1950m 2500m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
opens in 58 days
2
14
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1510 m
2550m 2550m 2000m 2100m 2550m

(1434m — 1774m)

5
2
1
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1604 m
2550m 2700m 2050m 1800m 2400m

(1449m — 2149m)

8
11
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1799 m
2450m 2450m 1950m 2050m 2550m

(1259m — 1679m)

clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
2650m 2600m 2500m 2250m 2200m

(1086m — 2000m)

9
13
clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1543 m
2050m 2150m 2200m 2400m 2050m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 16 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
25 days ago
10
8
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1740 m
2500m 2600m 2000m 2000m 2550m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 37 days
12
17
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1902 m
2550m 2550m 2000m 2250m 2600m

(1403m — 2086m)

opens in 16 days
21
1
21
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1744 m
2550m 2650m 2000m 2050m 2650m

(1400m — 1750m)

opens in 44 days
6
3
2
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1575 m
2550m 2750m 2100m 1850m 2450m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 3 days ago

11
10
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1871 m
2500m 2600m 2000m 2000m 2550m

(1160m — 2231m)

1
5
33
clear
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
2050m 2150m 2200m 2250m 2100m

(1425m — 1825m)

1
16
clear
light rain
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1625 m
2350m 2350m 2100m 2200m 2500m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
12
9
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1645 m
2550m 2650m 2000m 2000m 2600m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2350m 2500m 2200m 2050m 2200m

(1586m — 1943m)

opens in 16 days
2
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1764 m
2400m 2400m 1900m 2550m 2450m

(1350m — 2133m)

10
18
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1742 m
2450m 2500m 2000m 2150m 2500m

(1550m — 1800m)

1
clear
light rain
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
2400m 2400m 2000m 2450m 2500m

(1420m — 1530m)

1
clear
light rain
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
2400m 2400m 2000m 2450m 2500m

(1493m — 1923m)

opens in 58 days
6
14
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1708 m
2250m 2400m 2100m 2100m 2300m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 3 days ago

Treble Cone webcam
opens in 28 days
5
clear
light rain
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
2250m 2250m 1850m 2300m 2300m

(1660m — 1910m)

4
21
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1785 m
2500m 2650m 2550m 2250m 2100m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 16 days
6
23
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
2500m 2650m 2550m 2250m 2100m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 16 days
8
27
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
2500m 2600m 2600m 2250m 2100m

(1737m — 2165m)

13
27
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1951 m
2200m 2150m 2150m 2250m 2300m