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 You would be forgiven for thinking it was the depths of winter in some parts of New Zealand at the moment. There has been has been a considerable amount of fresh snow at resorts such as Mt Hutt (285/380cm), and Porter Heights (120/150cm), so much so that both were forced to closure for the day. Around the Southern Lakes, there is a chance of some sun tomorrow at Cardrona (45/115cm), Coronet Peak (20/85cm) and The Remarkables (80/125cm), but generally it looks like it will be snowing on and off all week, with mid-mountain temperatures remaining around the freezing level.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 23resorts. Powder is reported at 5 resorts and 10 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Best powder (5)Best piste conditions (10)

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)

15
11
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1893 m
1700m 1900m 2150m 2850m 2800m

(2839m — 3754m)

47
149
70
heavy snow
clear
light snow
snow showers
heavy snow
Mid station 3296 m
1750m 1900m 1800m 2450m 2250m

(1463m — 1737m)

2
4
2
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
1700m 1950m 2200m 2850m 2700m

(1400m — 1820m)

Broken River webcam
10
5
5
light snow
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
Mid station 1610 m
1750m 1850m 2150m 2850m 2600m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 2 days ago

Cardrona webcam
115
45
Packed powder
Best up high
18 cm
2 days ago
8
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1594 m
1800m 2050m 2000m 2750m 2450m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 2 days ago

Coronet Peak webcam
85
20
Spring snow
Varied
12 cm
10 days ago
6
1
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1418 m
1850m 2050m 2000m 2750m 2400m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 27 days ago

120
60
38 days ago
11
13
5
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1672 m
1800m 1850m 2150m 2850m 2600m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 14 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
45
fresh 5 cm
12 days ago
13
5
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1510 m
1700m 1900m 2150m 2800m 2800m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 15 days ago

18 days ago
11
2
2
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1604 m
1800m 1700m 2200m 2850m 2800m

(1449m — 2149m)

14
13
5
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1799 m
1700m 1850m 2050m 2800m 2450m

(1259m — 1679m)

5
2
2
snow showers
moderate rain
cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
Mid station 1469 m
1900m 1900m 2200m 2700m 2700m

(1086m — 2000m)

4
68
50
light rain
partly cloudy
light rain
moderate rain
heavy snow
Mid station 1543 m
1750m 2000m 1900m 2650m 2250m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 19 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
100
66
50 days ago
11
12
4
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1740 m
1750m 1850m 2200m 2900m 2650m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 2 days ago

206
132

Fresh

Fresh
2 cm
2 days ago
Blizzard conditions // 18 Sep
11
9
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1902 m
1700m 1900m 2200m 2850m 2850m

(1403m — 2086m)

snow report 10 days ago

150
90
35 cm
12 days ago
10
11
1
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1744 m
1750m 1850m 2300m 3000m 2900m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report today

fresh 40 cm
today
9
3
2
snow showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1575 m
1850m 1750m 2250m 2900m 3050m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report today

250
80
hard 3 days ago
12
12
4
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1871 m
1750m 1850m 2200m 2900m 2600m

(1160m — 2231m)

31
66
65
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light rain
heavy snow
Mid station 1696 m
1750m 1950m 1850m 2400m 2250m

(1425m — 1825m)

Ohau webcam
6
15
2
light snow
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1625 m
1750m 1950m 2000m 2750m 2500m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 9 days ago

Porters webcam
100
40
12 days ago
9
6
light snow
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1645 m
1750m 1850m 2250m 2950m 2700m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 2 days ago

115
115
Packed powder
Powder
15 cm
2 days ago
8
2
5
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1650 m
1700m 1850m 2000m 2650m 2550m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report 9 days ago

120
80
12 days ago
18
2
snow showers
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1764 m
1850m 2050m 2000m 2750m 2400m

(1350m — 2133m)

15
10
1
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1742 m
1700m 1900m 2050m 2750m 2700m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report today

80
45
5 cm
3 days ago
10
1
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
1800m 2050m 2050m 2750m 2500m

(1420m — 1530m)

6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1475 m
1800m 2050m 2050m 2750m 2500m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 10 days ago

300
70
fresh 20 cm
10 days ago
13
22
25
moderate snow
rain showers
light snow
light rain
heavy snow
Mid station 1708 m
1800m 1850m 1800m 2650m 2350m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 2 days ago

141
116
Packed powder
Powder
15 cm
2 days ago
40
14
rain showers
rain showers
light rain
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1610 m
1750m 2000m 1950m 2750m 2350m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 10 days ago

111
98
fresh 5 cm
11 days ago
15
5
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1785 m
1850m 1650m 2100m 2650m 2800m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 2 days ago

200
200
Powder
Powder
15 cm
2 days ago
16
7
4
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1962 m
1850m 1650m 2050m 2600m 2800m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

227
227
Packed powder
Powder
20 cm
2 days ago
17
7
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
moderate rain
Mid station 1962 m
1800m 1650m 2050m 2650m 2750m

(1737m — 2165m)

3
61
34
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1951 m
1800m 1900m 2000m 2200m 2500m