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 3 resorts. 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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snow depth
top and bottom
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on-piste
Powder
off-piste
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last snow
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next 9 days
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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 3 days ago

6 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1893 m
3750m 3850m 4000m 2950m 3000m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 4 days ago

16 cm
4 days ago
10
8
4
partly cloudy
clear
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 3296 m
3800m 3850m 3400m 2250m 2900m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 4 days ago

3 cm
4 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
3500m 3550m 3700m 2550m 2800m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 3 days ago

9 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
3800m 3950m 4200m 3300m 3300m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 4 days ago

Cardrona webcam
1 cm
4 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1594 m
3450m 3450m 3150m 2250m 2850m

(1187m — 1649m)

opens in 149 days
partly cloudy
clear
heavy rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
3400m 3500m 2950m 2100m 2800m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 3 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
9 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1672 m
3800m 3950m 4200m 3300m 3300m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 4 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
2 cm
4 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1510 m
3750m 3800m 4000m 2950m 3000m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1604 m
3850m 3900m 4150m 3650m 3600m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
rain showers
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1799 m
3750m 3850m 3900m 2950m 3100m

(1259m — 1679m)

clear
rain showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
3950m 4150m 4350m 4250m 4100m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 4 days ago

Mount Aspiring webcam
9 cm
4 days ago
1
rain showers
clear
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1543 m
3650m 3700m 3000m 2200m 2700m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
11 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1740 m
3800m 3900m 4200m 3350m 3300m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 16 days ago

fresh 2 cm
on 23 Sep
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rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1902 m
3700m 3800m 3950m 2900m 3000m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 141 days 15 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1762 m
3800m 3850m 4300m 3100m 3100m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 156 days 6 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1575 m
3800m 3850m 4150m 3600m 3500m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 3 days ago

10 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1871 m
3800m 3900m 4200m 3300m 3300m

(1160m — 2231m)

partly cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1696 m
3850m 3850m 3400m 2200m 2850m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
3650m 3700m 3600m 2500m 2950m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 3 days ago

Porters webcam
13 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1645 m
3750m 3900m 4250m 3350m 3300m

(1540m — 1760m)

clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
3950m 3850m 4100m 3700m 3450m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 142 days 1 cm
4 days ago
1
rain showers
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1764 m
3350m 3450m 3000m 2100m 2850m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 3 days ago

5 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
thunderstorm
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1742 m
3750m 3800m 3950m 2850m 3050m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
3450m 3450m 3200m 2300m 2900m

(1420m — 1530m)

partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
3450m 3450m 3200m 2300m 2900m

(1425m — 1929m)

rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
rain showers
light rain
Mid station 1677 m
3450m 3600m 2850m 2550m 2850m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1708 m
3900m 4000m 3950m 3200m 3150m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 29 days ago

opens in 156 days 1 cm
29 days ago
rain showers
clear
heavy rain
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
3550m 3550m 3050m 2250m 2800m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1785 m
3900m 4050m 4250m 4100m 4100m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 156 days
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
3900m 4050m 4250m 4100m 4050m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 135 days
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
3900m 4100m 4300m 4100m 4100m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 4 days ago

5 cm
4 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1951 m
3650m 3700m 2800m 2600m 2900m