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 On New Zealand,'s South Island, there was some nice skiing to be found around the Queenstown area at the NZSki resorts of Coronet Peak (45/95cm) and The Remarkables (95/115cm). Both resorts were running all of their lifts on Thursday 19th July, but the lack of fresh snow for the last week means that off piste option off the Shadow chair will be limited, whilst the Back Bowls are currently closed.

Nearby at Wanaka, Treble Cone (95/130cm) was offering some nice skiing on the groomed trails. The weather was sunny in the morning with clouds expected to move in during the afternoon. On the North Island the weather wasn,'t so kind at Turoa (70/158cm) and Whakapapa (87/136cm). At the latter The Valley-T, Knoll-T and West Ridge Quad were due to poor visibility, and night skiing was also called off for the same reason.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 29resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 7 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

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Best piste conditions (7)

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)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1564m — 2222m)

6
16
2
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
1950m 2100m 1350m 850m 500m

(2839m — 3754m)

146
4
16
partly cloudy
heavy snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3296 m
1550m 1700m 1050m 850m 850m

(1463m — 1737m)

1
3
11
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
2050m 2100m 1250m 700m 700m

(1400m — 1820m)

5
14
6
partly cloudy
moderate rain
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
1900m 1950m 1350m 900m 600m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

Cardrona webcam
102
60

Good

Varied
3 cm
8 days ago
13
3
18
partly cloudy
moderate snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1594 m
1750m 1800m 1150m 650m 700m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report yesterday

95
45
Packed
Varied
10 cm
8 days ago
15
1
14
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1418 m
1700m 1700m 1100m 650m 700m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 3 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
90
20

Good

Varied
5 days ago
9
14
7
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1672 m
1900m 1950m 1350m 900m 600m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
2
15
1
partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
1950m 2100m 1350m 850m 550m

(1434m — 1774m)

6
15
4
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1604 m
2250m 2500m 1500m 900m 650m

(1449m — 2149m)

17
7
2
partly cloudy
heavy snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1799 m
1650m 1750m 1200m 800m 500m

(1259m — 1679m)

3
16
snow showers
light rain
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
1900m 2050m 2050m 1550m 1650m

(1086m — 2000m)

Mount Aspiring webcam
102
2
14
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1543 m
1500m 1550m 1100m 500m 600m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
8
17
7
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1740 m
1950m 2000m 1350m 900m 550m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Dobson webcam
48
40
Packed
Crud
5 cm
10 days ago
5
11
3
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
Mid station 1902 m
2050m 2200m 1350m 800m 600m

(1438m — 2086m)

2
26
7
partly cloudy
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1762 m
2200m 2400m 1450m 850m 550m

(1400m — 1750m)

1
18
2
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1575 m
2300m 2600m 1600m 950m 700m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

100
10

Good

Varied
4 days ago
9
15
7
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1871 m
1950m 1950m 1350m 900m 550m

(1160m — 2231m)

124
4
21
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
1550m 1700m 1050m 950m 950m

(1425m — 1825m)

14
3
5
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1625 m
1650m 1750m 1200m 700m 550m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
3
20
6
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1645 m
2100m 2100m 1400m 850m 550m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

74
51

Good

Varied
2 cm
8 days ago
22
6
1
clear
light snow
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 1650 m
2000m 1800m 1500m 1100m 950m

(1586m — 1943m)

13
2
32
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1764 m
1750m 1750m 1050m 700m 700m

(1350m — 2133m)

9
15
3
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1742 m
1800m 1950m 1300m 800m 550m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 25 days ago

95
62
fresh on 11 Sep
9
3
19
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1675 m
1750m 1850m 1150m 700m 700m

(1420m — 1530m)

7
3
17
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1475 m
1750m 1850m 1150m 700m 700m

(1425m — 1929m)

19
1
17
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1677 m
1850m 1550m 900m 600m 800m

(1493m — 1923m)

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30
5
9
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1708 m
1600m 1750m 1250m 950m 750m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

130
95

Good

Varied
12 cm
9 days ago
58
2
11
snow showers
heavy snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1610 m
1600m 1650m 1150m 600m 650m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
2
3
32
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1785 m
1900m 2050m 2000m 1600m 1550m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

158
70

Good

Varied
1 cm
4 days ago
12
1
32
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
1850m 2100m 2000m 1600m 1550m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

136
87
Packed
Varied
4 cm
8 days ago
16
1
37
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
1850m 1900m 2000m 1650m 1600m

(1737m — 2165m)

116
3
10
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1951 m
1700m 1450m 850m 400m 850m