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 REPORT The upbeat mood continues in New Zealand with another of the big-hitters, Treble Cone, opening for the season at the weekend, along with smaller centres like Broken River and Rainbow, so most of New Zealand's ski areas are now open and indeed more than any other country on the planet at present.

It is not all plain sailing though, Treble Cone was closed the day after it opened after warm weather brought rain instead of snowfall and this led to unacceptably high avalanche danger on the access road. Others also reported 'soft snow' in warmer temperatures. On Tuesday morning Treble Cone (100/180cm / 40/72") reported another 12cm (5") of fresh but heavy snow at the base and 30cm (12") of fresh up high, so all good again. It's currently posting the deepest fresh snow of any ski area in the world. It's a similar story at other Kiwi centres. Ski areas that have already been open a week or two have extended the terrain they have open with Mt Hutt (10/60cm / 4/24") opening its Fascination run at the end of last week. Most New Zealand areas continue to warn of high avalanche danger off the groomed runs following the big storms a fortnight ago. Some are still battling to get the terrain groomed.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 14 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

All resorts

Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 6 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
28
15
26
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1893 m
1900m 1000m 950m 900m 0m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 6 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
41
50
38
clear cloud mod snow light snow light snow
Mid station 3296 m
2000m 1800m 1600m 1200m 650m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 6 days ago

6 cm
5 days ago
8
3
16
clear cloud light snow light snow part cloud
Mid station 1600 m
1750m 1050m 1050m 550m 300m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
19
22
27
clear cloud light rain mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1610 m
1500m 1350m 1150m 950m 450m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report today

128
54
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
5 days ago
12
7
12
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1594 m
1550m 1250m 800m 600m 0m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report today

130
50
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
5 days ago
11
6
9
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1418 m
1800m 1500m 900m 750m 0m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
18
23
27
clear cloud light rain mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1672 m
1450m 1350m 1150m 950m 500m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 6 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
2 cm
5 days ago
29
13
23
clear cloud light rain light snow cloud
Mid station 1510 m
1900m 1000m 950m 900m 0m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 6 days ago

4 cm
5 days ago
2
15
7
clear cloud part cloud mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1604 m
1900m 1850m 2000m 1050m 650m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
37
24
38
clear cloud light rain mod snow snow showers
Mid station 1799 m
1300m 1150m 950m 950m 0m

(1631m — 2080m)

snow report 4 days ago

9 cm
6 days ago
27
8
14
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1856 m
1850m 1500m 800m 900m 0m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 23 days ago

2 cm
20 days ago
part cloud cloud mod rain part cloud cloud
Mid station 1469 m
2950m 2500m 2500m 1950m 1850m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 4 days ago

9 cm
6 days ago
23
16
26
clear cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1543 m
2150m 1800m 1200m 1000m 0m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 6 days ago

4 cm
5 days ago
18
23
26
clear cloud rain showers mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1740 m
1450m 1350m 1150m 900m 450m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report today

Mount Dobson webcam
40
25
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
5 days ago
22
11
24
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1902 m
1800m 1050m 850m 900m 300m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report today

45
35
Packed powder or groomed snow 5 cm
5 days ago
1
10
6
clear cloud part cloud mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1575 m
1650m 2000m 2100m 1050m 650m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
19
28
28
clear cloud part cloud mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1871 m
1550m 1350m 1100m 900m 350m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
3 days ago
5
35
29
clear cloud heavy rain light snow light snow
Mid station 1696 m
2150m 1850m 2000m 1350m 800m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report today

60
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 5 cm
5 days ago
17
15
20
clear cloud part cloud light snow part cloud
Mid station 1743 m
1650m 1300m 1100m 800m 450m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
32
11
23
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1625 m
1650m 950m 900m 850m 0m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 6 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
19
20
22
clear cloud part cloud mod snow part cloud
Mid station 1645 m
1450m 1300m 1100m 850m 350m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 8 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
5
12
7
clear cloud light rain light snow part cloud
Mid station 1650 m
2250m 2000m 2150m 1200m 850m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report today

108
90
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
5 days ago
7
8
8
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1709 m
1700m 1600m 900m 650m 0m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 6 days ago

2 cm
5 days ago
32
14
27
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1742 m
1900m 1050m 950m 950m 0m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
11
8
10
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1675 m
1550m 1250m 800m 550m 0m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 4 days ago

4 cm
8 days ago
11
7
10
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1475 m
1550m 1250m 800m 550m 0m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
5 days ago
13
7
12
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1677 m
1600m 1300m 850m 600m 0m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report today

130
60
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
5 days ago
16
32
24
clear cloud light rain heavy snow snow showers
Mid station 1708 m
1900m 1850m 1500m 1050m 600m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report today

160
80
Packed powder or groomed snow 1 cm
5 days ago
27
8
18
clear cloud light snow light snow cloud
Mid station 1610 m
1700m 1150m 750m 850m 0m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

Tukino webcam
9 cm
17 days ago
5
1
part cloud cloud mod rain light snow part cloud
Mid station 1785 m
2750m 2500m 2600m 1850m 1800m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 3 days 10 cm
17 days ago
5
6
part cloud cloud mod rain light snow part cloud
Mid station 1962 m
2750m 2600m 2650m 1850m 1800m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report today

56
20
Artificial 9 cm
17 days ago
6
6
part cloud cloud mod rain light snow part cloud
Mid station 1962 m
2750m 2600m 2600m 1850m 1800m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 4 days ago

6 cm
3 days ago
28
16
27
clear cloud light snow light snow light snow
Mid station 1951 m
1900m 1350m 850m 900m 0m