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 14 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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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)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 19 days ago

1.0 cm
19 days ago
light snow cloud part cloud cloud clear
Mid station 1893 m
1450m 1200m 1250m 1700m 2000m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 2 days ago

13 cm
2 days ago
clear part cloud clear cloud clear
Mid station 3296 m
1200m 1250m 1200m 1400m 1500m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 19 days ago

3.0 cm
19 days ago
1.0
1.0
cloud light snow clear cloud part cloud
Mid station 1600 m
1400m 900m 1000m 1800m 2000m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
light snow light snow cloud cloud part cloud
Mid station 1610 m
1400m 1250m 1300m 1650m 1900m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

70
50
Artificial snow cover 17 cm
20 days ago
cloud cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1594 m
1350m 900m 1050m 1950m 1850m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report yesterday

50
15
Artificial snow cover 1.0 cm
16 days ago
cloud cloud clear cloud clear
Mid station 1418 m
1350m 800m 950m 2000m 1800m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
light snow snow showers part cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1672 m
1400m 1250m 1300m 1650m 1850m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 20 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
18 cm
20 days ago
light snow cloud part cloud cloud clear
Mid station 1510 m
1450m 1200m 1250m 1700m 2000m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 6 days ago

2.0 cm
6 days ago
1.0
1.0
part cloud light snow cloud part cloud clear
Mid station 1604 m
1450m 1250m 1100m 1500m 1900m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 2 days ago

3.0 cm
2 days ago
light snow cloud part cloud part cloud clear
Mid station 1799 m
1400m 1200m 1150m 1500m 1800m

(1631m — 2080m)

snow report 2 days ago

2.0 cm
2 days ago
part cloud part cloud clear cloud clear
Mid station 1856 m
1350m 700m 850m 1950m 1800m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 15 days ago

1.0 cm
15 days ago
1.0
1.0
light rain light snow snow showers part cloud rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
2050m 1600m 1500m 1900m 2350m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
cloud cloud clear cloud part cloud
Mid station 1543 m
1350m 1100m 1450m 1900m 1750m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 2 days ago

3.0 cm
2 days ago
1.0
1.0
light snow light snow cloud cloud part cloud
Mid station 1740 m
1400m 1250m 1300m 1650m 1900m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Dobson webcam
60
15
Artificial snow cover 18 cm
20 days ago
cloud cloud clear part cloud clear
Mid station 1902 m
1450m 1150m 1300m 1800m 2000m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

30
Artificial snow cover 1.0 cm
6 days ago
2.0
2.0
part cloud light snow cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1575 m
1450m 1150m 1000m 1350m 1950m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 2 days ago

3.0 cm
2 days ago
1.0
1.0
light snow light snow cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1871 m
1400m 1250m 1350m 1650m 1900m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 cm
2 days ago
part cloud part cloud clear cloud part cloud
Mid station 1696 m
1300m 1350m 1400m 1450m 1500m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report yesterday

73
40
Artificial snow cover 2.0 cm
19 days ago
1.0
1.0
light snow light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1743 m
1400m 1250m 1300m 1650m 2000m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 2 days ago

1.0 cm
2 days ago
cloud cloud clear part cloud cloud
Mid station 1625 m
1300m 950m 1100m 1800m 1750m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 2 days ago

2.0 cm
2 days ago
1.0
1.0
light snow light snow cloud cloud part cloud
Mid station 1645 m
1400m 1250m 1350m 1650m 1950m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

1.0 cm
yesterday
clear part cloud cloud part cloud clear
Mid station 1650 m
1550m 1450m 1300m 1650m 1900m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report yesterday

50
5
Artificial snow cover 2.0 cm
16 days ago
light snow cloud clear cloud clear
Mid station 1709 m
1350m 850m 950m 1950m 1800m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 2 days ago

1.0 cm
2 days ago
light snow cloud part cloud cloud clear
Mid station 1742 m
1350m 1100m 1200m 1650m 1950m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 20 days ago

15 cm
20 days ago
cloud cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1675 m
1400m 900m 1050m 1900m 1850m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 20 days ago

13 cm
20 days ago
cloud cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1475 m
1400m 900m 1050m 1950m 1850m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 20 days ago

18 cm
20 days ago
part cloud part cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1677 m
1350m 900m 1050m 1950m 1850m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 6 days 8 cm
2 days ago
cloud part cloud part cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1708 m
1500m 1350m 1300m 1700m 1500m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

50
20
Artificial snow cover 1.0 cm
2 days ago
part cloud part cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1610 m
1300m 800m 950m 1950m 1800m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

Tukino webcam
5 cm
yesterday
9.0
7.0
light snow light snow light snow clear part cloud
Mid station 1785 m
1750m 1500m 1300m 1350m 2100m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

46
15
Artificial snow cover 7 cm
yesterday
9.0
7.0
light snow light snow light snow clear part cloud
Mid station 1962 m
1800m 1550m 1300m 1350m 2100m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

23
22
Artificial snow cover 6 cm
yesterday
9.0
7.0
light snow light snow light snow clear part cloud
Mid station 1962 m
1750m 1600m 1300m 1350m 2100m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
cloud part cloud clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1951 m
1350m 900m 1100m 1950m 1750m