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 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

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
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on-piste
Powder
off-piste
Fresh snow depth
Last Snow
Fresh snow depth
Next 9 Days
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snow (cm)
Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
3
light rain
rain showers
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
2900m 2300m 2000m 2050m 1950m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report yesterday

12 cm
yesterday
39
1
39
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3296 m
2350m 1950m 1400m 1900m 2200m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 4 days ago

2 cm
4 days ago
cloudy
rain showers
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
2950m 2250m 2000m 1850m 1850m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
3 days ago
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1610 m
2900m 2400m 2050m 2100m 2050m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 14 days ago

Cardrona webcam
opens in 225 days 1 cm
14 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1594 m
2600m 2100m 1600m 1800m 2000m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 232 days 3 cm
11 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2650m 2000m 1450m 1750m 2050m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 3 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
3 cm
3 days ago
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1672 m
2850m 2400m 2050m 2100m 2050m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 13 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
3 cm
13 days ago
light rain
rain showers
clear
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
2900m 2300m 2000m 2050m 1950m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 3 days ago

8 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1604 m
2950m 2550m 2400m 2300m 2200m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 4 days ago

1 cm
4 days ago
2
light rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1799 m
2600m 2250m 2000m 2050m 2000m

(1631m — 2080m)

snow report 11 days ago

13 cm
11 days ago
1
moderate rain
light rain
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1856 m
2650m 1850m 1400m 1750m 2050m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 21 days ago

4 cm
21 days ago
light rain
moderate rain
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1469 m
2700m 2650m 2850m 3050m 2950m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 11 days ago

19 cm
11 days ago
2
heavy rain
light rain
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1543 m
2500m 1700m 1350m 1850m 2200m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
5
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1740 m
2900m 2400m 2050m 2100m 2050m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 13 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 245 days 3 cm
13 days ago
3
cloudy
rain showers
clear
light snow
cloudy
Mid station 1902 m
2900m 2300m 2000m 2000m 1950m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 246 days 8 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1575 m
2950m 2650m 2400m 2250m 2200m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
5
cloudy
rain showers
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1871 m
2800m 2400m 2050m 2100m 2050m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 11 days ago

15 cm
11 days ago
1
heavy rain
light rain
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1696 m
2350m 1900m 1400m 1900m 2250m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 225 days 2 cm
4 days ago
4
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1743 m
3000m 2350m 2000m 2000m 1900m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 12 days ago

2 cm
12 days ago
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1625 m
2600m 2150m 1500m 2000m 1950m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 3 days ago

2 cm
3 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1645 m
2950m 2400m 2050m 2050m 2000m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

2 cm
3 days ago
rain showers
light rain
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1650 m
2700m 2500m 2250m 2450m 2500m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report 14 days ago

opens in 232 days 1 cm
14 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1709 m
2650m 2000m 1600m 1800m 2000m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 12 days ago

1 cm
12 days ago
1
rain showers
rain showers
clear
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1742 m
2800m 2250m 1950m 2100m 2000m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 11 days ago

3 cm
11 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
2600m 2100m 1700m 1850m 1950m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 14 days ago

1 cm
14 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
2600m 2100m 1700m 1850m 1950m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 11 days ago

4 cm
11 days ago
light rain
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1677 m
2600m 2100m 1600m 1800m 2000m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 267 days 4 cm
3 days ago
1
light rain
light rain
light snow
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1708 m
2500m 2250m 2000m 2100m 2200m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 239 days 9 cm
11 days ago
moderate rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
light rain
Mid station 1610 m
2600m 1950m 1400m 1850m 2050m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 15 days ago

Tukino webcam
5 cm
15 days ago
light rain
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1785 m
2850m 2600m 2900m 3000m 2900m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 16 days ago

opens in 238 days 2 cm
16 days ago
light rain
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
2850m 2600m 2800m 3000m 2900m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 16 days ago

opens in 238 days 3 cm
16 days ago
light rain
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1962 m
2850m 2600m 2850m 3000m 2900m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 11 days ago

17 cm
11 days ago
2
1
heavy rain
light snow
light snow
light snow
light rain
Mid station 1951 m
2550m 1850m 1350m 1850m 2100m