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

Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

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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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
24
2
6
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
1350m 950m 1350m 1400m 2650m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report yesterday

15 cm
yesterday
33
20
10
heavy snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 3296 m
1050m 850m 1300m 1250m 2300m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 3 days ago

6 cm
3 days ago
24
3
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
1200m 1000m 1400m 1350m 2750m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
28
8
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
1250m 900m 1400m 1250m 2400m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

Cardrona webcam
3 cm
yesterday
10
9
3
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1594 m
1150m 900m 1200m 1450m 2650m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 243 days 5 cm
yesterday
14
11
6
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light rain
Mid station 1418 m
950m 850m 1150m 1350m 2600m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report yesterday

Craigieburn webcam
2 cm
yesterday
29
1
8
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1672 m
1250m 900m 1400m 1250m 2400m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report yesterday

Fox Peak webcam
1 cm
yesterday
18
5
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
1350m 1000m 1400m 1400m 2650m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 6 days ago

1 cm
6 days ago
33
2
8
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1604 m
1550m 950m 1350m 1250m 2600m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
22
6
6
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1799 m
1150m 900m 1300m 1250m 2500m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 18 days ago

10 cm
18 days ago
10
1
2
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1469 m
1650m 1250m 1500m 1300m 2350m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Aspiring webcam
27 cm
yesterday
25
23
15
heavy snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light rain
Mid station 1543 m
1000m 800m 1150m 1400m 2550m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
29
1
8
moderate snow
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1740 m
1300m 900m 1450m 1250m 2450m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 257 days 13 cm
3 days ago
18
2
5
light snow
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1902 m
1350m 1050m 1650m 1500m 2800m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 229 days 13 cm
3 days ago
29
14
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1762 m
1550m 1050m 1550m 1350m 2700m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 9 days ago

opens in 257 days 2 cm
9 days ago
42
2
11
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1575 m
1600m 1050m 1500m 1200m 2600m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
28
6
8
moderate snow
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1871 m
1250m 900m 1450m 1250m 2450m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

11 cm
yesterday
34
13
12
heavy snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
1050m 900m 1300m 1300m 2300m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report yesterday

10 cm
yesterday
9
8
7
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
1100m 900m 1300m 1450m 2600m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report yesterday

Porters webcam
1 cm
yesterday
27
9
light snow
clear
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1645 m
1350m 900m 1500m 1300m 2550m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 8 days ago

4 cm
8 days ago
23
4
8
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
1350m 1100m 1250m 1300m 2200m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 229 days 4 cm
yesterday
23
10
6
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
clear
light rain
Mid station 1764 m
1000m 850m 1150m 1350m 2600m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
21
3
4
light snow
clear
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1742 m
1300m 950m 1350m 1350m 2650m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
10
9
3
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
1150m 950m 1200m 1450m 2650m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
8
3
2
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
1150m 950m 1200m 1450m 2650m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
yesterday
11
10
4
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1677 m
1100m 900m 1200m 1400m 2650m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 278 days 4 cm
yesterday
38
11
9
heavy snow
clear
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1708 m
1100m 850m 1350m 1150m 2250m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 243 days 12 cm
yesterday
15
18
10
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
light rain
Mid station 1610 m
1050m 850m 1150m 1350m 2600m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 2 days ago

Tukino webcam
4 cm
2 days ago
28
1
2
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1785 m
1800m 1350m 1450m 1300m 2150m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 2 days ago

4 cm
2 days ago
28
2
3
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
1750m 1300m 1450m 1300m 2150m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

293
81
Spring snow 4 cm
2 days ago
28
1
3
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
1750m 1350m 1450m 1300m 2100m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report yesterday

24 cm
yesterday
24
27
16
heavy snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
light rain
Mid station 1951 m
1050m 850m 1150m 1450m 2550m