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 3resorts. 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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snow depth
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last snow
Fresh snow depth
next 9 days
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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
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(1564m — 2222m)

49
1
clear
clear
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1893 m
2450m 2800m 3100m 2850m 1300m

(2839m — 3754m)

1
8
1
snow showers
clear
clear
light snow
light snow
Mid station 3296 m
2050m 2400m 2850m 2550m 1800m

(1463m — 1737m)

16
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
2400m 2600m 3000m 2600m 1050m

(1400m — 1820m)

58
3
rain showers
clear
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1610 m
2350m 2850m 3200m 3150m 1500m

(1294m — 1894m)

Cardrona webcam
opens in 47 days
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1594 m
2150m 2650m 2950m 2400m 1150m

(1187m — 1649m)

opens in 54 days
2
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
2100m 2600m 2900m 2300m 1050m

(1422m — 1922m)

59
3
rain showers
clear
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1672 m
2350m 2850m 3200m 3150m 1500m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
40
1
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1510 m
2450m 2750m 3050m 2850m 1250m

(1434m — 1774m)

46
10
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
Mid station 1604 m
2500m 2900m 3250m 3300m 2100m

(1449m — 2149m)

17
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1799 m
2250m 2850m 3050m 2900m 1450m

(1259m — 1679m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1469 m
2750m 3000m 3550m 3500m 3000m

(1086m — 2000m)

1
2
light rain
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1543 m
2050m 2350m 2750m 2100m 1250m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
64
4
rain showers
clear
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1740 m
2350m 2850m 3200m 3100m 1450m

(1695m — 2110m)

opens in 74 days
40
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1902 m
2500m 2800m 3050m 2850m 1200m

(1403m — 2086m)

opens in 46 days
77
7
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
heavy snow
Mid station 1744 m
2450m 2800m 3150m 3050m 1200m

(1400m — 1750m)

opens in 75 days
50
11
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1575 m
2550m 2900m 3200m 3300m 2100m

(1646m — 2096m)

59
2
snow showers
clear
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1871 m
2400m 2850m 3200m 3100m 1450m

(1160m — 2231m)

1
4
light snow
clear
rain showers
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1696 m
2000m 2350m 2850m 2500m 1900m

(1425m — 1825m)

20
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
2150m 2650m 2950m 2700m 1400m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
65
5
partly cloudy
clear
clear
light rain
heavy snow
Mid station 1645 m
2450m 2850m 3200m 3100m 1350m

(1540m — 1760m)

9
partly cloudy
clear
clear
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
2500m 2900m 3350m 3200m 2200m

(1586m — 1943m)

opens in 47 days
2
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1764 m
2150m 2650m 2950m 2350m 1050m

(1350m — 2133m)

41
1
clear
clear
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1742 m
2350m 2750m 3050m 2850m 1350m

(1550m — 1800m)

4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
2150m 2650m 3000m 2450m 1100m

(1420m — 1530m)

3
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1475 m
2150m 2650m 2950m 2450m 1150m

(1425m — 1929m)

4
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1677 m
2200m 2300m 2750m 2900m 1650m

(1493m — 1923m)

opens in 95 days
1
17
1
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1708 m
2050m 2800m 3200m 2900m 1850m

(1260m — 1960m)

opens in 61 days
3
rain showers
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
2100m 2550m 2850m 2300m 1100m

(1660m — 1910m)

light rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1785 m
2800m 2900m 3500m 3600m 3250m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 54 days
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1962 m
2800m 2900m 3500m 3600m 3200m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 47 days
light snow
clear
clear
partly cloudy
heavy rain
Mid station 1962 m
2800m 2900m 3550m 3600m 3250m

(1737m — 2165m)

2
8
light snow
partly cloudy
light rain
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1951 m
2100m 2250m 2600m 2800m 1650m