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


NEW ZEALAND Following the major storm event earlier this week, many resorts continued to reap the benefits on Thursday 20th, with groomed runs in fantastic shape and fresh snow still to be found in the backcountry. A relatively sunny and calm day slowly gave way to increasing cloud with the potential for further snow at altitude, though rain lower down overnight. Cardrona (95/210cm), Coronet Peak (40/100cm) and The Remarkables (145/163cm) are in especially good shape, offering some of the best skiing on the South Island.

This weekend looks set to offer some sunny conditions as many resorts move towards their final weekends of operation Mount Dobson (80/102cm) remained closed due to high winds and trail rebuilding. My Lyford was also closed, with their final day of operations being this coming weekend.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 27resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 5 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

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Best piste conditions (5)

Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

Bottom Mid Top
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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(1564m — 2222m)

33
14
18
clear
cloudy
heavy snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1893 m
2450m 2200m 1100m 850m 900m

(2839m — 3754m)

8
7
137
clear
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
clear
Mid station 3296 m
2450m 2000m 1200m 800m 800m

(1463m — 1737m)

41
5
5
clear
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
2400m 2000m 950m 750m 750m

(1400m — 1820m)

10
10
42
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
2350m 2350m 1200m 950m 900m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

Cardrona webcam
210
95

Excellent

Varied
4 days ago
13
8
25
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1594 m
2400m 2000m 1000m 850m 700m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 2 days ago

100
40
Powder
Powder
60 cm
5 days ago
6
13
25
clear
rain showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
2400m 2000m 950m 800m 650m

(1422m — 1922m)

Craigieburn webcam
11
11
44
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1672 m
2350m 2350m 1200m 950m 900m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
28
11
10
clear
cloudy
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1510 m
2450m 2200m 1100m 800m 900m

(1434m — 1774m)

5
9
15
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1604 m
2200m 2650m 1500m 1050m 1250m

(1449m — 2149m)

11
11
36
clear
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1799 m
2400m 2200m 1150m 900m 900m

(1259m — 1679m)

1
16
11
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1469 m
2400m 2800m 2150m 1200m 1500m

(1086m — 2000m)

Mount Aspiring webcam
16
14
101
clear
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1543 m
2450m 1850m 1000m 650m 550m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
12
10
37
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1740 m
2350m 2350m 1200m 950m 900m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
102
80

Excellent
Best up high
10 cm
5 days ago
Overcast skies // 20 Sep
35
10
11
clear
cloudy
heavy snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1902 m
2450m 2200m 1050m 850m 1000m

(1438m — 2086m)

22
9
8
clear
cloudy
heavy snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1762 m
2350m 2300m 1100m 900m 1050m

(1400m — 1750m)

7
10
8
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1575 m
2200m 2700m 1550m 1100m 1450m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 2 days ago

228
28

Good
Best up high
8 cm
5 days ago
12
10
39
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
Mid station 1871 m
2400m 2350m 1200m 950m 900m

(1160m — 2231m)

11
33
147
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1696 m
2450m 2050m 1250m 850m 800m

(1425m — 1825m)

36
8
31
clear
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
2450m 2150m 1150m 650m 750m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
13
9
19
clear
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
clear
Mid station 1645 m
2400m 2350m 1150m 950m 1000m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 2 days ago

120
80
Spring snow
Best up high
10 cm
19 days ago
1
6
31
clear
clear
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
2350m 2800m 1600m 1050m 1100m

(1586m — 1943m)

10
18
31
clear
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1764 m
2400m 1950m 950m 800m 650m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 9 days ago

5 cm
11 days ago
28
11
24
clear
cloudy
heavy snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1742 m
2450m 2200m 1150m 800m 850m

(1550m — 1800m)

13
7
20
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
2400m 2000m 1000m 850m 750m

(1420m — 1530m)

11
7
16
clear
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1475 m
2400m 2000m 1000m 850m 750m

(1425m — 1929m)

9
14
22
clear
clear
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1677 m
2300m 2250m 1450m 700m 1100m

(1493m — 1923m)

7
12
99
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1708 m
2350m 2200m 1250m 900m 800m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 2 days ago

213
165

Excellent
Best up high
60 cm
5 days ago
19
10
54
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
2450m 2000m 1000m 700m 650m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
3
31
22
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1785 m
2200m 2700m 2350m 1300m 1450m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 2 days ago

316
179
Spring snow
Spring snow
15 cm
16 days ago
5
34
30
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
2250m 2700m 2300m 1250m 1450m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 2 days ago

327
100
Spring snow
Spring snow
10 cm
19 days ago
6
35
34
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
2250m 2700m 2300m 1300m 1450m

(1737m — 2165m)

5
28
79
clear
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
2350m 2150m 1350m 600m 1100m