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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snow depth
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on-piste
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off-piste
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Freezing level (m)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 4 days ago

11 cm
4 days ago
19
11
17
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1893 m
1950m 1650m 1950m 1750m 1100m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 4 days ago

28 cm
4 days ago
65
67
68
light snow
heavy snow
clear
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 3296 m
1900m 2050m 1750m 1400m 950m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 5 days ago

3 cm
5 days ago
4
3
7
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1600 m
1850m 1600m 2150m 1900m 1150m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 4 days ago

5 cm
4 days ago
12
16
26
light rain
heavy rain
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
2000m 2100m 2150m 1850m 1150m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report today

Cardrona webcam
110
35
Spring snow 6 cm
4 days ago
8
13
14
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1594 m
1900m 1600m 1800m 1450m 900m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 248 days 5 cm
3 days ago
7
20
18
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
1850m 1700m 1800m 1350m 800m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 4 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
5 cm
4 days ago
21
19
27
light snow
heavy rain
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1672 m
2050m 2100m 2150m 1850m 1150m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 4 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
10 cm
4 days ago
18
6
10
light rain
heavy snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1510 m
1950m 1600m 1950m 1800m 1100m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
3
22
light rain
moderate rain
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1604 m
2350m 2450m 2100m 2200m 1300m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 4 days ago

9 cm
4 days ago
44
30
34
light snow
heavy snow
cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1799 m
1950m 1800m 1900m 1600m 1000m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 13 days ago

10 cm
13 days ago
8
8
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1469 m
2750m 2650m 2600m 2400m 1650m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Aspiring webcam
8 cm
2 days ago
24
81
37
light snow
heavy snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1543 m
1700m 1850m 1700m 1400m 800m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
25
16
27
light snow
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1740 m
2000m 2100m 2150m 1900m 1150m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 4 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 262 days 10 cm
4 days ago
14
6
12
light snow
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1902 m
1950m 1600m 2100m 1900m 1200m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 234 days 1 cm
yesterday
14
6
17
light snow
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1762 m
2000m 1950m 2200m 2000m 1350m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 262 days 2 cm
4 days ago
1
15
rain showers
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1575 m
2350m 2450m 2200m 2250m 1500m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 4 days ago

6 cm
4 days ago
26
18
34
light snow
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1871 m
2000m 2050m 2100m 1850m 1150m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 4 days ago

23 cm
4 days ago
12
59
59
light snow
heavy rain
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1696 m
1900m 2150m 1750m 1450m 1000m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 4 days ago

14 cm
4 days ago
20
25
25
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1625 m
1900m 1550m 1800m 1500m 900m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report yesterday

Porters webcam
1 cm
yesterday
20
11
25
light rain
moderate snow
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1645 m
2000m 2050m 2150m 1950m 1200m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
6
12
17
light rain
heavy rain
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
2450m 2350m 2150m 2000m 1150m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 234 days 5 cm
3 days ago
6
19
27
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1764 m
1850m 1700m 1850m 1400m 800m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 4 days ago

9 cm
4 days ago
23
15
21
light snow
heavy snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1742 m
1950m 1650m 1900m 1650m 1050m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 4 days ago

6 cm
4 days ago
8
10
13
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1675 m
1900m 1650m 1850m 1500m 900m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 4 days ago

6 cm
4 days ago
7
10
11
rain showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1475 m
1900m 1600m 1850m 1450m 900m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 3 days ago

7 cm
3 days ago
9
16
17
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1677 m
1900m 1600m 1800m 1400m 850m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 283 days 4 cm
3 days ago
20
34
40
light snow
heavy rain
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1708 m
2050m 2100m 2000m 1600m 1100m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 248 days 10 cm
3 days ago
18
39
21
light snow
moderate snow
rain showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
1800m 1550m 1750m 1350m 850m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

Tukino webcam
4 cm
yesterday
11
28
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1785 m
2650m 2750m 2600m 2450m 1550m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report today

280
65
Spring snow 4 cm
yesterday
1
12
31
partly cloudy
cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1962 m
2600m 2750m 2600m 2450m 1550m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report today

303
92
Spring snow 5 cm
yesterday
1
13
30
partly cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
Mid station 1962 m
2650m 2750m 2600m 2450m 1600m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
28
74
33
light snow
heavy snow
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
1750m 1700m 1750m 1350m 850m