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.

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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
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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
34
4
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1893 m
2500m 2450m 2250m 2100m 1150m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report yesterday

11 cm
yesterday
110
99
25
light snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3296 m
2250m 2100m 2000m 1850m 1100m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 11 days ago

4 cm
11 days ago
7
10
rain showers
rain showers
clear
rain showers
moderate snow
Mid station 1600 m
2500m 2350m 2200m 2050m 1100m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 11 days ago

2 cm
11 days ago
28
3
light rain
light rain
rain showers
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
2650m 2400m 2250m 2050m 1300m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 11 days ago

Cardrona webcam
opens in 5 days 3 cm
11 days ago
11
14
light rain
rain showers
light rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1594 m
2350m 2200m 1900m 1750m 950m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 19 days 4 cm
11 days ago
12
14
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
2300m 2150m 1800m 1650m 900m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 11 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
2 cm
11 days ago
28
3
light rain
light rain
rain showers
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1672 m
2650m 2400m 2200m 2050m 1300m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 15 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
2 cm
15 days ago
24
3
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1510 m
2500m 2450m 2250m 2100m 1150m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 11 days ago

4 cm
11 days ago
18
4
partly cloudy
moderate rain
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1604 m
2800m 2650m 2550m 2550m 1600m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
31
2
rain showers
light rain
moderate rain
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1799 m
2400m 2300m 2150m 2000m 1100m

(1259m — 1679m)

11
16
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
thunderstorm
snow showers
Mid station 1469 m
2950m 2600m 2300m 2600m 2100m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Aspiring webcam
10 cm
2 days ago
5
26
22
heavy rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
light snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1543 m
2250m 1900m 1850m 1600m 750m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 11 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
3 cm
11 days ago
36
3
light rain
light rain
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1740 m
2650m 2450m 2250m 2100m 1300m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 11 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 39 days 1 cm
11 days ago
24
3
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1902 m
2600m 2450m 2300m 2100m 1150m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 11 days 5 cm
11 days ago
41
4
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
moderate snow
Mid station 1762 m
2800m 2600m 2400m 2250m 1300m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 26 days 5 cm
11 days ago
16
4
cloudy
light rain
clear
rain showers
light snow
Mid station 1575 m
2850m 2700m 2700m 2750m 1650m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
37
3
light rain
light rain
rain showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1871 m
2650m 2400m 2250m 2050m 1300m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
13
34
23
heavy rain
heavy rain
thunderstorm
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1696 m
2300m 2100m 2000m 1900m 1100m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
2
25
9
rain showers
rain showers
heavy rain
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1625 m
2400m 2300m 1950m 1800m 1000m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 11 days ago

Porters webcam
2 cm
11 days ago
32
2
light rain
light rain
rain showers
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1645 m
2750m 2500m 2300m 2100m 1300m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
3
8
11
light rain
heavy rain
light rain
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
2550m 2450m 2100m 2250m 1550m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 12 days 10 cm
11 days ago
3
22
20
light rain
rain showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1764 m
2300m 2200m 1800m 1650m 900m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 11 days ago

1 cm
11 days ago
30
4
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1742 m
2400m 2350m 2200m 2050m 1100m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 11 days ago

2 cm
11 days ago
2
10
13
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
2350m 2200m 1950m 1750m 1000m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 11 days ago

2 cm
11 days ago
6
10
light rain
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
light snow
Mid station 1475 m
2350m 2200m 1950m 1750m 950m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 10 days ago

3 cm
10 days ago
1
13
17
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1677 m
2400m 2250m 2050m 2000m 1400m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 9 days ago

opens in 54 days 1 cm
9 days ago
1
28
9
light rain
light rain
heavy rain
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1708 m
2400m 2250m 2050m 2000m 1250m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 15 days ago

opens in 31 days 1 cm
15 days ago
2
22
16
moderate rain
heavy rain
heavy rain
light snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1610 m
2300m 2050m 1900m 1700m 850m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 11 days ago

Tukino webcam
1 cm
11 days ago
1
16
23
light rain
light rain
light rain
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1785 m
3050m 2750m 2350m 2650m 2150m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 33 days 1 cm
11 days ago
5
26
23
light rain
light rain
rain showers
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
3050m 2750m 2350m 2650m 2150m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 11 days ago

opens in 5 days 1 cm
11 days ago
5
18
25
light rain
moderate rain
light rain
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
3000m 2750m 2350m 2600m 2100m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
32
76
26
heavy rain
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
2300m 2200m 1900m 2000m 1350m