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 In more unseasonal weather, there was a fresh round of snow over some of our New Zealand ski resorts. Highlights include 15cm over Cadrona (75/150cm), while smaller amounts were recorded over Mt Hutt (60/120cm) and Rainbow (68/103cm). Other resorts still operational continued to benefit both from recent snowfall and a great season snow wise generally.

With the snow on the ground, there should be plenty of skiing on offer for the remaining week or two of the season. Porter Heights (50/90cm) was temporarily closed on Monday 24th due to limited visibility. Mount Dobson, Treble Cone and Mt Lyford were closed for the season.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 32resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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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)
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

(1564m — 2222m)

53
16
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1893 m
950m 1300m 1650m 2100m 2600m

(2839m — 3754m)

46
8
21
light snow
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 3296 m
1150m 1450m 1700m 2200m 2650m

(1463m — 1737m)

66
5
light snow
heavy snow
cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
1000m 1500m 1700m 2100m 2500m

(1400m — 1820m)

33
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
1100m 1300m 1700m 2200m 2700m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 3 days ago

Cardrona webcam
68
moderate snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1594 m
1050m 1400m 1750m 2250m 2500m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 21 days ago

50
moderate snow
light snow
clear
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1418 m
1050m 1350m 1800m 2250m 2500m

(1422m — 1922m)

Craigieburn webcam
35
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1672 m
1100m 1300m 1700m 2200m 2700m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
43
moderate snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1510 m
950m 1250m 1650m 2100m 2600m

(1434m — 1774m)

11
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
cloudy
Mid station 1604 m
1200m 1300m 1750m 2150m 2750m

(1449m — 2149m)

32
2
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
clear
Mid station 1799 m
950m 1400m 1650m 2150m 2650m

(1259m — 1679m)

14
snow showers
snow showers
heavy rain
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1469 m
1600m 1500m 1800m 2350m 3050m

(1086m — 2000m)

Mount Aspiring webcam
23
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1543 m
1100m 1350m 1750m 2250m 2600m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
34
1
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1740 m
1100m 1300m 1700m 2200m 2700m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 21 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
51
14
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1902 m
950m 1250m 1650m 2150m 2600m

(1438m — 2086m)

52
5
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
thunderstorm
rain showers
Mid station 1762 m
1000m 1400m 1700m 2200m 2650m

(1400m — 1750m)

4
light snow
light snow
moderate rain
rain showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1575 m
1200m 1400m 1800m 2150m 2750m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 21 days ago

35
8
light snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1871 m
1100m 1300m 1650m 2200m 2650m

(1160m — 2231m)

41
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
1200m 1500m 1700m 2250m 2650m

(1425m — 1825m)

51
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1625 m
1000m 1200m 1700m 2200m 2550m

(1310m — 1980m)

30
light snow
light snow
light snow
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1645 m
1050m 1350m 1700m 2200m 2650m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 21 days ago

16
moderate snow
light snow
thunderstorm
light rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
1250m 1300m 1550m 2200m 2800m

(1586m — 1943m)

77
moderate snow
moderate snow
snow showers
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1764 m
1050m 1400m 1800m 2250m 2500m

(1350m — 2133m)

46
4
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
rain showers
rain showers
Mid station 1742 m
950m 1250m 1650m 2150m 2600m

(1550m — 1800m)

67
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1675 m
1050m 1450m 1750m 2250m 2500m

(1420m — 1530m)

51
light snow
moderate snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1475 m
1050m 1450m 1750m 2250m 2500m

(1425m — 1929m)

58
heavy snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1677 m
1150m 1550m 1950m 2350m 2650m

(1493m — 1923m)

43
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1708 m
1150m 1350m 1650m 2250m 2700m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 21 days ago

opens in 215 days
49
moderate snow
light snow
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1610 m
1000m 1200m 1750m 2250m 2550m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
14
6
light snow
light snow
light snow
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1785 m
1650m 1500m 1750m 2400m 2950m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 21 days ago

opens in 215 days
15
10
light snow
light snow
light snow
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
1650m 1450m 1800m 2450m 3000m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 21 days ago

opens in 194 days
15
11
light snow
light snow
light snow
thunderstorm
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
1650m 1450m 1750m 2450m 2950m

(1737m — 2165m)

33
3
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
moderate rain
Mid station 1951 m
1150m 1500m 2000m 2450m 2700m