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 REPORT It is now about four weeks until the start of New Zealand's ski seas and after the recent snowy periods temperatures have been warming up a little with precipitation in recent days falling more as rain than snow. Mt Hutt, due to be one of the first to open in the country next month, has been reporting temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees above freezing over the past few days.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand.

Fresh snow is forecast at 14 resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

All resorts

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 2 days ago

12 cm
2 days ago
27
clear
cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1893 m
2000m 2750m 1400m 1300m 1050m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 2 days ago

105 cm
2 days ago
20
100
11
clear
snow showers
clear
heavy snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3296 m
1400m 1300m 1250m 1300m 1000m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 cm
2 days ago
1
13
clear
cloudy
cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1600 m
2050m 2700m 1350m 1150m 1150m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
28
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
1550m 2800m 1650m 1700m 1350m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 2 days ago

Cardrona webcam
opens in 30 days 7 cm
2 days ago
9
30
1
clear
cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1594 m
2250m 2300m 1350m 1050m 550m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 30 days 6 cm
2 days ago
6
28
1
clear
rain showers
snow showers
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1418 m
2350m 2400m 1300m 1050m 450m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report yesterday

Craigieburn webcam
15 cm
yesterday
29
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1672 m
1500m 2800m 1650m 1700m 1350m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 2 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
10 cm
2 days ago
24
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1510 m
2000m 2750m 1350m 1300m 1100m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report yesterday

19 cm
yesterday
6
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
rain showers
snow showers
Mid station 1604 m
750m 2450m 1900m 2050m 1700m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 2 days ago

9 cm
2 days ago
48
2
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1799 m
1750m 2450m 1400m 1400m 1050m

(1631m — 2080m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
19
57
12
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1856 m
2100m 1650m 1200m 900m 600m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
1
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
1200m 2700m 2650m 2450m 1900m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

3 cm
2 days ago
4
55
8
clear
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1543 m
1550m 1300m 1150m 1150m 750m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report yesterday

14 cm
yesterday
26
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1740 m
1600m 2850m 1650m 1700m 1350m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 50 days 14 cm
2 days ago
21
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 1902 m
2050m 2750m 1350m 1200m 1350m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 51 days 18 cm
yesterday
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1575 m
900m 2500m 1900m 2100m 1850m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

14 cm
yesterday
28
1
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1871 m
1650m 2850m 1650m 1700m 1300m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 2 days ago

2 cm
2 days ago
2
74
7
clear
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1696 m
1300m 1250m 1250m 1300m 1050m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 29 days 13 cm
yesterday
5
clear
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1743 m
1700m 2900m 1550m 1650m 1550m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 2 days ago

8 cm
2 days ago
2
64
3
clear
snow showers
partly cloudy
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
2050m 2200m 1300m 1100m 950m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
20
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
snow showers
Mid station 1645 m
1650m 2850m 1650m 1750m 1400m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

7 cm
yesterday
1
17
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1650 m
600m 1800m 1900m 1900m 1450m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 44 days 9 cm
2 days ago
10
26
3
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1709 m
2350m 2300m 1300m 1050m 350m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 2 days ago

12 cm
2 days ago
35
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy snow
snow showers
Mid station 1742 m
1950m 2600m 1350m 1300m 1000m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 2 days ago

8 cm
2 days ago
8
29
1
clear
cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1675 m
2250m 2300m 1350m 1050m 600m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 2 days ago

7 cm
2 days ago
4
27
clear
cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1475 m
2250m 2300m 1350m 1050m 600m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 2 days ago

8 cm
2 days ago
10
34
1
clear
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
Mid station 1677 m
2300m 2350m 1350m 1050m 550m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 72 days 11 cm
yesterday
1
49
2
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
heavy snow
heavy snow
Mid station 1708 m
1750m 2600m 1600m 1550m 1200m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 44 days 7 cm
2 days ago
13
49
3
clear
snow showers
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
2250m 1800m 1250m 1100m 750m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

Tukino webcam
5 cm
yesterday
1
8
1
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1785 m
1100m 2100m 2750m 2600m 2000m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 43 days 4 cm
yesterday
1
14
1
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1962 m
1150m 2350m 2700m 2600m 1950m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 23 days 4 cm
yesterday
1
15
1
clear
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
snow showers
Mid station 1962 m
1150m 2350m 2700m 2500m 2000m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 2 days ago

6 cm
2 days ago
18
61
13
clear
light snow
light snow
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
1950m 1350m 1150m 1150m 800m