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 New Zealand has had a fairly dry week but it has also stayed moderately cold, especially upon higher slopes, dropping well below freezing overnight most nights, so snow-making systems have been able to fire up at times. The delayed start to the ski season here, and probably for the whole Southern Hemisphere, is only a little over a week away now with Mt Hutt expected to open on 12th June, a week later than its originally planned 5th June opening day.

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)
Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
1
6
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1893 m
0m 500m 1200m 1350m 1700m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
6
8
9
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 3296 m
0m 750m 1000m 1150m 1300m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 3 days ago

4 cm
3 days ago
3
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1600 m
0m 550m 1300m 1350m 1900m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
3
9
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
0m 600m 1150m 1300m 1550m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

Cardrona webcam
opens in 19 days 8 cm
yesterday
1
1
3
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1594 m
0m 300m 850m 1100m 1400m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 19 days 8 cm
yesterday
3
3
4
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
0m 300m 850m 1000m 1400m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report yesterday

Craigieburn webcam
1 cm
yesterday
2
3
10
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1672 m
0m 600m 1150m 1300m 1550m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report yesterday

Fox Peak webcam
2 cm
yesterday
6
light snow
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1510 m
0m 500m 1200m 1300m 1700m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 2 days ago

14 cm
2 days ago
4
16
heavy snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1604 m
0m 800m 1350m 1450m 2000m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
1
3
6
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1799 m
0m 600m 1150m 1200m 1500m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report 33 days ago

10 cm
33 days ago
2
1
2
rain showers
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1469 m
1100m 1150m 1500m 1600m 1800m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
12
6
13
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1543 m
0m 500m 1000m 1100m 1300m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
1
2
9
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1740 m
0m 600m 1200m 1350m 1600m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 26 days 3 cm
yesterday
6
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1902 m
0m 600m 1350m 1400m 1800m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 27 days 11 cm
3 days ago
2
15
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1575 m
300m 800m 1500m 1550m 2000m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

1 cm
yesterday
2
7
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1871 m
0m 600m 1150m 1350m 1550m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
7
7
10
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
light snow
Mid station 1696 m
250m 750m 1000m 1200m 1350m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 5 days 1 cm
yesterday
12
moderate snow
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1743 m
0m 650m 1500m 1600m 1950m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report yesterday

6 cm
yesterday
1
1
4
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
0m 550m 1000m 1150m 1350m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 3 days ago

Porters webcam
18 cm
3 days ago
1
1
10
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1645 m
0m 550m 1250m 1400m 1650m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 3 days ago

10 cm
3 days ago
1
6
light snow
snow showers
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
350m 950m 1100m 1200m 1500m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 27 days 10 cm
yesterday
3
3
5
snow showers
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1709 m
0m 300m 850m 1050m 1400m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 20 days 3 cm
yesterday
1
5
light snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1742 m
0m 550m 1050m 1200m 1600m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

8 cm
yesterday
2
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1675 m
0m 350m 900m 1150m 1450m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report yesterday

7 cm
yesterday
1
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1475 m
0m 350m 900m 1150m 1450m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report yesterday

8 cm
yesterday
1
1
3
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1677 m
0m 300m 850m 1100m 1450m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 48 days 1 cm
yesterday
3
6
8
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
light snow
Mid station 1708 m
0m 800m 1100m 1250m 1350m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 20 days 10 cm
yesterday
5
3
7
snow showers
snow showers
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
0m 350m 950m 1050m 1350m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 3 days ago

Tukino webcam
1 cm
3 days ago
5
6
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1785 m
950m 1150m 1450m 1500m 1700m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 20 days 3 cm
3 days ago
3
5
cloudy
clear
clear
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1962 m
1000m 1150m 1450m 1500m 1700m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report 3 days ago

opens in 13 days 2 cm
3 days ago
3
5
cloudy
clear
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1962 m
1100m 1150m 1450m 1500m 1650m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report yesterday

12 cm
yesterday
9
4
11
light snow
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
0m 500m 1000m 1050m 1300m