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 14 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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Next 9 Days
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Weather Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
16
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
2000m 1850m 2400m 1900m 1500m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report yesterday

84 cm
yesterday
2
11
2
snow showers
cloudy
cloudy
moderate snow
clear
Mid station 3296 m
1750m 2000m 2100m 2150m 2150m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 25 days ago

12 cm
25 days ago
3
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
1600m 1550m 2250m 1900m 1300m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 19 days ago

1 cm
19 days ago
9
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
2050m 1950m 2400m 2200m 1550m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 2 days ago

Cardrona webcam
opens in 97 days 19 cm
2 days ago
1
rain showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1594 m
1900m 1850m 2300m 1800m 1300m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 104 days 26 cm
2 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
1850m 1700m 2300m 1750m 1350m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report yesterday

Craigieburn webcam
1 cm
yesterday
9
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1672 m
2050m 1950m 2400m 2200m 1550m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
11
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
light snow
Mid station 1510 m
2000m 1850m 2400m 1900m 1450m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 19 days ago

2 cm
19 days ago
4
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1604 m
2200m 2350m 2650m 2750m 1700m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report yesterday

5 cm
yesterday
14
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
cloudy
Mid station 1799 m
2050m 1950m 2450m 1900m 1500m

(1631m — 2080m)

snow report yesterday

53 cm
yesterday
7
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1856 m
1900m 1650m 2050m 1850m 1550m

(1259m — 1679m)

thunderstorm
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
rain showers
Mid station 1469 m
2150m 3300m 3400m 3150m 2450m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

58 cm
yesterday
rain showers
partly cloudy
light rain
heavy rain
clear
Mid station 1543 m
1950m 2200m 2050m 2150m 2100m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
9
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1740 m
2050m 1950m 2450m 2150m 1500m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 20 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 117 days 1 cm
20 days ago
15
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
cloudy
Mid station 1902 m
1950m 1950m 2400m 1950m 1400m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 19 days ago

opens in 118 days 2 cm
19 days ago
4
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
light snow
Mid station 1575 m
2150m 2250m 2650m 2800m 1700m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
11
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
cloudy
Mid station 1871 m
2050m 1950m 2400m 2150m 1550m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

22 cm
yesterday
1
1
light snow
cloudy
cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1696 m
1800m 2100m 2150m 2150m 2200m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report 19 days ago

opens in 96 days 3 cm
19 days ago
13
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1743 m
1850m 1850m 2500m 2050m 1450m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 2 days ago

18 cm
2 days ago
1
rain showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
2000m 1900m 2150m 2000m 1500m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 19 days ago

1 cm
19 days ago
9
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
light snow
Mid station 1645 m
2000m 1900m 2450m 2100m 1450m

(1540m — 1760m)

rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
2050m 3100m 2900m 2900m 2200m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 104 days 18 cm
2 days ago
6
snow showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1709 m
1800m 1600m 2300m 1700m 1250m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
10
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
cloudy
Mid station 1742 m
2000m 1850m 2400m 1950m 1600m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 2 days ago

16 cm
2 days ago
6
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
1900m 1900m 2300m 1800m 1300m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 2 days ago

17 cm
2 days ago
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
1900m 1900m 2300m 1800m 1300m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 2 days ago

23 cm
2 days ago
6
rain showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1677 m
1900m 1850m 2300m 1800m 1300m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 139 days 6 cm
yesterday
4
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
moderate rain
cloudy
Mid station 1708 m
2050m 2250m 2400m 2200m 1900m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 111 days 46 cm
yesterday
rain showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
heavy rain
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
1950m 1850m 2200m 1900m 1350m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1785 m
2250m 3200m 3200m 3000m 2500m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 110 days
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1962 m
2200m 3050m 3250m 2950m 2500m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 110 days
snow showers
partly cloudy
clear
light rain
thunderstorm
Mid station 1962 m
2200m 3150m 3250m 2950m 2500m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report yesterday

66 cm
yesterday
8
rain showers
partly cloudy
cloudy
moderate snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1951 m
2000m 2100m 2100m 2000m 1550m