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 Closing day is starting to loom on the horizon for New Zealand's ski areas, although several on the North Island tend to stay open into the spring than anywhere else in the southern hemisphere. That said, Mt Hutt (55/255cm / 14/102") on the South Island, which was the first in the country to open for 2021 last June and still has the world's deepest snow depth at present on its upper slopes, has said it plans to stay open to 21st October this season too.

Treble Cone (60/114cm / 30/46"), which hasn't had the best of winters having to delay opening due to a lack of snow and then having to go through the lockdown with all New Zealand ski areas, reports it is planning a bonus long weekend opening from 1st-3rd October to make the most of what it says are great spring snow conditions. The resort is currently almost fully open with about 90% of its terrain skiable and it is open until Sunday. At the other end of the scale, Mt Dobson (95/215cm / 38/86") says this coming Sunday, the 26th of September, will be the final day for their 2021 season. As to the weather in the country over the past week it has been as it often is, very changeable. Last week saw periods of spring sunshine and thawing temperatures, along with periods of wet snowfall or rain. However, cold temperatures overnight have allowed areas to fire up the snowmaking guns and some have seen more mid-winter snowfall up high. There have also been lightning storms reported and some areas had closure days due to gale force winds, so a bit of everything. Mt Ruapehu has the most terrain open with 47km (29 miles) but that's divided between the separate areas of Whakapapa (52/178cm / 21/71") and Turoa (94/205cm / 37/82"), the former finally opening its famed Far West T and West Ridge Quad to access some sublime terrain in 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

Resort
snow depth
top and bottom

on-piste

off-piste

Last Snow

Next 9 Days
0–3 | 3–6 | 6–9
snow (cm)
Next 5 days weather forecast.
Freezing level (m)
Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report 3 days ago

22 cm
3 days ago
1
2
1
snow showers part cloud part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1893 m
1400m 1000m 1700m 2100m 2350m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 3 days ago

53 cm
3 days ago
15
2
16
light snow clear clear cloud part cloud
Mid station 3296 m
1050m 900m 1000m 1200m 1700m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 3 days ago

9 cm
3 days ago
2
1
2
part cloud clear part cloud part cloud light rain
Mid station 1600 m
1550m 750m 1850m 1850m 2100m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 2 days ago

17 cm
2 days ago
6
5
6
light snow snow showers part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1610 m
1250m 850m 1350m 1950m 2550m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

Cardrona webcam
83
35
Spring snow 39 cm
3 days ago
1
1
snow showers clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1594 m
1350m 800m 1700m 1700m 2150m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 4 days ago

opens in 262 days 37 cm
4 days ago
2
2
light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1418 m
1250m 600m 1700m 1750m 2150m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 2 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
20 cm
2 days ago
6
5
6
light snow snow showers part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1672 m
1200m 850m 1300m 1900m 2550m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 3 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
18 cm
3 days ago
1
2
1
rain showers clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1510 m
1400m 1050m 1700m 2100m 2350m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 2 days ago

15 cm
2 days ago
3
2
3
part cloud snow showers clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1604 m
1450m 950m 1600m 2500m 2650m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 3 days ago

27 cm
3 days ago
5
3
6
snow showers clear part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1799 m
1100m 1000m 1300m 1600m 2250m

(1631m — 2080m)

snow report 3 days ago

60 cm
3 days ago
8
8
light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1856 m
1200m 350m 1300m 1500m 2150m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
2
2
snow showers snow showers part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1469 m
1300m 1350m 1350m 3000m 3150m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 3 days ago

64 cm
3 days ago
12
12
light snow part cloud cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1543 m
1150m 400m 1200m 1300m 2050m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 2 days ago

18 cm
2 days ago
5
5
5
snow showers part cloud part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1740 m
1300m 850m 1400m 2050m 2550m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 3 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
opens in 275 days 16 cm
3 days ago
1
2
1
snow showers clear clear part cloud cloud
Mid station 1902 m
1650m 1000m 1850m 2150m 2350m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 2 days ago

opens in 276 days 18 cm
2 days ago
3
2
3
part cloud snow showers clear part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1575 m
1550m 900m 1850m 2600m 2650m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 2 days ago

19 cm
2 days ago
4
5
4
light snow part cloud part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1871 m
1300m 900m 1350m 2000m 2550m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 2 days ago

17 cm
2 days ago
18
18
mod snow part cloud light snow cloud part cloud
Mid station 1696 m
1150m 900m 1050m 1250m 1800m

(1400m — 2086m)

snow report yesterday

255
55
Packed powder or groomed snow 19 cm
2 days ago
5
3
5
clear part cloud clear cloud cloud
Mid station 1743 m
1700m 700m 1950m 2300m 2500m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 3 days ago

38 cm
3 days ago
3
1
3
light snow clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1625 m
1250m 1000m 1400m 1400m 2250m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 2 days ago

15 cm
2 days ago
4
4
4
snow showers part cloud part cloud cloud cloud
Mid station 1645 m
1400m 800m 1550m 2250m 2550m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 2 days ago

18 cm
2 days ago
4
2
4
light snow snow showers part cloud part cloud part cloud
Mid station 1650 m
1050m 1250m 1100m 2450m 2750m

(1475m — 1943m)

snow report yesterday

110
85
Packed powder or groomed snow 40 cm
3 days ago
3
3
light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1709 m
1250m 700m 1700m 1800m 2100m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 3 days ago

22 cm
3 days ago
1
2
1
snow showers clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1742 m
1300m 1050m 1550m 2000m 2350m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 3 days ago

37 cm
3 days ago
2
1
2
snow showers clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1675 m
1350m 850m 1750m 1700m 2150m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report 3 days ago

34 cm
3 days ago
snow showers clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1475 m
1350m 850m 1750m 1700m 2150m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report 3 days ago

45 cm
3 days ago
1
1
1
snow showers clear part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1677 m
1300m 750m 1700m 1750m 2150m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

260
30
Packed powder or groomed snow 33 cm
3 days ago
12
6
12
mod snow snow showers light snow cloud cloud
Mid station 1708 m
1150m 1000m 1000m 1300m 2450m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

158
70
Packed powder or groomed snow 55 cm
3 days ago
4
4
light snow part cloud part cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1610 m
1300m 450m 1400m 1500m 2200m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

Tukino webcam
12 cm
yesterday
5
5
snow showers light snow part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1785 m
1050m 1300m 1250m 2800m 3150m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

205
94
Packed powder or groomed snow 13 cm
yesterday
5
5
snow showers light snow part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1962 m
1150m 1250m 1250m 2750m 3150m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

167
34
Packed powder or groomed snow 12 cm
yesterday
5
5
snow showers light snow part cloud clear part cloud
Mid station 1962 m
1100m 1300m 1250m 2750m 3150m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 3 days ago

67 cm
3 days ago
10
10
light snow part cloud cloud part cloud cloud
Mid station 1951 m
1200m 550m 1250m 1400m 2100m