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 1resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 3 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Best piste conditions (3)

Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

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Resort Webcam Top
snow depth
top and bottom
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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)

26
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1893 m
2700m 3350m 3250m 3150m 3250m

(2839m — 3754m)

1
47
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 3296 m
2800m 3150m 2950m 3050m 3250m

(1463m — 1737m)

21
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1600 m
2650m 3150m 3100m 3050m 3200m

(1400m — 1820m)

39
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
2650m 3350m 3350m 3250m 3250m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report yesterday

Cardrona webcam
235
60
powder 62 days ago
13
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1594 m
2750m 3250m 3000m 3000m 3200m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report 2 days ago

2
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2800m 3150m 2950m 3000m 3200m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 19 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
100
30
fresh 1 cm
20 days ago
40
partly cloudy
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1672 m
2650m 3350m 3350m 3250m 3250m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 29 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
156
100
36 days ago
25
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1510 m
2700m 3350m 3250m 3150m 3200m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 24 days ago

110
50
69 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1604 m
2600m 3350m 3350m 3300m 3200m

(1449m — 2149m)

19
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1799 m
2750m 3350m 3300m 3150m 3250m

(1259m — 1679m)

clear
clear
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 1469 m
3050m 3150m 3300m 3450m 3400m

(1086m — 2000m)

Mount Aspiring webcam
4
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1543 m
2800m 3050m 2650m 2850m 3200m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 20 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
100
66
27 days ago
Summer is on the way // 27 Sep
38
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1740 m
2650m 3350m 3350m 3200m 3250m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
19
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
clear
rain showers
Mid station 1902 m
2750m 3300m 3200m 3150m 3200m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report 5 days ago

150
90
14 days ago
30
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1762 m
2600m 3300m 3300m 3150m 3250m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 25 days ago

210
180
35 days ago
clear and calm. // 22 Sep
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1575 m
2550m 3350m 3350m 3300m 3200m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 2 days ago

35
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1871 m
2650m 3350m 3350m 3200m 3250m

(1160m — 2231m)

1
rain showers
rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1696 m
2750m 3050m 2900m 3050m 3300m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 13 days ago

21 days ago
13
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1625 m
2850m 3300m 3150m 3150m 3200m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 12 days ago

21 days ago
31
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1645 m
2650m 3350m 3350m 3200m 3250m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report 2 days ago

rain showers
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
2900m 3350m 3400m 3350m 3200m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report 20 days ago

120
80
28 days ago
14
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1764 m
2750m 3200m 2950m 3000m 3200m

(1350m — 2133m)

24
partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
Mid station 1742 m
2750m 3350m 3250m 3150m 3200m

(1550m — 1800m)

13
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
2750m 3250m 3000m 3000m 3250m

(1420m — 1530m)

5
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
2750m 3250m 3000m 3000m 3250m

(1425m — 1929m)

13
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1677 m
2650m 2950m 3000m 2950m 3100m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 29 days ago

250
20
38 days ago
39
partly cloudy
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1708 m
2700m 3300m 3350m 3300m 3250m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report 2 days ago

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7
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
2800m 3200m 2950m 2950m 3200m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report 6 days ago

Tukino webcam
111
98
2 cm
8 days ago
Calm conditions // 11 Oct
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1785 m
2800m 3300m 3350m 3450m 3250m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

381
255
good 8 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
2800m 3300m 3350m 3450m 3250m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

390
236
hard 14 days ago
partly cloudy
clear
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1962 m
2800m 3300m 3350m 3450m 3250m

(1737m — 2165m)

15
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1951 m
2800m 3000m 2900m 2850m 3100m