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 Much of New Zealand continued to see fantastic conditions, with moderate to large snowfall reported over many resorts, including 33 cm over Tremble Cone (110/139cm), and 20cm over resorts close to Queenstown. Base depths are continuing to rise over many resorts, with good coverage and excellent off piste conditions available. More fresh snow is forecast over many resorts this coming week, with the potential for up to 50cm more of snowfall over the coming days.

On the North Island the conditions were notably less promising for Turoa (75/174cm) and Whakapapa (88/138cm). Heavy cloud, wind and ice on the lift systems is hampering operations, as well as preparations to open larger portions of the mountain, with several lifts and sectors still yet to open for the season.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 32resorts. Powder is reported at 4 resorts and 10 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

All resorts

Best powder (4)Best piste conditions (10)

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)
Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat

(1564m — 2222m)

6
6
23
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1893 m
900m 1050m 1400m 1400m 1600m

(2839m — 3754m)

13
109
54
clear
cloudy
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 3296 m
1050m 1050m 1100m 1100m 1450m

(1463m — 1737m)

4
2
25
partly cloudy
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
950m 1050m 1450m 1500m 1850m

(1400m — 1820m)

11
1
15
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1610 m
1000m 1100m 1400m 1350m 1650m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 2 days ago

Cardrona webcam
235
60
powder 5 cm
on 16 Aug
3
6
9
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1594 m
850m 1100m 1300m 1300m 1550m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report yesterday

95
45

Fresh

Fresh
3 cm
yesterday
3
3
4
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
900m 1100m 1250m 1250m 1550m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 7 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
90
20

Good

Varied
9 days ago
12
6
16
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1672 m
1000m 1100m 1400m 1350m 1600m

(1170m — 1851m)

Fox Peak webcam
5
20
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1510 m
900m 1050m 1400m 1400m 1600m

(1434m — 1774m)

24
4
moderate snow
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1604 m
950m 1100m 1500m 1450m 1850m

(1449m — 2149m)

2
13
21
snow showers
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1799 m
850m 1050m 1300m 1200m 1500m

(1259m — 1679m)

8
2
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1469 m
1550m 1600m 1800m 1600m 1850m

(1086m — 2000m)

Mount Aspiring webcam
13
50
22
clear
cloudy
snow showers
heavy snow
light snow
Mid station 1543 m
1100m 1100m 1150m 1200m 1400m

(1634m — 1845m)

Mount Cheeseman webcam
12
9
16
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1740 m
950m 1100m 1450m 1400m 1700m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Dobson webcam
62
48

Fresh

Fresh
5 cm
yesterday
4
5
17
cloudy
partly cloudy
snow showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1902 m
900m 1050m 1500m 1600m 1800m

(1438m — 2086m)

25
19
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1762 m
950m 1050m 1600m 1700m 1900m

(1400m — 1750m)

27
1
moderate snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1575 m
1000m 1150m 1650m 1650m 2050m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

100
10

Good

Varied
3 cm
yesterday
11
14
19
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1871 m
950m 1100m 1450m 1400m 1650m

(1160m — 2231m)

15
53
32
partly cloudy
cloudy
snow showers
moderate snow
moderate snow
Mid station 1696 m
1100m 1050m 1150m 1100m 1450m

(1425m — 1825m)

3
7
18
clear
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1625 m
900m 1000m 1250m 1250m 1450m

(1310m — 1980m)

Porters webcam
13
14
light snow
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1645 m
950m 1100m 1550m 1500m 1750m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

80
57
Powder
Powder
20 cm
yesterday
23
13
light snow
light snow
snow showers
snow showers
snow showers
Mid station 1650 m
1100m 1200m 1250m 1150m 1400m

(1586m — 1943m)

4
5
8
clear
partly cloudy
snow showers
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1764 m
900m 1100m 1300m 1250m 1500m

(1350m — 2133m)

5
5
25
light snow
partly cloudy
snow showers
snow showers
partly cloudy
Mid station 1742 m
900m 1050m 1300m 1300m 1550m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 29 days ago

95
62
fresh on 11 Sep
3
5
9
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
900m 1100m 1300m 1350m 1600m

(1420m — 1530m)

2
3
9
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
900m 1100m 1300m 1350m 1600m

(1425m — 1929m)

4
4
11
clear
clear
light snow
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1677 m
900m 950m 1250m 1250m 1400m

(1493m — 1923m)

10
27
22
light snow
cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1708 m
1050m 1150m 1150m 1100m 1500m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report yesterday

139
110

Excellent

Powder
33 cm
3 days ago
9
21
16
clear
cloudy
snow showers
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1610 m
900m 1100m 1200m 1250m 1500m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
7
4
10
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1785 m
1500m 1550m 1700m 1500m 1700m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report yesterday

174
75

Fresh

Varied
4 cm
yesterday
7
2
12
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
Mid station 1962 m
1500m 1500m 1700m 1500m 1700m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report yesterday

138
88

Fresh
Best up high
6 cm
yesterday
7
3
15
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
Mid station 1962 m
1500m 1550m 1700m 1500m 1700m

(1737m — 2165m)

13
31
28
clear
clear
moderate snow
partly cloudy
light snow
Mid station 1951 m
900m 1050m 1200m 1200m 1350m