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 The dry spell at most of New Zealand's ski areas has continued to a large extent causing a delayed opening date for most. More than half of the country's areas remain closed, including a few of the bigger centres like Treble Cone; however, the number that are open has grown, from last week, to nine. The picture isn't that bad at those areas that are already open.

There were good snowfalls on the South Island a month ago to get bases started and the larger centres have extensive snow-making capacity to top things up during the cold nights. There has also been some fresh snow with The Remarkables (35/80cm) reporting a 9cm snowfall at the end of last week. For Turoa (20/80cm), on the North Island, the total was bigger with 20cm of snowfall over the weekend greatly boosting the base there. In a few isolated areas it has actually been dumping down even more heavily. Mt Lyford reported a 40cm snowfall on Friday/Saturday and opened for its 2019 season on Sunday.

Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in New Zealand. Fresh snow is forecast at 2 resorts. Powder is reported at 1 resorts and 1 are reporting good piste conditions.

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Recent Eyeball Snow Reports for New Zealand

All resorts

Best powder (1)Best piste conditions (1)

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)
Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon

(1564m — 2222m)

snow report yesterday

9 cm
yesterday
33
11
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1893 m
1150m 1500m 1550m 1600m 1650m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report yesterday

39 cm
yesterday
59
7
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 3296 m
1200m 1600m 1600m 1750m 1800m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
28
4
cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1600 m
1300m 1600m 1650m 1700m 1750m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report yesterday

19 cm
yesterday
28
9
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1610 m
1300m 1600m 1550m 1600m 1700m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report today

Cardrona webcam
78
22
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
11
2
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1594 m
1000m 1450m 1600m 1800m 1850m

(1187m — 1649m)

snow report today

70
17
Packed powder or groomed snow 2 cm
yesterday
6
2
snow showers
cloudy
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1418 m
1000m 1450m 1600m 1800m 1900m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report yesterday

Craigieburn webcam
19 cm
yesterday
29
10
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1672 m
1300m 1600m 1550m 1600m 1700m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report yesterday

Fox Peak webcam
8 cm
yesterday
26
9
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1510 m
1150m 1500m 1550m 1600m 1650m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 2 days ago

8 cm
2 days ago
12
6
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1604 m
1450m 1800m 1550m 1500m 1600m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report yesterday

27 cm
yesterday
36
11
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1799 m
1250m 1500m 1500m 1500m 1550m

(1259m — 1679m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
yesterday
5
light snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1469 m
1650m 1900m 1650m 1850m 2050m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report yesterday

Mount Aspiring webcam
23 cm
yesterday
23
1
4
moderate snow
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1543 m
1150m 1500m 1600m 1850m 1850m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report yesterday

19 cm
yesterday
30
11
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1740 m
1300m 1600m 1550m 1600m 1700m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report today

Mount Dobson webcam
42
26
Packed powder or groomed snow 6 cm
yesterday
31
10
light snow
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1902 m
1350m 1550m 1600m 1600m 1700m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report today

78
35
Packed powder or groomed snow 5 cm
yesterday
20
9
partly cloudy
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1762 m
1500m 1600m 1650m 1600m 1700m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report today

60
10
Packed powder or groomed snow 4 cm
2 days ago
12
5
partly cloudy
light snow
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
Mid station 1575 m
1650m 1900m 1600m 1500m 1600m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report yesterday

21 cm
yesterday
34
10
snow showers
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1871 m
1300m 1600m 1550m 1600m 1650m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report yesterday

37 cm
yesterday
38
2
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1696 m
1250m 1700m 1700m 1800m 1850m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report yesterday

17 cm
yesterday
21
4
snow showers
light snow
light snow
cloudy
clear
Mid station 1625 m
1050m 1400m 1500m 1650m 1800m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report yesterday

Porters webcam
15 cm
yesterday
26
10
partly cloudy
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1645 m
1350m 1600m 1600m 1600m 1700m

(1540m — 1760m)

snow report yesterday

25 cm
yesterday
20
cloudy
light snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1650 m
1200m 1650m 1550m 1550m 1750m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report today

80
35

Fresh

Fresh
20 cm
3 days ago
11
2
cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1764 m
1050m 1450m 1600m 1850m 1950m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report yesterday

13 cm
yesterday
33
11
snow showers
light snow
light snow
light snow
clear
Mid station 1742 m
1150m 1450m 1500m 1600m 1650m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report yesterday

4 cm
yesterday
12
2
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1675 m
1050m 1450m 1600m 1800m 1850m

(1420m — 1530m)

snow report yesterday

2 cm
yesterday
10
2
partly cloudy
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1475 m
1050m 1450m 1600m 1800m 1850m

(1425m — 1929m)

snow report yesterday

3 cm
yesterday
11
2
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1677 m
1000m 1450m 1600m 1800m 1850m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 2 days 33 cm
yesterday
32
7
light snow
light snow
moderate snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1708 m
1250m 1600m 1500m 1600m 1700m

(1260m — 1960m)

snow report today

60
29
Packed powder or groomed snow 11 cm
yesterday
15
2
1
snow showers
cloudy
light snow
cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1610 m
1050m 1400m 1550m 1700m 1850m

(1660m — 1910m)

snow report yesterday

Tukino webcam
23 cm
yesterday
14
1
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1785 m
1550m 1900m 1550m 1800m 1950m

(1602m — 2322m)

snow report today

85
15
Packed powder or groomed snow 23 cm
yesterday
13
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1962 m
1550m 1950m 1550m 1800m 2000m

(1625m — 2300m)

snow report today

32
25
Packed powder or groomed snow 24 cm
yesterday
15
1
light snow
moderate snow
light snow
snow showers
clear
Mid station 1962 m
1500m 1900m 1500m 1800m 2000m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report yesterday

20 cm
yesterday
26
2
3
moderate snow
light snow
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1951 m
1150m 1450m 1550m 1750m 1850m