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

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Ski resorts of New Zealand, alphabetically

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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)

snow report 8 days ago

6 cm
8 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1893 m
3250m 3150m 2200m 2750m 4100m

(2839m — 3754m)

snow report 2 days ago

41 cm
2 days ago
5
clear
light snow
clear
clear
clear
Mid station 3296 m
2800m 3050m 2450m 2950m 3900m

(1463m — 1737m)

snow report 9 days ago

3 cm
9 days ago
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1600 m
3050m 2800m 1900m 2450m 3950m

(1400m — 1820m)

snow report 8 days ago

9 cm
8 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1610 m
3450m 3400m 2500m 3000m 4300m

(1294m — 1894m)

snow report 9 days ago

Cardrona webcam
1 cm
9 days ago
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1594 m
3000m 2650m 1850m 2600m 3950m

(1187m — 1649m)

opens in 144 days
partly cloudy
moderate rain
clear
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1418 m
2900m 2450m 1800m 2650m 3950m

(1422m — 1922m)

snow report 8 days ago

Craigieburn webcam
9 cm
8 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1672 m
3450m 3400m 2550m 3000m 4300m

(1170m — 1851m)

snow report 9 days ago

Fox Peak webcam
2 cm
9 days ago
clear
partly cloudy
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1510 m
3250m 3100m 2150m 2750m 4100m

(1434m — 1774m)

snow report 8 days ago

5 cm
8 days ago
clear
light rain
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1604 m
3600m 3700m 2800m 2800m 4150m

(1449m — 2149m)

snow report 9 days ago

2 cm
9 days ago
partly cloudy
light rain
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1799 m
3350m 3300m 2450m 2950m 4250m

(1259m — 1679m)

clear
clear
partly cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1469 m
4050m 4000m 3600m 3500m 4200m

(1086m — 2000m)

snow report 2 days ago

Mount Aspiring webcam
4 cm
2 days ago
light rain
light rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1543 m
2800m 2550m 2100m 2900m 3900m

(1634m — 1845m)

snow report 8 days ago

Mount Cheeseman webcam
11 cm
8 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1740 m
3450m 3400m 2450m 3000m 4300m

(1695m — 2110m)

snow report 21 days ago

Mount Dobson webcam
fresh 2 cm
on 23 Sep
Summer Days!! // 1 Jan
clear
partly cloudy
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1902 m
3250m 3150m 2100m 2700m 4050m

(1438m — 2086m)

snow report 8 days ago

opens in 136 days 15 cm
8 days ago
clear
rain showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1762 m
3350m 3300m 2000m 2800m 4150m

(1400m — 1750m)

snow report 8 days ago

opens in 151 days 6 cm
8 days ago
clear
light rain
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1575 m
3500m 3700m 2700m 2750m 4100m

(1646m — 2096m)

snow report 8 days ago

10 cm
8 days ago
partly cloudy
rain showers
cloudy
clear
clear
Mid station 1871 m
3450m 3400m 2450m 3000m 4300m

(1160m — 2231m)

snow report 3 days ago

3 cm
3 days ago
light rain
heavy rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1696 m
2800m 3100m 2500m 3000m 3850m

(1425m — 1825m)

snow report 9 days ago

2 cm
9 days ago
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1625 m
3000m 2950m 2050m 2650m 4100m

(1310m — 1980m)

snow report 8 days ago

13 cm
8 days ago
clear
rain showers
cloudy
partly cloudy
clear
Mid station 1645 m
3450m 3450m 2300m 2950m 4300m

(1540m — 1760m)

clear
moderate rain
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1650 m
3750m 3600m 2950m 3000m 4200m

(1586m — 1943m)

snow report yesterday

opens in 137 days 1 cm
yesterday
4
clear
light snow
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1764 m
2950m 2450m 1750m 2650m 3950m

(1350m — 2133m)

snow report 8 days ago

5 cm
8 days ago
clear
rain showers
light rain
rain showers
clear
Mid station 1742 m
3200m 3100m 2250m 2800m 4150m

(1550m — 1800m)

snow report 9 days ago

1 cm
9 days ago
clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1675 m
3000m 2700m 1850m 2600m 4000m

(1420m — 1530m)

clear
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1475 m
3000m 2700m 1850m 2600m 4000m

(1425m — 1929m)

partly cloudy
clear
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
Mid station 1677 m
3200m 2150m 2400m 3450m 4050m

(1493m — 1923m)

snow report 9 days ago

2 cm
9 days ago
light rain
heavy rain
partly cloudy
clear
partly cloudy
Mid station 1708 m
3400m 3250m 2700m 3050m 4250m

(1260m — 1960m)

opens in 151 days
rain showers
rain showers
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
rain showers
Mid station 1610 m
2900m 2650m 1950m 2700m 4000m

(1660m — 1910m)

Tukino webcam
clear
clear
thunderstorm
light rain
clear
Mid station 1785 m
4150m 4200m 3550m 3250m 3950m

(1602m — 2322m)

opens in 151 days
clear
clear
thunderstorm
light rain
clear
Mid station 1962 m
4100m 4150m 3550m 3300m 3950m

(1625m — 2300m)

opens in 130 days
clear
clear
thunderstorm
light rain
clear
Mid station 1962 m
4150m 4150m 3550m 3250m 3950m

(1737m — 2165m)

snow report 2 days ago

1 cm
2 days ago
light rain
clear
partly cloudy
partly cloudy
moderate rain
Mid station 1951 m
3000m 2400m 2550m 3550m 3900m