New Zealand Ski Season Dates

What is the best time to ski in New Zealand?

Each ski field has its own season, dictated by the snow conditions and the staffing. These are the most up-to-date 2019 New Zealand ski season dates, which may change depending on snow conditions.

Ski Season Dates

In general, the ski season runs from June to mid-October, though this may vary widely depending on the ski field.

Keep an eye on this page for updates to the ski fields that have not yet announced their dates.

South Island Ski & Snow Season 2019

Wanaka Season Dates 2019

Cardrona Alpine Resort Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 1st

Closing date: October 20th

Treble Cone Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 27th

Closing date: September 22nd

Queenstown Season Dates 2019

The Remarkables Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 8th

Closing date: October 13th

Coronet Peak Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 15th

Closing date: September 29th

Canterbury Season Dates 2019

Mt Hutt Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 7th

Closing date: October 13th

Mt Dobson Ski Season Dates

Opening date: Mid June

Mt Lyford Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 18th

Ohau Snow Fields Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 29th

Porters Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: Late June

Closing date: Early October

Roundhill Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 29th

Closing date: September 15th

Broken River Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: Late June

Closing date: Early October

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: July 6th

Mt Cheeseman Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: July 6th

Mt Olympus Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: Early July

Closing date: Early October

Fox Peak Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June/July (depending on snow)

Closing date: October (depending on snow)

Nelson Lakes Ski Season Dates 2019

Rainbow Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: Mid-July

Closing date: Mid-October

Hanmer Springs Season Dates 2019

Hanmer Springs Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: July 6th

Arthurs Pass Season Dates 2019

Temple Basin Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: Mid July

Closing date: September (depending on snow)

North Island Ski & Snow Season 2019

Mt Ruapehu Ski Areas Season Dates 2019

Happy Valley Ski Field Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 1st

Closing date: Mid October

Whakapapa Ski Area Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 22nd

Closing date: Mid October

Turoa Ski Field Ski Season Dates

Opening date: June 29th

Closing date: Mid October

 


Notes

Most ski fields with set opening and closing dates have snowmaking capabilities to guarantee good snow cover even when the conditions are not perfect. However, even these cannot create snow when the weather is too warm.

Keep an eye on this page for future updates, especially as the ski season approaches!

 

Is there snow skiing in New Zealand?

The South Island is home to three main skiing regions; Queenstown plays host to The Remarkables and Coronet Peak, Wanaka boasts Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone and Christchurch/Canterbury is home to Mt Hutt Ski Area. Expect world-class ski schools, accommodation close to the ski fields with transport from door to slope and value for money ski deals covering the essentials. In the North Island, ski on an active volcano at Mt Ruapehu, New Zealand’s largest commercial ski field – now that’s something to write home about!

Where is best skiing in New Zealand?

Queenstown is home to two of the best ski fields in the south, The Remarkables and Coronet Peak. The magnificence of The Remarkables goes without saying. Craggy peaks dot the landscape, narrow chutes and off-piste powder await, and three sunny wide open bowls aim to please the most intrepid skier. Coronet Peak attracts night owls and early risers with its Night Skiing and Fast Tracks options, which allow skiers extended snow-time.
Wanaka is home to two of the best ski fields in the south, Cardrona Alpine Resort is leading the way with infrastructure offering New Zealand’s first ever gondola and is set to open up even more terrain and lifts in 2020, Cardrona can be easily accessed from Queenstown. Cardrona is New Zealand’s “fun and friendly” family mountain, as its famous for its learner-friendly slopes and dedicated kids’ centres. Treble Cone is the South Island’s largest ski area at 550 ha. It has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), 4km-intermediate runs, more intermediate and advanced terrains than any other resort in the south, and delivers on views, with Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring both within sight.

What is the biggest ski resort in New Zealand?

Treble Cone is the South Island’s largest ski area at 550 ha. It has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes (705m), 4km-intermediate runs, more intermediate and advanced terrains than any other resort in the south, and delivers on views, with Lake Wanaka and Mt Aspiring both within sight.
In terms of total ski slope length, Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort both offer 40km of trails, Treble Cone follows with 22 km and The Remarkables has 10km.

What month does it snow in Queenstown?

The Queenstown ski season runs from mid June to mid October, snow can fall as early as April and as late as November!