Skiing In New Zealand

Skiing in New ZealandNew Zealand Ski Fields cater to all abilities from beginner to hardcore, the popular ski fields have snowmaking facilities to give consistent snow cover between what can be patchy natural snowfall, so during the peak ski season, you can expect quality snow and well-covered slopes, both in the North Island and the South Island.

Most fields aim to open between mid-June and stay open to  early October, but the best snow falls may not happen to July/August if we have a mild Autumn – for skiers in New Zealand Southerly storms are a welcome event…  The short 2 to 3-day storms bring good quality powder.

The range of ski fields in the North and South Islands means that you can normally find good snow on various ski slopes for over four months if you are willing to travel between ski fields.

There is a wide range of  options open to you when skiing in New Zealand with  the nervous  novice  to the expert downhill skier catered for.

For those of you learning  to ski… New Zealand ski fields have designated slopes for beginners – a safe haven for you to improve your skills away from the often hectic steeper slopes, in fact, beginners get the best deal especially in seasons when natural snow is  inconsistent or during bad weather ( high winds) often you will find the beginner slopes are the only areas still open as they are normally in a sheltered location… as well they will have a good cover of snow for the whole season either from a snowmaking machine or natural snowfall – if you are a beginner rest assured your ski season is guaranteed  🙂

If you are an expert though and the weather is calm and clear, you can opt for more challenging slopes or the ultimate skiing adventure –  Helli skiing in New Zealand this is sure to  provide the thrill and pristine runs across fresh powder snow – that you are looking for.

Helli Skiing

Helli skiing in New Zealand  sees the skier or skiing party to be taken to remote slopes or glaciers, often you will be the first that day to ski the fresh powder snow.
If You Hate Crowded Ski Fields You Will Love This Video…

These ski areas are not able to be reached by any other mode of transport than a helicopter – unless you walk ? Not a Good Option !  So Helli skiing provides a truly unique skiing experience which is perfect for the skier that wants to escape the crowded commercial runs and experience something new.

South Island Skiing :

Queenstown is the hub for skiing the South Island the surrounding ski fields provide some of the best skiing in New Zealand, as well as being a lively resort town to ensure you can enjoy the after ski activities as much as the skiing itself.

Queenstown has numerous attractions away from the ski slopes and is known as a premier  New Zealand ski and holiday resort with quality accommodation and activities that cater well to all the family. If you are travelling as a family group and intent on seeing some skiing action while in NZ, this may be the solution for the whole  family enjoying their vacation.

Wanaka a short drive from Queenstown is also well regarded as one of the major ski resorts in New Zealand and it offers four world-class ski and snowboard resorts.

Treble Cone : is the closest ski field to Wanaka, Treble cone welcomes all snow lovers – Long uncrowded slopes with expansive views, This mountain has the longest vertical rise in the Southern Lakes,  the slopes offer two large basins with wide faces and exciting undulating runs, all just a 30-minute drive from Wanaka.

Coronet Peak: the most popular South Island Ski Resort,  has a number of spacious rolling slopes in its 280 skiable hectares with good chair access and automated snowmaking capacity that ensures quality snow over a long season, as well as excellent base facilities makes Coronet Peak a World Class premier winter experience  with a dedicated beginners area,  making Coronet Peak the ideal skiing resort for families only a 25 minute drive from Queenstown

North Island Skiing :

National Park or the small township of Ohakune is the accommodation centre when skiing in the North Island, The two North Island ski fields are conveniently placed with easy access. Both ski fields are well catered for in accommodation and chair lifts the combination of Turoa and Whakapapa  ski fields offers excellent skiing on both the northern and the southern slopes of Mount Ruapehu – with the southern field (Turoa) holding good snow even on warm days and the northern (Whakapapa) slopes a great choice when the weather is not the best as it is more sheltered from southerlies.

Turoa : The wide open slopes of Turoa provide plenty of great cruising with the Alpine meadow giving a gentle sheltered haven for the beginner, the more experienced and adventurous skier will be tested on the upper mountain with its tricky chutes and steeps, the south-west facing slopes ensures plenty of dry winter snow on the highest ski area in New Zealand and the longest vertical in Australasia, 4hours 30 minutes drive from Auckland and 2 hours 45 minutes drive from Rotorua

Whakapapa : Whakapapa  is New Zealand’s largest developed ski area… which caters to beginners in the world class Happy Valley through to advanced skiers determined to test their skills on the numerous steep faces, slopes, and gullies.

As well as the skiing Whakapapa is part of Tongariro National Park a world heritage area, home to 3 mountains with Ruapehu being still active this an exciting beautiful area to visit year round. 4 hours from Auckland and 2 hours from Rotorua. – Fun for the whole family.

There is such a wide choice of  options when skiing in New Zealand, the difficult part will be deciding where to go first but you can be sure wherever you choose… New Zealand is perfect for all grades and ages of skier a good time is ensured.

Author: Ian

Based in Rotorua with an interest in Photography, Deer Hunting, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Kayaking and Travel... Our aim is to provide you with travel tips and all the local knowledge you need to discover amazing natural locations throughout New Zealand...

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