News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

Winter's Final Assault On NZ Ski Slopes (05-Oct-09)

New Zealand, October 5, 2009 - Snow has blanketed the central North Island

Snow has blanketed the central North Island, around the slopes of Mt Ruapehu, closing roads, stranding travellers, cutting power and interrupting communications.

Although inconvenient, the snow falls are a huge boost for the spring ski period.   

Pictures attached, taken yesterday, show the snow on the access road to Turoa and staff endeavouring to clear the road. Up to 20 cm of new snow has been reported on Whakapapa and Turoa ski areas. Both ski areas are right on track for their scheduled end of season closing day on 26th October.


In the South Island, Mt Hutt ski area in Canterbury is open today after 7 cm of new snow fell on Sunday. The ski area reports an upper mountain base of 153 cm, with 123cm on the lower mountain. Longer spring, sunny days mean that sun-block and glasses are mandatory requirements for any slope action. Mt Hutt is scheduled to close on 18th October.

Further south The Remarkables Ski area, near Queenstown is on track for closing on this Sunday (11th October). Sister ski area Coronet Peak closed last weekend.

James Coddington, CEO for NZSki Ltd (owner of The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt) comments, “We’re on track now for our scheduled closing dates, weather and conditions permitting and are celebrating spring both on and off the slopes as the weather warms up.”

A successful ski season came to a close last weekend in the Wanaka area with all four ski areas; Cardrona Alpine Resort, Treble Cone, Snow Park NZ and Snow Farm bringing their 2009 season to an end. The region reports excellent visitor numbers, great snow conditions throughout and many world-class events.

Turoa Winter  

Lake Wanaka Tourism general manager James Helmore is thrilled with the success of the 2009 winter. “The mountains and down town have been buzzing with visitors, from the elite professionals to the recreational skiers and riders enjoying the diverse terrain and snow sports on offer. Good visitor numbers have been reported, particularly from across the Tasman,” he said.

New Zealand ski resorts are well known for their long ski season and this year is no exception. Mt Hutt was the first ski area to open in Australasia on 30th May and it is expected Mt Ruapehu will be the last to close on 26th October.

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