Most skiing in New Zealand can be found on the South Island, which has nine commercial resorts. Below I will discuss the resorts to help you decide what to think about when the 2015 season starts in June or July:
Cardrona, near Wanaka, is a good family resort and has a lot of terrain and many pistes suitable for advanced skiers. The ski area is 320 ha.
This resort, also near Wanaka, has the largest ski area on the South Island and offers a variety of skiing and snowboarding, both on and off the slopes. Skiing to the hinterland for a beautiful view of the off-piste.
This action-packed resort, of which the nearest town is Queenstown, has a wide range of facilities and infrastructure, which means it is perfect for skiers and boarders. of a range of skills. The new 6-person Curvey Basin chairlift, which runs 1.2 km through the resort, is just one example of how remarkable the facilities can be here. Expect the best ski conditions, but expect the crowds during busy weekend days in high season.
This resort, just a 20-minute drive from Queenstown, is known for its snow conditions and terrain. It has a varied ski area of 280 ha. This is also the only resort where you can ski at night. You can do this here on Friday and Saturday nights.
This resort with stunning views over the plains of Canterbury has an excellent mix of terrain for various skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Another good thing about this resort is that it is only a ninety minute drive from Christchurch airport. There is a skiable area of 365 hectares and the nearest town is Methven.
This is the closest ski location to the city of Christchurch. It is one of the best resorts for families, which are served by the wide range of skiing and snowboarding, and by the après ski facilities. This is also a good resort for advanced skiers who are looking for a bit of a challenge, and there is some great off-piste skiing in the resort's 600ha ski area.
Come to Ohau for powerful snow and perfect conditions. This resort on the Ohau Range offers excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities, and best of all is that the slopes are never crowded. They also have a new double chairlift.
This family-oriented ski resort offers stunning views of Mount Cook, the Southern Alps and Lake Tekapo. There is a huge beginner's area and for the more adventurous, the longest and steepest cable trail in the world!
This sunny, friendly resort offers excellent ski and boarding from soft, soft baby slopes to a challenge Black runs, Mount Dobson has it all. The quiet and quiet pistes provide a pleasant snow experience.
If none of the resorts seems challenging enough, know that New Zealand also offers first-class helicopter opportunities.
Wherever you go, the snow will be great and welcome the Kiwi people, so why not consider taking a summer ski trip and traveling to New Zealand between June and September next year?