Snow Skiing in New Zealand

July 10, 2006 by  
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New Zealand is a perfect spot for skiing in August. While the Northern Hemisphere bakes in summer heat, New Zealand is at the peak of their ski season.

New Zealand is famous for its adventure-sport options, from paragliding to mountain climbing. It also has downhill ski resorts, on both the North and South Islands. Europe and North America may boast larger ski resorts. But recreational skiers (as well as professional skiers in training) migrate to New Zealand to enjoy the spectacular scenery, laid-back atmosphere, and August snow.

If you’re ready to chase the ski season around the globe, here are a few New Zealand resorts to try. Teir season runs roughly from May or June to early October.

Mt. Hutt

Mt. Hutt boasts light, dry powder snow, and an early opening date. This laid-back resort is just outside the town of Christchurch.

Remarkables

Near New Zealand’s adventure-capital, Queenstown. Four chairs, rope tows for learners, and lots of sunny winter weather keep everyone happy. There are opportunities to spot New Zealand’s mischievous native parrot, the Kea, right alongside the ski slopes.

Coronet Peak

Another popular Queenstown destination. Its four chairlifts access stunning views of New Zealand’s Alps. Snowmaking keeps the slopes fresh between snow storms.

Tasman Glacier

Heli-skiing enthusiasts hire rides to the top of Mt. Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. The helicopters access the 27-kilometer-long Tasman Glacier, for a truly exotic skiing experience.