New Zealand Skiing Summary Introduction

New Zealand skiing is great, there is variety and choice.
Value for money is a week living on a club field, always with lessons thrown in. The big commercial fields have everything you expect at a resort. The small ones have the pleasure of uncrowded runs. I'm a fan of spring skiing, and its the best time of year to get those runs under your belt.
These pages set out to provide a brief summary of New Zealand downhill skiing, and the resources abailable on the Web and elsewhere. They are best printed in landscape.
Skier
New Zealand's ski season runs from June to mid October in the South Island. In the North Island skifields are open from mid July to early November, although in recent El Nino years Whakapapa and Turoa have been open to New Year! In 1996 skiing finished at Labour Weekend, and in 1997 on the 9th November. 1998 was a year for the record books, the lightest snow year in 45 years. Whakapapa closed 20th September after only partially opening a month earlier. 1999 was a better year, albeit with a late opening there was fine snow uo to Labour Weekend.
In 2000 many SI fields closed at the end of the school holidays despite still having good snow. Mt Hutt and Whakapapa stayed open until the weekend after Labour Weekend.