Best Ski Resorts
Powderhounds Awards for the Best NZ Ski Resorts
The Powderhounds awards for the "Best Skiing in New Zealand" provide information on what we view as the best NZ ski resorts and ski towns. Here are some of our favourites regarding the skiing and snowboarding, nightlife, and tours in New Zealand.
Top Rated Resorts for Powder Hounds
Based on advanced/expert terrain + snow quality & quantity+ lack of people riding off-piste
|Best Overall Resorts
Based on infrastructure, terrain, family friendliness, snow & cost
Other Best NZ Skiing / Snowboarding (Powderhounds Awards)
- Best overall terrain: Treble Cone, Craigieburn, Mt Hutt
- Best beginner ski resort: Cardrona, Mt Dobson
- Best intermediate terrain: Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak
- Best advanced terrain: Craigieburn, Treble Cone
- Best expert slopes: Craigieburn , Mt Olympus
- Extreme terrain: Craigieburn, Mt Olympus
- Best off-piste: Craigieburn Ski Area
- Best backcountry: Craigieburn, Broken River
- Best uncrowded slopes: Mt Lyford, Roundhill, Hanmer Springs
- Lift infrastructure: Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak
- Best terrain park: The Remarkables, Cardrona
Best New Zealand Heli Skiing
For more information on ski resorts and ski towns of NZ that rate well on various factors, see the Powderhounds New Zealand ski resorts ratings. Examples of some of the categories are beginners terrain, intermediate terrain, steeps, powder, lunchtime freshies, lift infrastructure, uncrowded lift lines and slopes, restaurants, apres and much more.
For more info on the NZ heli ski operations, see our best New Zealand heli skiing page.
Best New Zealand Ski Resorts - Readers' Reviews
These awards for the "best ski resorts in New Zealand" are based on the public reviews on Powderhounds.com. Come and have your say on the top New Zealand ski resorts
by reviewing and rating a ski area. Navigate to the New Zealand ski resort you want to review and click on the "add review" link in the left-hand-column. Put your vote in!
NB only New Zealand ski resorts with a minimum of 4 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort with more reviews is selected as the best.
Best overall New Zealand ski resort 1:
- Best New Zealand powder skiing 2:
- Best snow:
- Most uncrowded:
- Best lifts:
- Piste trails:
- Child friendly:
- Value for money:
1 The top overall New Zealand ski resort is based on an average of the other above factors.
2 The best New Zealand powder skiing is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.
Best Heli Skiing New Zealand: Methven Heliski
NB only ski fields/heli skiing with a minimum of 2 reviews were considered in the awards. Where there are equal scores, the resort/heliski with more reviews is selected as the best.
1 The best ski field/heli skiing is based on an average of the other above factors.
2 The best ski resort for powderhounds is the average of the scores for snow, uncrowded and off-piste.