Ski Resorts Ratings

Everyone has different variables that are important when deciding on the top ski resorts in NZ so we've provided ratings (out of 5, where 5 is outstanding) for various factors relating to the New Zealand ski resorts. Our ratings for the NZ ski resorts and New Zealand snowboarding are based on our experiences of visiting the various ski areas around NZ. For more detailed ratings and definitions on each of the categories see our full Powderhounds ski resort ratings on the best skiing page, which also compare the New Zealand ski resorts to those in Canada, Japan, USA, Europe and South America.

You can also look at each of the New Zealand ski resorts to see how the readers of Powderhounds have rated the resorts on the snow, crowds, lifts, piste, off-piste, child friendliness, value and nightlife.
New Zealand Ski Resorts 5 = outstanding
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Beginner Intermediate Advanced Off-Piste Tree Skiing Expert Extreme Snow Freshies Uncrowded Slackcountry Lifts Terrain Park Family Friendly Daytime Restaurants Nighttime Restaurants Nightlife Ski-in\Ski-Out Cost Apres English Culture Powderhounds Overall
Broken River 0.5 2 3.5 4 0 3.5 2.5 3 4 5 5 1.5 1 1 1 1 1.5 2 5 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Cardrona 5 3.5 2 3 0 2 2 2 3 2 -1 3 4 5 3 1 1 1 3 2 -1 -1 2.5 3.5
Coronet Peak 3.5 4 3.5 3 0 3 2.5 1.5 2 2.5 2 3 0 4 3.5 0 0 0 2.5 1 -1 -1 2.5 3
Craigieburn 0 1 5 4.5 0.5 4.5 4.5 2.5 4.5 3 5 1.5 0 0 2 0 2 2 5 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
Fox Peak 1.5 2.5 3 4 0 4 3 2 5 5 3.5 1 0 2.5 0 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3.5 2.5
Hanmer Springs 0.5 4 1 3 0 2 2 2 5 5 3 2 0 2.5 1 0 1 3 4 1 -1 -1 3.5 3
Mount Olympus 1 1 2.5 4 0 4.5 4.5 3 5 4 4.5 1.5 0 1 2 3 2.5 2 5 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Mt Cheeseman 2.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 0 3 2 2 5 5 3.5 2 1 4 2 1 1 2 5 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Mt Dobson 4 3 2 3.5 0 2.5 1 2 5 5 -1 2 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 0 -1 -1 3.5 3
Mt Hutt 3 4 3.5 3.5 0 3.5 3 3 3.5 3.5 3 3 3.5 3.5 3 0 0 0 2.5 1.5 -1 -1 3.5 3.5
Mt Lyford 3.5 3.5 3 3 0 3 1 3 5 5 2.5 3 3 4 3 0 0 0 4 0 -1 -1 4 3.5
Ohau 2.5 2.5 3 3 0 3 2 2.5 5 5 3.5 2 1.5 3.5 2 2.5 3 0 4.5 3 -1 -1 4 3.5
Porters 3.5 2.5 2.5 3.5 0 2.5 1.5 2 3.5 3 3 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 0 0 0 4 0.5 -1 -1 3 3
Remarkables 3.5 2.5 3 3 0 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 4.5 4 3 0 0 0 2.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Roundhill 3 2 2.5 3.5 0 3 1 2 5 5 -1 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 5 1 -1 -1 3.5 3
Snow Park 1 1.5 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 2 5 4 2 2 2 2 4 2.5 -1 -1 1.5 2
Treble Cone 2.5 3 4.5 4 0 4 4 3 3.5 3.5 4 2.5 2 3 2.5 0 0 0 3 1 -1 -1 4 3.5
Turoa 2.5 3.5 3 3 0 2.5 2 2.5 3 4 2.5 2.5 2 2.5 3 3 3 0 4.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5
Whakapapa 3 3.5 2.5 3 0 2.5 2.5 2.5 3 4 2.5 3 2 4.5 3 2 1 2 4.5 1 -1 -1 3 3.5