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New Zealand 2020 Ski Season News

Updated 9th June 2020

New Zealand has moved to Covid 19 level 1 alert. As of June 9th 2020, New Zealand had no new cases of Covid 19 in 17 days. The implications of Level 1 for the New Zealand ski fields is that there will be no social distancing requirements in lift queues and the ski fields can operate normally, which includes cafeterias and other dining establishments. All the NZ ski fields will continue with planned strategies for contact tracing and hygiene measures.

This is great news for the Kiwis, but not for international skiers and snowboarders because borders are still closed. The highly touted Trans-Tasman bubble may allow Australians to fly to New Zealand, but it’s unlikely that this will occur until at least September unless the number of Covid19 cases in Australia plummets.

In the meantime, many of the large commercial NZ ski fields may be less busy, considering that Australians make up a good proportion of visitation.

The New Zealand heli skiing outfits are all-go for the 2020 season (well for Kiwis anyway).

Other NZ Ski Resort Implications 2020

Some ski resorts may not be fully operational during 2020 due to financial considerations, and may have lifts closed or not operate 7 days a week.

Ruapehu (Whakapapa and Turoa) plan to operate utilising less lifts, which is somewhat disappointing for the north islanders.

The installation of The Remarkables new chair lift has been significantly delayed.

And good news for Canterburians, as all the angst about the limited number of season passes at Mt Hutt has now lifted.

NZ Ski Field Opening Dates

  • Mt Hutt: June 12th
  • Cardrona: June 26th
  • Coronet Peak: June 26th
  • Treble Cone: June 27th
  • The Remarkables: July 4th
  • Whakapapa: July 1st
  • Turoa: July 1st
  • Porters: June 26th
  • Ohau: June 27th
  • Roundhill: June 27th
  • Mt Dobson: July 3rd