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New Zealand has much to offer the modern skier, both on-piste and off. South Island and North.


More than 20 club and commercial fields of varying size are scattered from Mt Ruapehu in the central North Island to Queenstown and Wanaka in the South. The ski season generally runs from mid-June until late September, with the commercial fields that utilise artificial snow-making enjoying longer season than most club fields.


The Southern Alps offer a lifetime of ski touring and backcountry skiing experiences. The 21st century has seen massive growth in the popularity of these pursuits as people graduate from ‘slack country’ in close proximity to established fields to the vast terrain available in more remote areas. Heli-skiing has enjoyed similar growth, despite its cost.


In this Section of the site, you can find the numerous discounts on lift tickets available to NZAC members at ski fields, courses to upskill for the backcountry and the information you need to get out amongst the snow.




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Ski on piste

A number of ski fields, both Club and commercial, offer substantial discounts on lift tickets to NZAC members. You can find skifields, listed by region here.



NZAC members are entitled to an incredible array of member discounts at numerous online and retail stores. Our partners can provide you with everything you need to hit the slopes. In addition, most ski fields offer a gear hire service.



The NZAC National Instruction Programme offers courses that can give you the skills you need to get your skis into the back country. Visit this page for information about the Introduction to Back Country and Glacier Skiing courses.


Go back country

NZAC has a range of guidebooks that cover the New Zealand backcountry. Get them here.


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