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Southern Pacfiic Rim Ski Resorts

Massive resort
Massive resort

Perisher

Pros: Loads of lifts, loads of snow guns to give Mother Nature a boost. Food is ok and there is a vast variety.

Cons: No real village. Expensive (but that's just Australian ski resorts)

New South Wales' premium resort
New South Wales' premium resort

Thredbo Ski Resort

Pros: Longer, steeper, more varied terrain. A real village with a stupendous apres ski scene. Snowmaking system is first class.

Cons: Expensive. Five and a half hours from Sydney. Lack of any new investment in uplift capacity.

Great skiing, amaaaazing views
Great skiing, amaaaazing views

The Remarkables

Pros: Wide open runs, ridges, faces, walls, views

Cons: Getting there & muddy parking lot

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Thredbo Ski Resort

Thredbo Ski Resort

“Thredbo is almost exactly five and a half hours from Sydney (certainly not seven) including a short stop for fuel.  Mind you it depends where you start from in Sydney; could be more, could be less.  I live a couple of miles north of the Bridge and drop straight onto the freeway.  With the completion of the highway works currently underway around the Canberra airport the trip...” --sinbad7

100% Positive Reviews
Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

Craigieburn Valley Ski Area

“ Craigieburn is the classic club field (run by club members on a non-profit basis). It has rope tows which to the uninitiated can be hard work but once mastered whisk you up the hill, plus you can get off pretty much when you like. The terrain is a good skiers dream, chutes, faces and steeps, but don't come here to ski trees, like 99% of skiing in New Zealand it is all above the tree line...” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews
Temple Basin

Temple Basin

“ Many people describe the experience of Temple Basin as lift accessed backcountry, and that really does sum it up. It is a 2 hour drive from Christchurch and a 40-60 minute hike to the lodges and lifts once you drop your gear at the goods lift. The hike puts a lot of people off and Temple is all the better for it. In general I find that the more inaccessible a ski area is the better the vibe...” --kiwiski

100% Positive Reviews
Perisher

Perisher

“Perisher is massive with terrain for anyone. loads of parks for beginners to the more advanced. loads of lifts to get you to all corners of the resort. loads of snow guns to help Mother Nature out. The food is expensive but there is a vast variety of it around. tickets are high priced. ” --deimos

100% Positive Reviews
Round Hill

Round Hill

“ One of the best places to learn to ski or board in NZ and the rope tow is great for advanced/expert skiers and offers huge vertical and spectacular views.   The beginners area and T-bar offer immaculately groomed gentle slopes ideal for those finding their feet on snow. There is a pretty well maintained terrain park on the T-Bar as well but the features are not that big as it is...” --kiwiski

100% Positive Reviews
Cardrona

Cardrona

“We stayed in the on Mountain Apartments so would have a very different experience to most, who would be doing day trips from Wanaka and surrounding area.  The accommodation, although expensive, was great and being on the Mountain meant skipping the crowded cafes and daily race up and down the mountain through the mud bath the access road can become.  The apartment was new and very...” --fstopnz

100% Positive Reviews
The Remarkables

The Remarkables

“I've skied just 4 places on the South Island of NZ, and all of them involved an arduous drive from the main road up to the base area - on dirt roads.   The Remarkables was no different.  If you follow the rules to only look over the edge if you're the passenger and not the driver, then you'll be OK!   Our experience up at the Remarkables, right above Queenstown, was a good one....” --emjaynie

100% Positive Reviews
Fox Peak Ski Area

Fox Peak Ski Area

“ Fox Peak is a hidden gem and often forgotten about club field in New Zealand. It is a little hard to get to but well worth the drive, 4WD with a little clearance is the best way to go. Once there three rope tows offer access to all kinds of cool stuff. A few times I was there I'd have winter snow in South Bowl and then spring like conditions on the sunny aspects of North Bowl.   The...” --Kiwiski Andrew

100% Positive Reviews
Mount Hutt

Mount Hutt

“ Mount Hutt is pretty much your generic New Zealand commercial ski area. It is usually able to open earlier than the club fields due to its snowmaking facilities. There are two fixed grip chairlifts plus one detachable six pack to get you straight to the top of the mountain.   Compared with international resorts it is very expensive for what you get. There is a bar and cafe for those...” --kiwiski

50% Positive Reviews
Mt. Ruapehu

Mt. Ruapehu

“Auckland is about 12 hours flight from Los Angeles. Ruapehu is about 4 hours drive from Auckland but there's so much to see and do on the way, allow a few days to take in the sights. NZ is the "world in your pocket: the north is "Tahiti" and parts are like Scotland (including Architecture) and the south end is like the Norwegian fjords. If you've seen Lord of the Rings, you've seen parts of the...” --veteran

100% Positive Reviews
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