I see Atomiccruiser is offline so I will fill you in until he returns.
September in NZ is at the end of their ski season.They do get snow in the valley floor but that does not usually stay for more than a few days. During the hieght of the ski season the sunny faces in those photos would be snow covered and there would be a lot less bare ground.The slope to the left in the second last photo is the Coronet Peak Back Bowls and that is usually skiable.
The Queenstown region is absolutely beautiful and worth a visit summer or winter. By the way NZ does have some great glacier skiing and helicopter skiing, but apart from the first 2 shots all these photos are at the ski areas.
Originally Posted by deliberate1
Thanks for posting the images. What a spectacular spot. Pardon my ignorance, but is that glacier skiing? I ask because there appears to be little snow at lower elevations and green vegitation in the valleys. And the conditions look a lot like the skiing I did in June 2009 on the glacier at Les Deux Alpes in France. But as I look at the amount of snow on the other peaks as shot from the plane, me thinks perhaps not.