Season length: includes days when ski fields are closed. Fields can close for a range of reasons, such as bad weather or lack of snow. The ski-field operating season depends on both weather and commercial considerations. For example, at the beginning and end of each season, snow conditions may be less reliable. It is common for ski-field operators in the Queenstown district to open only one ski area in the Queenstown district at these times.
Limitations of the data
This dataset only refers to three ski fields in the South Island (Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables). The accuracy of the data source is of medium quality.
The climate can affect ski-field operations. Warm temperatures can result in less snow or shorter ski seasons. Extreme weather events such as storms can close fields. Monitoring the season length of ski fields and the percentage of days they are closed may indicate the extent of any effects of climate change. This dataset relates to the "Ski-field operating days" measure on the Environmental Indicators, Te taiao Aotearoa website.
Method of collection/Data provider
This data was sourced from NZ Ski Ltd by the Ministry for the Environment.