As Japan suffers an economic downturn, the popularity of a sleepy resort town has snowballed.
Two skiers needed helicopter rescues on Saturday after falls on Canterbury skifields.
Scores of people trapped on Mt Hutt's main chairlift for up to two hours after glitch.
Wanaka skifield is getting a gondola-charlift in time for next year's ski season.
Ski and snowboard-related accidents are costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year and they're on the rise.