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That's a wrap: full-on, four-day festival wraps

A competitor nears the top of Coronet Peak Ski Area as the sun rises, during the Skin to Summit event as part of the ...

Queenstown Winter Festival organisers have given the new four-day format a thumbs up.

Family ski tips for Kiwi slopes

Ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Hitting the slopes with the kids? New Zealand ski fields offer super family-friendly facilities with great learn-to-ski programmes.

The real cost of a family ski holiday

Save the pro gear until you know kids can ski and want to do it again.

Budget and ski holiday are not natural partners, Josh Martin tries to find a happy medium for the school holidays.

Exploding into winter

Fireworks over TSS Earnslaw during the annual Winter FestivaL on Friday night.

Fireworks explode over Queenstown as thousands celebrate Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter party.

Festival goes to the dogs gallery

Russell Wilson and Tedd at the Monteith's Dog Derby on the opening day of the Queenstown Winter Festival at Coronet Peak ...

Capable dogs and their confused owners barrelled down Coronet Peak ski field on the opening day of Queenstown Winter Festival.

Tip for 50+ skiers

Baby boomers are fitter and more sport-oriented than ever before.

The downhill rush, alpine vistas, camaraderie and mulled wine are now far more accessible for older skiers.

Sledding area to stay free

Khloe-Joy Tamihana has fun in the snow mound children can play in for free outside Happy Valley Bistro.

Popular areas of Mt Ruapehu are to remain free of charge after proposed costs outraged locals and snow-lovers.

Anger at hefty snow play charges

Khloe-Joy Tamihana has fun in the snow mound children can play in for free outside Happy Valley Bistro.

Going for a sled or building a snowman on popular Mt Ruapehu ski fields is about to get very pricey.

Coronet Peak opens for season

Kobe Thurston, 5, Mila Thurston, 3, and dad Sam Thurston, of  Queenstown, on Coronet Peak's learner's slope on Saturday.

The Queenstown ski area welcomed more than 1000 people before lunchtime on Saturday.

Family skiing for less

Copper Mountain, Colorado is a great family-friendly skiing option in North America.

Which are the best options for beginner skiers on a budget? Email us a

Good weekend of skiing

Coronet Peak opens this weekend.

Good news for those heading to ski fields around the country.

Guide to NZ's best snow parties

Onesie Day at Cardrona

Like a snowflake each festival has its own unique design and attractions.

Life on NZ's 'magic mountain' stuff nation

Ebba Beattie with her husband Dave, who she met five years ago in National Park.

With only 200 residents, no supermarket and few street lights, National Park is not your ordinary ski town.

The new season's best ski shots

People took to Instagram to share their best shots of opening day in Otago.

The best pictures from Cardrona and the Remarkables opening day.

Cardrona ski-field opens for 2017

Wanaka's Cardona Alpine Resort is open for the 2017 ski season.  Cardrona ambassador for 21 years Carol Little, manager ...

Young skiers woke up at 3am to be first on Cardrona's chairlift as it opened on Saturday.

Gearing up: ski steals and splurges

Your guide to kitting yourself out for the slopes, whether you're on a budget or have cash to burn.

Your guide to kitting yourself out for the snow, whether you're on a budget or have cash to burn.

Perfect day for ski field opening video

The first day of the 2017 was a success, with great snow conditions and blue skies.

NZ's best ski field rolled out the white carpet for the first visitors while Mother Nature played her part.

Freezing start to the day video

Friday is opening day at the Mt Hutt Ski Area.

Temperatures plummeted under clear skies across NZ, with minus six recorded in the South Island.

Skifields on track

Snow machine on the Roundhill skifield, near Tekapo.

Skifields are due to open in time for the school holidays, directors say.

Qtown ski fields to kick off

An aerial shot of Wanaka's Cardrona Alpine Resort on June 6. The ski field will open on Saturday.

Two Queenstown ski fields are pumping out the snow before the opening on Saturday,

Ski fields start to open

Mt Hutt Ski Area Manager James McKenzie said the mountain was "absolutely stunning".

South Island ski fields are hoping for a better start to the season after a "lean snow year" in 2016.

Ski season comes a month early video

Children try skiing at Happy Valley on Saturday.

Despite warm temperatures, Ruapehu welcomed its first skiers and snowboarders this weekend.

What winter is all about

Have fun playing with the dogs and your friends on a dog-sledding adventure at Snow Farm near Cardrona.

Look beyond the low temperatures to the breathtaking views and adventures the season affords.

Where to find the best apres-ski bars

If you're willing to accept the challenge then trust us, you'll find the après you're looking for at any of these spots.

A quiet beer at the end of a ski day isn't going to cut it, you can do that at home.

Snow cadets take on ski season

Caslo Winikerei and Waitangi Patena are gearing up to welcome the first visitors for the season to Moutn Ruapehu this ...

With just days until the ski lifts start turning, new staff are getting pumped for the pow.

Man made snow coming to Taupo

Happy Valley will be on 'tour' this coming weekend when they bring snow to town.

Mt Ruapehu's Happy Valley is going on tour, bringing snow and fun to Taupo's lakefront.

How ski fields create fake snow video

The snow piles in Whakapapa's Happy Valley!

As ski fields nationwide fire up their snow-making machines, we look at how they produce the goods.

Winter fest condensed

Winter Festival Dog Derby which was held at Remarkables ski field last year was kept on this year's programme.

Winter Festival was condensed to four action-packed days of celebration.

Feeling low at high altitude? video

Even the average aircraft's pressure is enough to cause a little queasiness.

Altitude sickness can ruin a holiday. So what can you do when your head starts spinning?

Ski workers frozen out

30062016 News. Robyn Edie. SouthlandTimes/FairfaxNZ.    Queenstown region file photos. Remarkables ski field was open ...

More than 200 workers are scrambling to find a place to live, six weeks before Queenstown ski fields open.

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