ChrisC wrote:Yes, you can ski New Zealand, but I would not.
I think the time to hit New Zealand is for spring skiing in September. I found Treble Cone to be quite entertaining. Mount Hutt has some decent terrain off the Montezuma ridge and up in the Tower rocks. If you pick your days, you can fill out a heli-ski group at a pretty big discount since they're not super busy in September. On bad weather days, you have relatively mild weather down in the flats and you can go do those winery expeditions if you're north at Mount Hutt or you can do the Queenstown touron thing if you're at Treble Cone. In South America, you're a shut-in on those bad weather days since the resorts are all out in the boonies.
For me sitting on the east coast, I wouldn't consider New Zealand again unless I blocked out 3 weeks for the trip. Chile is in my timezone and I can get there and back on 8-hour overnight flights from Miami. If I were sitting in LA, I'd be more prone to mix it up and hit New Zealand once in a while for my summer ski fix.