Extra blue kick. -2 degrees C. Almost hot sun. Friggin' perfect.
Seriously, look at this place!
Friggin' look at it!!
If you're a dedicated North American nordic skier with some money (do those exist??), you could be here for roughly $1200 (Boston to Queenstown NZ -- 50k away). It would be the best $1200 you ever spent.
Even if you're a dedicated, albeit poor and nomadic, nordic skier -- the place is full of foreigners doing seasonal work. You could be one of them...while getting the best training/vacation/non-dryland August possible. If I was a proper nordic skier, I'd be here every year.
Oh, don't forget that you can connect many groomed trails via a few tele turns.