New Zealand's pain for gain ratio at the Winter Olympics didn't quite balance out, but chef de mission Pete Wardell says the Sochi Games still represented a significant leap forward for the Kiwis.
The team failed to meet their pre-Games target of a medal, but Wardell says there has been a huge improvement in overall performance since the 2010 Winter Olympics.
"We got five in the top 10, seven in the top 12 - compared to Vancouver, it's a quantum change," he told AAP.
Three of the 15-strong New Zealand team bore the brunt of physical pain: Christy Prior, Byron Wells and Ben Sandford were all knocked about badly leading into and during the Olympics, which closed in Sochi on Sunday night.
Prior knocked herself out after falling heavily in a practice run just minutes before the snowboard slopestyle semi-finals.
Wells, already managing a tendency towards fibula stress fractures, was forced out of the ski halfpipe after badly twisting his leg in a training fall three days before competition.
Skeleton slider Sandford, contesting his third Olympics, finished 20th four weeks after fracturing an ankle and dislocating his shoulder in a training crash.
Then there was the mental pain felt by Jossi Wells, who came within three points of bronze in finishing fourth in the ski halfpipe.
"That's kind of the worse place to come in the Olympics - it's so close, but so far away," he said at the time.
"Fourth. That's going to haunt me."
Annelise Coberger's slalom silver in 1992 is the only medal ever won by a Kiwi at the Winter Olympics.
As expected, New Zealand's best placings came in the new park and pipe disciplines, with three Kiwis in the 12-strong men's ski halfpipe final.
Wells headed home brother Beau-James (sixth) and Lyndon Sheehan (ninth), while teammate Janina Kuzma was also impressive in placing fifth in the women's ski halfpipe.
Long-track speed skater Shane Dobbin picked up a meritorious seventh over 10,000m, and Jossi Wells placed 11th in ski slopestyle, a placing mirrored by skeleton slider Katharine Eustace.
Wardell says New Zealand's depth in snow sports will be tested ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.
"These people have to last another four years, and there's quite a high attrition rate.
"There are some really good young ones coming up, but it's about whether they're going to be ready."
High Performance Sport New Zealand's investment in Snowsports NZ last year amounted to $NZ1.815 million ($A1.6 million), including an extra one-off $NZ115,000 to help with preparations for Sochi.
An extensive post-Games review is scheduled involving HPSNZ, the New Zealand Olympic Committee, Snowsports NZ's winter performance programme and the various national sports organisations.