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Welcome to our first weekly THASU (Thursday Afternoon Snow Update) update for 2012. Here at Snowco we have a good feeling about this season's snow conditions. The weather patterns seems to have settled into a neutral La Nina/Al Nino pattern which means a standard south westerly flow over the country should continue to bring cycles of cold fronts and then clear cold nights associated with high pressure systems. It is going to be perfect for making snow to top up good (normal) natural conditions.
By now, if you're a fanatic like us you will have purchased a cheap early season pass and taken your old gear to your local second hand ski sale. Don't worry if winter crept up on you though because it's time to check out the multi-day and package rates to see which one will suit you best.
Coronet Peak and Hutt both open in just 9 days time. Coronet's snowmaking has made some white gold on-piste with a dusting covering the rest of the mountain. We are not expecting any rain to put a dampener on their preparations, the temperatures are hovering in an out of good snowmaking conditions and the southerly storms a whipping through at regular intervals. This is perfectly normal for this time of year. The long term forecast indicates that a couple of storms are due to pass just south of the South Island before Tuesday next week. Let's hope they visit the Southern Lakes.
At Mt Hutt the ground is frozen and the temps are good at this time for snowmaking during the nights. The long term forecast is good for more snowmaking through the early part of next week.
Proposed Opening Dates:
June 9th - Coronet, Hutt
15th - Snowpark
16th - Remarkables, Turoa
20th - Snowpark
22nd - Lyford, Porters, Cardrona
23rd - Whakapapa, Roundhill
For a full list visit the Snowco snow reports .
The National Snowsports Events Calendar is taking shape for the season. Check out where the events are this year if you want to spectate, participate or avoid them this season.
Take care and get into it this winter.
Scotty - Snow Editor