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CALL TO VOTE: You choose. Tell us who shone and who stunk. Since 2000 online Snowco has published an independent survey, which asks the public to judge, based upon their experience the level of service that they have received during their visit to a ski or board area. The survey consists of 33 questions relating to the service received from the snow user across 9 departments that make up the front line of a ski and board operation. There are two awards, the NZ Ski Area Service Award for commercial ski areas and, the NZ Small Ski Area Service Award for club operated ski fields.

Snowco reviewed a digital book recently and if you're after some light reading check out The Truth about Skiing and Snowboarding. This 292 page book doesn't tell you how to ski or snowboard but it has absolutely everything else you can imagine about the sport from road rules, nutrition, injury prevention, surviving an avalanche and much much more.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor



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Mt Hutt - has anyone seen the cafe?

The view from the top of Elevator down to the Downhill Tow at Temple Basin.

Methven Heliski last week

A MAD week of helicopters, amazing people and an incredible location that we live in and get to share with others.


World Heli Challenge ION Showcase Awards and Canon Shootout Webcast Live, Thursday, 9pm (NZT) in WhiteOut

The ultimate adventure lifestyle event, the World Heli Challenge, culminates this Thursday evening at the ION Showcase Awards and Canon Shootout. Can’t make it, we’ve got that covered…log onto www.worldhelichallenge.com at 9pm New Zealand time and you can catch all the action as it happens via our live webcast. Watch here...

Gallery - World Heli Challenge in Wanaka in WhiteOut

A selection of photos from yesterday’s freestyle competition at the World Heli Challenge in Wanaka, NZ. Today we will staged the extreme competition and winners will be announced on 16 August at the ION Showcase Awards night.. Read more...

Why are we waiting? in Tommy Pyatt

The World Heli Challenge, a highlight of the NZ competition scene, is upon us and is being kept waiting. Current snow conditions and bad weather is keeping the helicopter firmly resting on the ground, safety being the number one priority for any heli inspired event. Read more...

Official Wrap Up - Billabong Bro Down in WhiteOut

Local Wanaka Snowboarder, Stef Zeestraten (NZL), 27, has defeated a field of more than 50 international riders to claim the Open Men’s division of the Billabong Bro Down presented by Xperia Sony Smartphone 4-Star World Snowboard Tour event which wrapped up at Snow Park near Lake Wanaka, New Zealand today. Read more...

Forecast Update 15th August in Bens Weather Predictions

Mostly sunny and dry over the next few days on the South Island. Cloudy with the chance of a couple of light snow-showers above 1700-1800m on the North Island. A low pressure system is due from the Tasman on Sunday and at this stage it looks to be too warm for snow below 2000m. Some colder air should push through Monday which may bring a couple of light snow showers. Read more...



Mt Hutt ski area receives dumping of the white stuff

A winter snow storm has delivered close to a metre of snow at Canterbury’s Mt Hutt ski area which is now enjoying the best snow base in New Zealand. Read more...

The Merino Muster 2012 @ Snow Farm

As Saturday 18th August approaches, cross country skiers from around New Zealand and the world begin to gather for the most anticipated event of the season - the 17th annual Snow Farm Merino Muster. Read more...


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Forecast for New Zealand ski areas supplied by snow-forecast.com



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Ezi-Rent Car Hire

SKI NZ the EZI way with Ezi-Rent Car Hire and save loads on your next snow holiday! Get 10% off all Ezi-Rent Car Hire rates plus free ski or board racks and snow chains with your car hire! Ezi-Rent are based inside the Queenstown Airport Terminal building, making picking up and dropping off your rental car a breeze, and with rates starting from just NZ$35 per day, and a huge fleet including 4WD's, station-wagons and people movers, getting the up the mountain this season couldn't be easier! More info click here...

Helly Hansen

Ever heard of Outside Magazine in the US of A? If you have you would know it’s one of the most respected outdoor/ adventure magazines around the globe. Well, recently they announced their list of the top 100 most influential outdoor gear of all time. Included in the list were products like the Snowboard, Sunscreen, Gatorade and the Helly Hansen baselayer.

To shop online visit Bivouac or Outside Sports. To find out more about the review or Helly Hansen visit www.hellyhansen.com.au

Haka Tours

NZ has had a huge snow dump this year – get a piece of that action with Haka Tours! Jump on board our award-winning 7 Day South Island Snow Safari. Explore 6 of the South Island’s best slopes on a week-long experience of a lifetime. Tour with small groups of like-minded skiers and boarders, and tour guide who knows the mountains inside out. Interested? Check out these great reviews. Tours are filling up fast – book today with just a 5% deposit!"

Chance to Win Queenstown Adventure Activities

Spend more time on the slopes and less time organising your holiday with the assistance of Lisa Murphy, Ski Host at Copthorne Hotel and Resort Queenstown Lakefront. Lisa can organise ski/snowboard rental, lift passes, mountain transport and provide up to the minute local mountain weather reports and information. Join Lisa on Thursdays at the hotel bar where she hosts a meet and mingle night for all ski guests, where there is a chance to win a Queenstown adventure activity.

Bed and breakfast deals from $129 at Copthorne Queenstown Lakefront.



We have 3 competitions running at the moment. One to win an awesome pair of K2 Skis, one for a Helly Hansen Jacket, and some pairs of SmartWool socks up for grabs! Check them all out on our competitions page and get entering, they close soon!

One HUGE comp we need to mention is the Smartwool Steamboat Ski and Snowboard Holiday. You can WIN a Steamboat Ski & Snowboard Holiday for two in Steamboat Springs, Colorado courtesy of SmartWool. To enter, check terms and participating retailers here but be in quick as the competition closes July 31st. Let's get a Snowco reader there!

We have been giving away plenty of goodies. Hamish Foy and Sidharth Gulati have won an iLID iPhone wallet and we still have two more to give away via Facebook next week!

Our K2 Ski comp is the next big winner to be drawn! To find out how to enter go to our competitions page! The prize up for grabs is some awesome K2 Hellbent Skis, check em out online here.

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