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As with the last few weekends, Saturday seems to be the day to ride at this stage. A cold front will make its presence known in the south from Saturday with the more westerly situated ski and board areas getting the worst effect and best snowfalls. Check our Ben, our meteorological guru and our forecasts from snow-forecast.com for details about the weather at your area this weekend.

There's no shortage of big name events this weekend starting with the FIS Snowboard World Cup Halfpipe at Cardrona. This is the 2nd World Cup event hosted at Cardrona in 2012 and an opportunity for international and kiwi snowboard athletes to qualify for the Snowboard Halfpipe at the Winter Olympic in 2014. The K2 Big Mountain CHILL Series continues at Craigieburn after finishing up at Olympus. The K2 Big Mountain is the premier event in the CHILL Series Calendar. Comprised of four days of competition spread between the big mountain meccas of Mt Olympus and Craigieburn Valley there's no shortage of talented big mountain skier and snowboarders competing for their share of the $5000 prize pool and Freeride World Qualifying points.

If you're in Queenstown you may notice tonnes of snow being dumped on the Queenstown Rec Ground. The Parklife Invitational hits town on Saturday night. This is an evening not to miss with invited riders from all over shipping in to compete for the title and prize money. Tickets are $5 and gates open at 4:30pm.

There is also Masters Events on; ski at Rainbow and snowboard at Turoa; Canteen Day at Hutt, Aspen Glam The Surface Ski's Who's Your Daddy Downhill at Roundhill, flare skiing at Hanmer, the Fox Peak Club Champs, the Winnie Bagoes Community Park Jam at Porters and much much more. Check out the New Zealand Snow Sports Calendar for more details.

For any athletes that are into multisport there is a new event on the calendar to compete in. The Dobson Dash consists of a downhill mountain multisport event involving skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking and trail running down a 22km course. Enter Here.

nzXsports.com Ltd (publisher of Snowco & Surfco) are selling some domain names. If you're in the market to purchase some choice domain names check out what's available and give Matt a call.

DID YOU KNOW THAT SNOW.CO.NZ AND SURF.CO.NZ ARE FOR SALE? It's business as usual with lots of innovations in the pipeline and a long term plan but we are looking for someone to take over this exciting, popular and award winning stable of websites. For further information please contact Ant Howard or Michael Cheyne at Howard and Company.

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.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor

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White gold at the end of the "snowbow" - Allan's Basin.

Whakapapa 22 Aug

Mt Hutt had 350 kids up yesterday. 1,2 er..... 3 oh no that's a rock.

Thank goodness for snowmaking and trails on the rockgarden, otherwise the run would be living up to it's name. Great top to bottom riding now.


PRO FILES

NZ Season Update in Carl Murphy

First of all I need to apologise for my lack of updates. This season has been super busy and for all of you who follow my blog, I will make sure I keep it more up to date from now on.. Read more...

 

LATEST NEWS

K2 Big Mountain CHILL Series - Day One Wrap up, results & photos

Day one of the K2 Big Mountain CHILL saw plenty of gnarliness and all round good times. A small dusting overnight did little to soften the conditions and with a full entry field, the skiing was tough come day end. Read more...

World Cup athletes ready to impress

With the Summer Olympic athletes resting from their recent achievements it is time for the winter snow sports professionals to take centre stage for the FIS Snowboard and Freestyle Ski Halfpipe World Cups at Cardrona Alpine Resort this week. Read more...

2012 Winners Announced at World Heli Challenge's ION Showcase Awards and Canon Shootout

Skier Jacqui Edgerly (USA) and Snowboarder Will Jackways (NZ) took centre stage at the World Heli Challenge ION Showcase Awards tonight (August 16) where they were named the X Factor Awardees for World Heli Challenge 2012, as another successful World Heli Challenge came to an end. Read more...
 

WEEKEND WEATHER

Ski Area Fri 24thSat 25thSun 26th
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Taranakidaycleardaycleardaycleardaypartclouddaylightraindaycloud
Nelson / St Arnauddaycleardaycleardaypartclouddaypartclouddaylightsnowdaylightsnow
North Canterburydaycleardaycleardaypartclouddaypartclouddayclouddaycloud
Canterburydaycleardaycleardaypartclouddaypartclouddaysnowshowersdayclear
The MacKenziedaypartclouddaypartclouddaysnowshowersdaysnowshowersdaysnowshowersdaysnowshowers
Wanakadaypartclouddaypartclouddaypartclouddaysnowshowersdaysnowshowersdaysnowshowers
Queenstowndaypartclouddaypartclouddaypartclouddayrainshowersdaysnowshowersdaysnowshowers

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

 

SNOW TV

Daily Dump Chill Big Mountain Day 1

Cardies Weekly Snow Update - 17th August 2012

Turoa Last Week

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We have 2 competitions running at the moment!!

You can be into win a Hybrid Binding Pack. Lets be honest, riding with a backpack isnt ideal, and Hybrid Binding packs take care of this! The Hybrid Bindingpack is the most lightweight gear pack for snowboarding on the market, and keeps your valuables very secure!

For the confident men (and women!) out there who want to rock a wollen beard Beardo NZ have hooked us up with 4 beanies and detachable beards to go along with them! Perfect for those who want to keep their face warm in style - and even better for those of us who struggle to grow an effective all encampassing natural beard over winter!! Check them out here.

Our first winner of a Beardo is Nelson Esobar! Congrats Nelson, and we really do hope you wear it in "everyday working life in the office" like your entry says!

Helly Hansen kindly gave as a Breacan jacket to give away this year. We are please to be able to give this too Gordon Smart of Wellington! All Kiwis need to know HellyHansen.com.au now ships to New Zealand, so get online and check out their winter specials running NOW!

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