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What a week it's been! Rain devastated the snowpack across the country. Like for many we had a huge early season so on-piste is still viable in most areas. The conditions have kept the ski and board area staff busy doing everything from the usual to shovelling snow onto t-bar and rope lines and rebuilding washed out access roads. I have been reporting for 17 years and I cannot remember there being such a swing in conditions, from the big freeze to the big rain in a single day.

Manganui, Hanmer Springs, Temple Basin, Fox Peak and Dobson are all closed until they get more snow. We haven't heard from Tukino. Olympus is waiting for its snowpack to consolidate; Craigieburn is up on the mountain again today, further evaluating conditions. Towlines will continue to be shovelled and they are trying for a possible opening tomorrow or this weekend. Warm temperatures up the hills are not helping. Rainbow has had a massive slip across their road and has been working all week rebuilding the section. They are still evaluating if the t-bar will open this weekend. One thing is for sure staff are working long hours to dig out washouts, move snow around and everything else possible to get areas open.

Mt Ruapehu staff have been working as hard as anyone to rebuild the runs. At Whakapapa, the Valley T-Bar, Knoll Ridge T-Bar & Waterfall Express are all be back operational (albeit with slightly narrow trails). The Waterfall T-Bar, and West, will remain closed for further assessment and rebuilding of runs due to rain damage. At Turoa, the Wintergarden Platter and Nga Wai Heke chair are closed due to rain damage on trails. The Mother Terrain Park is open but the Nitro Elan Jib Nationals have been postponed until August 11th. The snow is melt freeze which means that it freezes overnight and then thaws in the morning. Keep an eye on the temperatures on the morning report, if they are below zero, there's no rush, have another coffee and head up later for the spring corn snow.

Coronet Peak's night skiing if also cancelled this weekend due to the warm conditions. All other ski and board areas have opened most of their on-piste terrain but there is next to no off-piste snow below 2000m at the moment. The forecast is for continued fine settled conditions until Sunday in the north. Find out at Bens Weather Prediction why Ben is getting excited about the end of this month. Also check out the Snowco forecast provided by snow-forecast.com for a good overview.

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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Great day at the Farm today, clear skies, a mini wind and firm under foot. Main St and Highlander freshly groomed, looking to be a pretty choice day. Photo of the Norm Dawg Sally Norman, at the helm yesterday!

Looking down from the Summit into the Saddle Basin. Nice bit of new coverage from the windblown snow of last night.

Looks like winter at Mt Hutt!

No mention of the dreaded R word at Coronet Peak today


School Holidays at Cardrona in WhiteOut

A great time on the mountain was had by everyone during last weeks School Holidays. Here are some shots from Cardrona on yet another bluebird super sunny day! Read more...

Tom Brownlee, Scoop & Splice - CHILL Blog in Licenced to CHILL

The week before the Clubbies opened I found myself devising a plan with Charlie Lyons and Nick ‘Sauce' Aubrey on how to get up to the playground with the fluffy goodness before everyone else.. Read more...

Forecast Update 18th July in Bens Weather Predictions

Should be a good week on the slopes with mostly fine and sunny conditions. Weather patterns are starting to improve with more consistent cold fronts due from next Wednesday. Read more...

NZ Distributors Collaborate to Sponsor The North Face Freeski Open

In a true example of the Kiwi spirit, NZ Distributors have banded together to sponsor The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand. The new brands sponsoring the event: Atomic, Rossignol, Salomon, Smith and Volkl, ensure that this year's competition will be of the highest calibre.. Read more...


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



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- Fantastic purpose built ski-in-ski-out facilities.
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School Holidays at Mt Hutt - Good Times!

Lyndon Sheehan - Early season at SnowPark

TC Cat's birthday and more.


Outside Sports

Not tuning your gear is like running your car with no oil. Tune it for more fun, control and confidence, plus your gear will last longer and perform better. Waxing protects your base from the harsh manmade snow, you'll turn easier, stick less and speed down the slopes. Sharpen the edges too for fantastic traction, unbeatable turning power and you can take on whatever conditions the mountain throws at you. There's ice out there be prepared. Visit the Outside Sports workshop for a quick tune and then send it!

Nokian Tyres

No matter how many safety features your vehicle has, it is the tyres that determine how it drives and handles on snow and ice. All Nokian winter tyres reach the snow performance standards, illustrated by the snowflake on the mountain peak symbol. Nokian winter tyres can now be delivered direct to your home or business by Fedex, with no surcharge for the air freight costs. Email info@snowtyres.com.au with the tyre size for your quotation.


Surf N Snow

It's dumping at Surf N Snow. FREE BINDINGS with all 2012 Boards (excluding some items). We are also offering up to 50% OFF 2011 jackets and pants, and 2011 boot prices are slashed! Mention the txt and get a wax & edge service for just $15! For real service come in and smell the wax at Surf N Snow 45 Cuba St. Phone 04 4733371. Stockists of Capita, Lib Tech, Gnu, Union, Nike, Lobster, Burton, Thirtytwo, Yes, Analog and Forum.



Liftie helps you get up the hill at discounted rates if you are prepared to book in advance and commit to a specific ski day. We are trying to offer you the best deals available in the snow sport industry so you can get up the hill more often. It is kind of like booking a cheap flight, if you see a good price on a day that suits then lock in that lift ticket and commit to getting on the mountain that day.

More inventory and more mountains coming soon!



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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