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As the USA celebrates their Independence Day many in NZ are looking forward to a fantastic weekend in the mountains. Perfect early snow conditions at most areas and the superb weather forecast will see thousands flock to the slopes to enjoy the alpine atmosphere this weekend.

There is a big high pressure system due over New Zealand this weekend which will make it easy for Bens Weather Prediction, although he is very good with the details. If a basic weather icon (with a bit more detail) is more your thing, then check out the Snowco forecast provided by snow-forecast .com. Whoever you get your weather from this weekend it is going to be fine. There, I've said it... again. So get your gear out an start planning your trip.

This weekend in the NZ Snow Sports Events Calendar there's lots on wherever you are for the second week of the school holidays; Rainbow - MoreFM family fun day, Hanmer - Opening of their new facilities, Castle Hill - Mel Parsons Concert, Hutt - Sunday race series, Coronet - Browns Ski Shop demo day, Remarkables - Streets Shred Mini Shred Series. If you're in Wanaka then don't miss the NZ Mountain Film Festival starting tomorrow and early next week sees the 13th Annual Mini Games X-Games at Whakapapa.

Remember also, if you haven't visited Snowco for a while you need to be in to win with our competitions. We are currently offering up a pair of Smartwool ski socks, a Breacan Jacket from Helly Hanson and three Old Mout Berry Cider prizes.

TAKE PART WITH US THIS WINTER. The Snowco forums are buzzing with comments and commentary. Oh and you REALLY need to like Snowco on Facebook to get the latest right to your wall.

If you are looking for the most cost effective way to ski or board this winter check out our ski pass page where you can see a comparison of what the commercial areas, and club fields charge and then link directly to the ski areas pricing page. See if a multiday pass is a better option than a package deal.

If anyone is looking to rent desk space in Auckland we have a few spaces in our office in Ponsonby. Cheap as chips and we can talk snow all day!

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!

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor

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SHOTS OF THE DAY

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Lyndon Sheehan's mandatory early season hand plant on a cool feature.

Cardrona's Pengi... Showing us how it's done in CardronaParksNZ Playzone Park! GO PENGI!!!

Opening Powder Weekend....the best start to the ski season I can remember in a very long time. Photo by Paul Swettenham.

School holidays at Broken River never looked so good.


LATEST NEWS

Opening Week at Cardrona

It has been a good opening for Cardrona. Bluebird days mixed in along with a few stormy days and fresh snowfall in-between. Captain's basin opened later in the week and a few snow storms have provided a solid base with well groomed trails. Read more...

Pro Files - Southern Sessions - Mt Olympus Opening

This weekend brought the opening of the rest of the club fields and the options were endless. A hard decision to make but Mt Olympus came out on top fuelled by the need to return after missing out last New Zealand winter. Read more...

Festival's Decenary Celebrations start Friday

What separates the Wanaka and Queenstown's NZ Mountain Film Festival from the other festivals in NZ and around the world? Read more...

Perfect conditions for opening weekend and ice sculpting

Blue skies, dry, chalky snow and not a breath of wind created the ideal conditions for the ZUMWOHL on Ice sculpting competition and hundreds of snow sports enthusiasts for Treble Cone's opening weekend. Read more...

Mother Nature provides perfect start to winter in Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka, recently named amongst the top 25 ski resort towns in the world by National Geographic Magazine, is poised to live up to its reputation. Mother Nature has provided a perfect start to the 2012 winter season, delivering over 50 centimetres of fresh powder to the region this week. Read more...
 

WEEKEND WEATHER

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Nelson / St Arnauddaylightsnowdaylightsnowdaycleardaycleardaycleardayclear
North Canterburydaylightsnowdaylightsnowdaycleardaycleardaycleardayclear
Canterburydaypartclouddaypartclouddaycleardaycleardaycleardayclear
The MacKenziedaycleardaycleardaycleardaycleardaycleardayclear
Wanakadaycleardaycleardaycleardaycleardaycleardayclear
Queenstowndaycleardaycleardaycleardaycleardaycleardayclear

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


SNOW TV

Treble Cone Week One

Highlights from the 2012 AMEX Queenstown Winter Fest

Mt Ruapehu July 1st Update

ADVERTORIALS

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.

www.surfsnow.co.nz

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...

Give it a go - skinning!

Breathtaking sunrises and deserted slopes. It's the latest craze, skinning to the peak at the crack of dawn. Getting out of bed is the hardest task, once you're on the snow the rest is easy. Don't be scared, skinning isn't as painful as it sounds. It's the best way to get yourself uphill without a lift, and opens the doors to a whole new world of adventure.

Getting started is simple, grab some rental gear for your first time, then when you're in love set yourself up with some tour bindings and some skins. Before heading into the backcountry get skilled up, groomed slopes are one world, outside the boundary is another.

Liftie

Check us out for great deals on Lift tickets, Heli-Skiing and more. Liftie is a new snow deal site that has teamed up with Resorts and HeliSki operators. Make the most of the recent snow and get your powder turns! Currently in stock: 30% off 4 Run HeliSki days ex Queenstown. 25% off Broken River 1 & 2 night Lift Pass, Lodging & Meal packages between 15th & 27th of July. Browse other lift pass deals from 40% off at Broken River, Hanmer Springs and Tukino.

More inventory and more mountains coming soon!

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SUMMARY & COMPS

WIN some awesome K2 Skis!

All you need to do is LIKE our snow.co.nz Facebook page and answer "What is the K2 brand named after?" Too easy!

Snowco has tickets to the 2012 Warren Miller screenings to giveaway!

The pressure is off. No one is watching. It's just you, your boards and the mountain. The weather has broken and the snow is untracked. . . . ski, shred, huck, bomb, launch, spin, charge . . . Like There's No Tomorrow. Which viewing would you like tickets to if we draw your name out?

WIN a Helly Hansen Snow jacket!

Helly Hansen have hooked us up with a Breacan Jacket to give away! Bringing stand-out-style to the slopes. Colourful and subtle checks paired with performance fabrics, insulation and features. Enter here...

WIN a Panasonic FT20 Lumix Camera

Not for the faint hearted, the brand new cameras offer leading compact camera technology in a tough little package. Enter here...

WIN a pair of SmartWool PhD Ski Socks

We have one pair of SmartWool Ski Socks to Giveaway PER WEEK! Enter here...


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