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We're on the spring side of the shortest days now and it traditionally gets colder with more storms from now on. Is that possible? This is the earliest and most consistent that snow has fallen to low levels for many many years.

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival has been rocking Queenstown all week with crazy people jumping in lakes, Coronet taken over by mountain bikes and dogs, huge fireworks, entertainment and celebrations. It has been a special year for the festival, with snow to low levels all week it has really felt like an alpine resort. The other event on the Snowsports calendar is the Snow Industries Federation 'Welcome to Winter' demo day with all of the latest gear to take for a test drive, ride with a pro, or coach and on-hill music and entertainment. Get yourself up there if you're in the area.

All New Zealand ski and board areas will be open by Monday. The school holidays kicks off with record snowpack depths. The next two weeks are going to be HUGE. There are school holiday events and programs at most ski and board areas. The snow condition is cold and dry across the country with some 'hard and fast' (not ice) on some man made slopes.

The new Snowco forecast is promising sun for this weekend. Our meteorologist Ben agrees with a long term prognosis for more snow next week!

I don't want to be a spoil sport for the weekend but it's going to be cold and there is snow to low levels. Layer up, carry chains and take care on the roads. Check for road warnings here, and the Avalanche Hazard Advisory here if you are planning to go out of bounds. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!! It's going to be legendary.

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.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor

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SHOTS OF THE DAY

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Cardrona Valley looking very snowy.

Queenstown is buzzing after overnight snowfalls turned the resort and surrounding mountains into a magical winter wonderland!

First Light at Mt Hutt- Pictures taken by patroller Jeffery Davis

OPENING THIS FRIDAY!! Super excited... 2012 Season almost underway!!


LATEST NEWS

Pro Files - Bens Weather Predictions - Forecast Update 27th June

After a widespread 20-40cm across the south island, further snowfalls today are possible. A high pressure ridge will move in late Thursday which will ensure conditions remain clear and sunny from Friday-Sunday, my pick of the week for skiing . A low will approach from the west on late Monday, at this stage it looks a little warm for snow. Read more...

Huge weekend ahead for festival goers

The final days of the 2012 American Express Queenstown Winter Festival promise to provide plenty of entertainment for festival goers of all ages with some of festival's biggest events scheduled to round out the ten day programme. Read more...

Gales to join snow, ice

Strong winds are expected to lash the South Island today as heavy snow and ice covering parts of the country close roads and make driving treacherous. Read more...

Fresh Snow for Treble Cone opening

A wintry blast overnight brought over 35cms of fresh snow to the South Island's largest ski area, Treble Cone, topping up the snow base in time for opening day on Thursday (28 June). Read more...

Roundhill - Winter has arrived just in time for holidays!

Mother Nature has answered our requests and brought around 30cm snow to Roundhill overnight, with more on its way - Just in time for school holidays!! Read more...
 

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More inventory and more mountains coming soon!

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SUMMARY & COMPS

Keep an eye on our competitions page as we have lots of good stuff from K2, Panasonic, Helly Hansen, and SmartWool! Full details can be seen here and it only takes a minute to enter. Check here next week to see our first winner announcements!

If anyone is looking to rent desk space in Auckland, we have a few spares in our office in Ponsonby. Cheap as chips and we can talk snow (or surf!) all day... Just shoot us an email info@snow.co.nz and come have a look.

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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