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Skia ora %%First Name%%,

Wow, what a storm! We are just peaking about so much snow being on the ground this early in the season. Some great photos have been submitted to the Snowco Gallery by the ski areas and you alike. Keep them coming here.

Many areas are not yet updating their snow reports but we have heard, from the south that the Queenstown areas have had about 10cm, Wanaka about 10-20cm, McKenzie about 10cm, Mt Hutt and Porters 50cm but further up the Craigieburn range they’ve had 125cm+ !!! There is nothing like over a metre of snow to set-up a good base for the season.

Of course you will only be able to take advantage of the new snow at Coronet and Mt Hutt from this weekend unless you want to hike. Remember to pack snow chains and use them. Take care on those roads, especially in Canterbury where there will be snow on the ground over much of the plains for some days to come. Also with so much snow falling in such a short space of time, and ski patrols not operating until mountains open make sure that you make your intentions know if heading up the hills and check out the avalanche advisory here.

The forecast for the South Island this weekend is for a cold front to whip up the island on Saturday bringing cold showery conditions to mainly the south and west of the island. Somewhat clearer conditions are forecast for Sunday. Dress warmly as we are still in the grip of a southerly flow so the temperatures will be chilly. No doubt both Coronet & Hutt will want to take advantage of these conditions to make snow during the day if they are able.

Proposed Opening Dates:

THIS SATURDAY - Coronet, Hutt
15th - Snowpark
16th - Remarkables, Turoa
20th - Snowpark
22nd - Lyford, Porters, Cardrona
23rd - Whakapapa, Roundhill

For a full list visit the Snowco snow reports . It’s going to be a GREAT season. Take care and have fun.

Take care and get into it this winter.

Scotty - Snow Editor

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