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Conditions are pretty good under ski and board considering. It has been unseasonally spring like over the entire country in the last week. Snowlines have been receding fast and melt freeze conditions have prevailed. There is still some great spring riding to be had in the South Island (Te Waipounamu) while those that have visited will know that RAL has been doing an amazing job making and harvesting huge amounts of snow to keep the runs open top to bottom at this stage. Also the far west t-bar is now open for business for the more advanced riders.

The forecast for the weekend is for "a warm rinse from a top loader" (thanks for the colourful metaphor Jim) Ruapehu is in for a drenching from tomorrow morning that will last through the weekend. Snow will fall above about 2000m. The weather will reach Rainbow by the weekend bringing rain below 1800m but less wind. The good news is that the further south you go, the lower the freezing levels get so ski areas further south should receive about 5cms of new snow down to about 1700m. A wet one but less wind in the south.

If you were wondering what the Snowgram is on the homepage, we are using Instagram to produce the feed. We follow ski areas and NZ snowsports personalities.  you can follow us here or, if you would like to publish your snow photo on the slider simply hashtag us #snowconz. Alternatively you can post images in our shot of the day gallery here.

Internet Poll: We think that NZ should celebrate a mid-winter 'Christmas' party. We have suggested four dates, The most popular one is next weekend. What do you think? - VOTE HERE

Make sure that you check out the go on the snow. The New Zealand Snow Sports Events Calendar is updated regularly. Some upcoming key events (weather permitting) are;

On Saturday:
Roundhill Retro day
Mini & Midi Merinos and, biathlon sprint and long distance race at Snowfarm
Christiana Derby teams racing at Whakapapa
On Sunday:
Locals Day at Snowfarm
This weekend:
Land Rover Mt Hutt Masters - the oldies will be strutting their stuff.
Mt Hutt 40th Year Anniversary Celebrations
The World Heli Challenge kicks off on the next fine day between now & the 17th
Gnomes Rossi/Armada Women's Workshop Weekend at Porters

TAKE PART WITH US THIS WINTER. The Snowco forums are buzzing with comments and commentary.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor

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SHOTS OF THE DAY

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A great shot of Sierra Quitiquit scoping out an interesting line at Treble Cone
Photo: Mickey Ross

Holy flying snowmen batman!! Posted by cardrona.

Nicola Campbell looking rather stoked about her Heli-ski day with Harris Mountains Heliski 

OMG that snowman is chasing that penguin !!
Posted by Cardrona


LATEST NEWS

Brilliant Groomed Trails in The Saddle Basin

The groomed trails are in great shape in the Saddle at Treble Cone, and being enjoyed in blue bird conditions. The below photos were all taken this morning and show that there's heaps of snow on and off-piste in the Saddle Basin. The groomed trails including South Ridge, Saddle Back, Raffils, and Pete's Treat in the Saddle have fresh corduroy daily to be enjoyed. Plus the rails in the Jazz Intermediate Park are looking good. Read more...

Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ 2013 Draws Huge Global TV Audience

lobal television coverage of next month’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ will reach an audience approaching one billion households as the world’s best snow sports athletes compete against the stunning backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. For the first time ever the action is free-to-air for New Zealand viewers. Read more...

From the Pisa's to Turoa - PRO-FILER Mission Wow

Weather conditions on Saturday meant a quick change of plans for Mission WOW - instead of Treble Cone, the group set off for the Pisa range... As much as everyone was looking forward to getting into TC's backcountry, touring safely means being flexible with your plans - sometimes instead of touring you need to stay home and drink hot chocolate, sometimes a change of destination is required. This Saturday the group opted for the Pisa range where the weather looked a little less menacing.. Read more...

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WEEKEND WEATHER

Ski Area Fri 2nd Sat 3rd Sun 4th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu daylightsnow daylightsnow daycloud daylightrain dayheavyrain daylightrain
Taranaki daylightrain daylightrain daycloud daylightrain daylightrain dayclear
Nelson / St Arnaud dayclear daypartcloud daysnowshowers dayrainshowers daymodrain daylightrain
North Canterbury dayclear daysnowshowers daylightsnow daylightrain daymodrain daylightrain
Canterbury daypartcloud daypartcloud daylightsnow daypartcloud daylightsnow daysnowshowers
The MacKenzie daycloud daypartcloud daylightsnow daylightsnow daysnowshowers dayclear
Wanaka daycloud daycloud daylightsnow daylightsnow dayclear dayclear
Queenstown daypartcloud daycloud daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear dayclear

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

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