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August is event month. The Junior World Heliski Challenge has produced champions; the stars are waiting to shine in the World Heli Challenge and we are just a week away from the biggest event in the Southern Hemisphere. The Audi Quattro Winter GamesNZ will be bursting its way onto your TV screens and our website from next Thursday. More events to follow but you are probably wondering what the weather is looking like for this weekend.

A low pressure system is moving onto the North Island on Saturday, with unsettled weather persisting in the east of the island until early next week. A cold front will move up the South Island affecting mostly the west of the country but will add energy into the low. The top and east of the South Island will get unsettled weather from Sunday and early next week.

So, the current prognosis for the weekend is; Ruapehu; Saturday - snow below 1900m later in the day and for Sunday, snow to 1200m with strong easterlies, easing and turning southerly. Rainbow; Saturday fine, Sunday snow developing & lowering to 1200m (of course for the weekend but they'll take it). The Southern Lakes all the way north to Lyford, morning cloud on Saturday should clear and on Sunday, snow lowering to 1100m.

Snow is predicted on areas closer to the divide with up to 20cms falling in the south, with lesser falls, of about 5cm due for Canterbury fields with 3cm forecast at Rainbow and 5cm at Ruapehu.

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;

Featured Event:
Get your wax out and make sure those skis and boards are in tip-top condition, this weekend offers you the chance to race against your friends and family in the inaugural Bivouac McNulty’s Super-cross at Porters. A recreational event designed for the whole family, intermediate and advanced skiers are invited to take part in this fun race. Registration is $20 per person ($60 per family) and can be completed on the day at the ticket office. More information online at http://snow.co.nz/events/mcnultys-super-cross/, please check Porters snow-report this weekend for the latest details.

On Saturday:
BEN OHOO Highland Games at Ohau
Karl Burtscher Senior Memorial Giant Slalom at Roundhill
Cheeseman Club Champs
The Nitro, Elan & 3CS Rail Jam at Turoa
The Jagermeister Rangatira Alpine Trophy at Whakapapa
The Broken River Ski Rogaine
On Sunday:
Junior Interfields at Treble Cone

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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Pete Oswald throwing a backflip off a clip drop in the Back Bowls at Coronet Peak

An incredible shot of the Mt Hutt 40th Anniversary Celebrations captured by local photographer Bill Irwin

Checking out one of the ice caves with Ski The Tasman

Congratulations to FINN BILOUS for taking out 1st place in the very first Junior World Heli Challenge this year. Nice one FINN! Second place was closely contested and taken out by Hank Bilous with Mitch Reeves taking third.


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WEEKEND WEATHER

Ski Area Fri 9th Sat 10th Sun 11th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
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Taranaki daypartcloud dayclear daypartcloud daypartcloud dayrainshowers daylightsnow
Nelson / St Arnaud daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear dayclear daysnowshowers daylightsnow
North Canterbury daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear dayclear dayrainshowers daylightrain
Canterbury daypartcloud daysnowshowers daypartcloud daypartcloud daypartcloud daycloud
The MacKenzie daycloud daysnowshowers daypartcloud daypartcloud daylightsnow daylightsnow
Wanaka daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow
Queenstown daycloud daylightsnow daylightrain dayrainshowers daylightsnow daylightsnow

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

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