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Another BIG spring storm passes through; areas in the north are still copping it and lift closing winds still prevail as far south as the Two Thumbs Range today. Amazingly winds will ease and conditions will improve from now on, with Sunday looking fine and calm over the entire country. In the south, a tongue of bad will lick the south west corner of the country through Saturday. The good news is that it will mostly affect the west, the winds will be lighter and there will be new snow around. There's a gap in the weather so pack your ski and board gear and hit the road!!

Just a reminder that there is just three more weeks to go in the South Island with most areas closing their doors after the first week of the School Holidays. The exceptions being Mt Hutt (Oct 13th) and Broken River (TBA, late in Oct). Of course the big mountain retains its snow longer with Whakapapa usually staying open until Labour Weekend (26-28th Oct) and Turoa until the end of the first week in November (TBC). A heads up, Mt Ruapehu will be selling their 2014 season passes during October.

Last Chance! Draw is tomorrow! Win a snowboard with Corona and Snowco! This month, Corona and Snowco brings you the chance to win a branded Burton Snowboard of your own. This Burton snowboard with classic Corona branded top-sheet is 157cms long and valued at $680. Just click the image below and answer the simple question: Tell us, "Where You'd Rather Be."
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In our last Internet Poll 78% of voters said they'd ride this spring. And too right because it is the BEST TIME TO GET UP THERE!! If you have any idea for our next poll, drop us a line.

Snowvision is holding a blind auction with all of the proceeds going to their charitable trust, the Snowvision Foundation. Bid for a Silver Star Mountain Resort Family Season’s Pass, BC, Canada. Valued at $2,500. (Click on the title to bid.) All proceeds go to The Snowvision Foundation. BID HERE !! (Click the title to get to the bidding form)

What's coming up in The New Zealand Snow Sports Events Calendar?
ON SATURDAY:
The Base Triple Comp at Treble Cone
Pirate Day and Pirate Party at Cheeseman
'King of the Hill' Ski Randonee Endurance Race at Broken River
Tongariro Juniors and Interclub at Whakapapa
ON SUNDAY:
North Island Inter-Secondary School Champs at Turoa
World Famous Beck's Oktoberfest at Porters
FROM MONDAY:
The BIG event to watch next week is the Whakapapa Xtreme Comp. This 3* Freeride World Tour Qualifier put Mt Ruapehu on the map in the Big Mountain Freeride World. Competitors ride the gnarliest terrain Whakapapa Ski Area can offer and are judged over a several days to claim stake to bragging rights and massive winnings. The Event will run on the best 3 weather days out of the 5 days available. Helmets, spinal protection, back packs, ice axe and crampons are mandatory.

TAKE PART WITH US THIS WINTER. The Snowco forums are buzzing with comments and commentary. Also, remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor

p.s. A big shout out to Brandex and Atomic who saved my bacon. Thanks for the loan of the demo skis for my family holiday after my old skis finally gave up the will to carry me any further.

WHAT'S HOT

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SHOTS OF THE DAY

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Freshies in the Pow, get here now! "Rocky is going off, best skiing of the season" Editors Note: This is certainly a season with winter at both ends. Posted by coronet

We've woken up to a blanket of 5cms of snow across the mountain and there are off-piste pockets which are much deeper. Riding has been awesome up here since we've had some consistent snow the past 2 weeks and there's more to fo Posted by coronet

This image needs no words. Editors Note: Ummm I think two. Posted by whakapapa

Love the skis, love the shot. Posted by olympus


LATEST NEWS

Black Diamond Big Mountain Competition - PROFILES - BRIAR PETERS

Although unable to compete I was lucky enough to get to Temple Basin to watch the second competition of the chill series, heres what went down at the Black Diamond Big Mountain Competition. The chill series is a series of competitions that began way back in 1999 where it started with 5 competitions at 5 different ski areas across one week. The Chill series is run by the Canterbury based snow business ‘Chill' that also runs a multi-mountain ski pass including up to 13 different ski areas in the Southern Alps. Read more...

World Heli Challenge 2013 - PROFILES - BRIAR PETERS

From the 4th to the 17th of August 2013 the World Heli Challenge went down in Wanaka NZ. I was lucky enough to be a part of this great event! The World Heli Challenge 2013 (WHC) started with registration night at the Lone Star in Wanaka where we were welcomed, introduced to everyone and the heli that had landed in the car park, given a briefing on what was to happen, and administered our goody bags (that included remote control helicopters, Ion POV cameras, genie wallets, and a WHC hoody). Read more...

Safety decision Closes Mt Hutt with Guests on Mountain

A combination of drifting snow and poor visibility has lead to Canterbury’s Mt Hutt ski area closing the access road with a total of 316 guests still on the mountain. Mt Hutt ski area manager James McKenzie said while ski area management had been aware of an approaching front and a poor forecast for today (Wednesday September 4) the situation deteriorated "pretty quickly". Read more...

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WEEKEND WEATHER

Ski Area Fri 13th Sat 14th Sun 15th
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Taranaki dayclear daylightsnow dayclear daysnowshowers daylightsnow daysnowshowers
Nelson / St Arnaud daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear daysnowshowers dayclear daypartcloud
North Canterbury daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear
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The MacKenzie daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear
Wanaka daylightsnow daylightsnow daysnowshowers daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear
Queenstown daysnowshowers daylightsnow daysnowshowers daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear

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

SNOW TV

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2013 Black Diamond CHILL Series - Temple Basin


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