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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."
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?
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
North Island Inter-Secondary School Champs at Turoa
World Famous Beck's Oktoberfest at Porters
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.