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Skia ora *|FNAME|*,

Well, there is still no significant snow falls in the forecast but the ski areas that have snowmaking are pumping it out day and night as conditions remain cold. Mt Ruapehu is looking a little whiter with the top t-bars now open and the Far West looking to open in the next few days at Whakapapa. At Turoa snow conditions on the upper mountain are the "best they have had so far this season" but "trails are still narrow so take care". Manganui has just had new snow (it's still snowing at time of writing) and is open for business again.

Rainbow in the top of the South, and Porters in Canterbury, are in a similar position with the partial opening of their t-bars. Primo snowmaking conditions though have made sure that what is open is fantastic for beginners and intermediate riders... and they are only charging beginner pass rates. Mt Hutt's base is growing and is claiming its "best day since opening" today. Further South is also looking better with Dobson & Roundhill open and, GREAT snow conditions at Ohau who got the best from the last storm. Everything is open in the Southern Lakes, mostly still on-piste only but some perfectly good off-piste at higher altitudes. (Captain's Basin at Cardrona & Saddle Basin at Treble Cone). Keep an eye on the New Zealand Snow Forecasts to see if any more snow is on the way.

Editor's note: Don't put off your skiing because you hear that there is no snow, get up there and see for yourself. I am writing this from up at Treble Cone, there is some really good runs to be had and snowmaking on the lower slopes is making the on-piste riding as good as ever.

It's all about the kids this weekend as the NZ & Aussie school holidays draw to a close. Whether it's the Volcom Peanut Butter and Rail Jam at Cardrona, the Junior Interfield Series at Coronet Peak & Turoa or a school holiday programme event somewhere else, have fun. If you're involved you already know all about these events, if not, check out what's going on at your local ski area on the NZ Snow Sports Events Calendar.

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WEEKEND WEATHER

North Island:

Egmont National Park: Occasional snow showers, mainly in the south, clearing overnight. Mainly fine tomorrow. Tongariro National Park: Fine, apart from a few snow showers clearing tonight. Winds: Strong southerlies, rising to gale in exposed places in the east this evening, easing tomorrow.
FREEZING LEVEL: 1000 metres, rising to 1400 metres in the north tomorrow.
Saturday: Cloudy or becoming cloudy, with showers developing later. Southerlies picking up. FREEZING LEVEL: 1800 metres.
Sunday: Southerlies, strong in exposed places. FREEZING LEVEL: 1600 metres in the northeast, lowering to 1200 metres in the south.

South Island:

Nelson Lakes Nationals parks: Fine today. Cloudy periods tomorrow, and a few snow showers developing in the afternoon. Southern Alps and the Kaikoura ranges: Fine, however, cloud increasing tonight and snow showers developing becoming frequent and heavier tomorrow afternoon. FREEZING LEVEL: 1200 metres in the west sloping to 800 metres in the east.
Saturday: Snow showers spreading as far north as Mount Cook by the end of the day. Mainly fine further north. Southerlies developing. FREEZING LEVEL: 1000 metres in the east, sloping up to 1600 metres in the west.
Sunday: Occasional snow showers, easing in the south later. FREEZING LEVEL: 900 metres

Ski Area Fri 18th Sat 19th Sun 20th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu dayclear dayclear daypartcloud dayclear daylightsnow daylightsnow
Taranaki dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear daypartcloud daysnowshowers
Nelson / St Arnaud dayclear dayclear daypartcloud dayclear daypartcloud dayclear
North Canterbury dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear daylightsnow dayclear
Canterbury dayclear dayclear daycloud daycloud dayclear dayclear
The MacKenzie dayclear daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear daypartcloud dayclear
Wanaka dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
Queenstown dayclear dayclear dayclear daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear

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

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