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Skia ora *|FNAME|*,

It always astounds me how the weather and snow forecasting works. This week was a prime example of the forecasters not really knowing what it going on (7 days out) and spouting data from a computer model. Personally I try to relay information to you, interpreted from about six of these computer models so at least you know that someone has thought about it. As we predicted earlier this week (when everyone was shouting POW DAY on Facebook), regretfully the freezing levels are too high to benefit many ski area parking lots. There is snow forecast for this weekend to low levels but not before heavy rains take their toll. Don't get me wrong, the freezing levels in Otago don't look too bad but they will still get a little rain through the middle of the cycle. We may get 25cm at upper levels in Otago but don't expect that across the board.

If you haven't been to the mountains this season then you're missing out because most ski areas with snowmaking have done a supreme job of keeping pistes open and punters happy. I personally had some great days at Treble Cone earlier in July. Three weeks ago we said, "don't write the season off just yet". I am still hopeful and we are not cancelling any trips. If it's open we're there because the worst day in the mountains is still better than the best day in town! More forecast info below.

There are tonnes of events on this weekend:
Friday: New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine 60th Issue Party in Wanaka
Saturday: Adaptive Snowsports Otago Branch Trip and, Burton Snowbroads at The Remarks, Roundhill 80's Day, Women's Workshop Weekend at Porters,
Saturday or Sunday: Ram's Head Downhill and Family Fun Day at Hanmer Springs. The Nitro & Elan Rail Jam at Turoa, Christiania Derby at Whakapapa ( I suspect that they will use the weather day on Sunday at Hanmer and Ruapehu)
Feature Event: The Merino Muster - A New Zealand High Country Ski Adventure.​ Merino Muster is the Snow Farm's headline event! This mass start event has something for everyone with novices lining up along side international elite athletes. For the more relaxed athlete there is the 7 km course around Merino Glen which most people manage on their first day of nordic skiing. The 21 km course travels around Merino Glen and then out around River Run and back on The Loop. For the experienced cross country skier there is the 42 km Marathon which covers the 21km course and then heads out through Hanging Valley and then back around the Loop for a second time. Lead-up from next Thursday, event next Saturday..

In the South it is a hat and goggles day on Saturday and is looking good for Sunday. The North Island, the winds will drop for Sunday, enjoy the new snow at the end of this storm cycle!
Scotty - Snow Editor

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WEEKEND WEATHER

North Island:

Egmont and Tongariro National Parks: Occasional showers. Winds: Northwesterlies, gale in exposed places. FREEZING LEVEL: 2300 metres rising to 2800 metres.
Saturday: Rain for most places, heavy falls developing about Egmont. Northwesterlies rising to severe gale. FREEZING LEVEL: 2800 metres.
Sunday: Rain becoming heavier and more persistent, then easing to showers. Northwesterlies abating. FREEZING LEVEL: 2700 metres in the northeast, lowering to 1600 metres in the west and south.

South Island:

Kaikoura Ranges: Fine with high cloud. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks: Occasional rain developing in the west this morning, spreading to Nelson Lakes this afternoon. The Southern Alps and Fiordland Mountains: Rain, with some heavy falls, and isolated thunderstorms this morning. Snow to 1000 metres in Fiordland and to 1300 metres about the Alps at first, then snow level gradually lifting. Winds: Gale northwesterlies, severe gale in exposed places at times, especially about the Southern Alps and Fiordland. FREEZING LEVEL: 2000 metres sloping to 1300 metres in the south, rising to about 2400 metres tonight.
Saturday: Rain, with heavy falls in the west, easing from the south to showers, snow lowering to 1500 metres at Arthurs Pass and to 500 metres in Fiordland. Mainly dry about the Kaikoura Ranges. Gale or severe gale northwesterlies abating,dying out at low levels. FREEZING LEVEL: 3000 metres in the east, lowering to 2600 metres in the north and 800 metres in fiordland.
Sunday: Southwesterlies and showers about the Kaikoura Ranges, with snow lowering to 800 metres. Showers elsewhere clearing with winds becoming light FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 1400 metres in the north, sloping to 800 metres in the south.

Ski Area Fri 1st Sat 2nd Sun 3rd
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu dayclear dayrainshowers daylightrain daylightrain daylightsnow daylightsnow
Taranaki dayclear dayrainshowers dayheavyrain dayheavyrain daylightrain daysnowshowers
Nelson / St Arnaud daylightrain dayrainshowers dayrainshowers dayrainshowers daypartcloud daysnowshowers
North Canterbury daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear dayrainshowers daylightsnow daysnowshowers
Canterbury daypartcloud dayrainshowers daylightrain daylightsnow daymodsnow daysnowshowers
The MacKenzie daylightrain dayrainshowers daylightsnow daylightsnow daysnowshowers dayclear
Wanaka daylightrain daylightrain daylightsnow daylightsnow daysnowshowers dayclear
Queenstown daypartcloud dayrainshowers daylightsnow daylightsnow daypartcloud dayclear

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



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