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If you are a weekend warrior in the North Island you will be getting sick and tired of these weekend blizzards. Sorry folks, it's 'Groundhog Weekend'. Snow will be falling down to somewhere around Hutt Flat and the Wintergarden. With heavy rain/snow forecast from Friday until Sunday it will put another dampener on your weekend in the North. Unfortunately the freezing level will also be to low for Manganui and Rainbow with heavy northerly rain forecast for tomorrow and the weekend at Manganui, although conditions should clear at Rainbow on Saturday before returning from the southeast on Sunday.

Perhaps it would be a good weekend to head to Snowplanet or watch the Burton Open Live on the web . The Slopestyle final is on Friday from 9:00am and the Halfpipe final is on Saturday also from 9:00am. With 7 years already under its belt, the New Zealand Open kick-starts Burton's 2011 Global Open Series. If you want to see some of the best snowboarders in the world getting impossible air and fitting in impossible tricks then get in front of your computer tomorrow morning. Comprising of Half Pipe and Slopestyle disciplines the 2010 Burton New Zealand Open yet again promises to be the pinnacle of the New Zealand winter calendar. The weather forecast for the Open looks great with light winds and mostly fine conditions, just a little cloud on Saturday afternoon.

Likewise the entire Southern Lakes area will get a pretty nice weekend with frosty mornings and clear calm conditions. All six ski & board areas have been having a great season with consistently stable weather, the snow arrived early and snow depths have remained average compared with previous years. For a completely different experience, check out the night riding from 5:00 until 9:00pm at Coronet and Snowpark. A little rain tomorrow should turn to heavier snow by the afternoon setting the MacKenzie country up nicely for a mostly fine weekend. Roundhill has a busy one with the Alpine Junior InterField Cup Series in town and also their annual Chinese Downhill on ‘The Wall’.

Canterbury... well, there’s no sweet way to say it. Tomorrow is a washout with strong nor-westers and rain (heavier in the west), a freezing level of 2800m dropping to 2400m later in the day. Saturday looks great although it is anyone’s guess what rain will do to the current wind affected powder off-piste. It depends how high, and how far west you go. On-piste, no doubt conditions will be great. Sunday will start fine with some snow due from the South east in the afternoon.

Wherever you are in the country, get outside and enjoy the mountains, we are so lucky to have them in our backyard. Get into it, have fun and be safe.

WHAT'S HOT

LUMIX SHOTS OF THE WEEK

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Fresh tracks down the backside of Coronet Peak

Remarkables Yesterday. The hike up was well worth it

Turoa, heading down from the top

TC Summit Freshies

WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 13th Sat 14th Sun 15th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu Light Snow Moderate Rain Heavy Rain Moderate Rain Light Rain Light Snow
Taranaki Heavy Snow Heavy Rain Moderate Rain Light Rain Light Rain Overcast
Nelson / St Arnaud Moderate Rain Moderate Rain Overcast Overcast Light Rain Light Rain
North Canterbury Overcast Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Light Snow Light Snow
Canterbury Light Rain Light Rain Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Light Snow
The MacKenzie Light Rain Light Rain Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Overcast
Wanaka Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Clear Skies
Queenstown Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast

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LATEST NEWS

Mt Hutt Struck by Avalanche

An avalanche struck the South Face at Mt Hutt Ski Area today. Read more...

Henshaw Unseats Brown in Epic Slopestyle Final

Once again this year, the Volkl Freeski Open earned its reputation as one of freeskiing’s most progressive events as both the men and the women unveiled new tricks and combinations never before seen in competition. Read more...

Young and Talented Compete at Mt Hutt

Full of youth and setting alight the slopes of the ‘Capital of Speed’ during the National Youth Series at Mt Hutt on Friday (6 August) and Saturday (7 August) were more than 70 of New Zealand’s top young alpine skiers. Read more...

Burton New Zealand Open Kicks Off With Slopestyle

There was plenty of action on day one of competition at the Burton New Zealand Open with Slopestyle pre-qualifiers and qualifiers taking place under perfect blue skies at Cardrona Alpine Resort. Read more...

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SUMMARY & COMPS

We have put together an extensive events calendar to help with everything winter. Check it out here .

Our '2010 Cr*ppiest pair of skis' photo comp courtesy of Nordica is in full swing and looking well lets say cr*p - With plenty of entries so far… comp closes end of August so still a chance to post your own shot. Post one here .

We have a Qtown Heli Ski experience up for grabs

Last but not least don't forget the mean Japan Ski Holiday up for grabs courtesy of DiveFishSnow Travel

Enter HERE now and good luck!

See you on the Snow

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