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Snow, snow, snow aye %%First Name%%,

It is confirmed, it is all Sam’s fault! It has been warm and wet. (Well tell us something we don’t know). Sam (the southern annular mode), measures the strength of the polar vortex and this just after I was getting my head around a building La Nina . Apparently it might get cold again, better late than never I say... unless you’re a lamb.

Whakapapa has had 15cms and Turoa 10cms of new snow overnight to below carpark levels. Today is one of those rare occasions this season that you need chains at Whakapapa. For this weekend though if you’re in the North Island it’s groundhog weekend again...again. Oh, I’ve already said that one haven’t I. There is snow forecast for Friday and Saturday, hey it’s better than rain right... and strong to gale westerly winds on Sunday. It’s Haensli Cup weekend and ski clubs will be battling it out (with each other and the weather) on Saturday for supremacy at Whakapapa.

Rainbow had 7cms of new snow yesterday (but I can still see the tussock) and there is more in the forecast for Rainbow which will keep everyone happy. Still only on-piste riding, and you MUST carry or fit chains to get up the road. Lyford had another 30cms and Hanmer 12 yesterday. There is more forecast, but tomorrow and Sunday look pretty good at this stage so pack your chains and head up there. Canterbury has had between 10 & 25cms of new snow in the last 24 hours. Again more is forecast, on and off during the weekend but the winds will remain light so get up there for some freshies.

The Mackenzie is having the best season for snow the year. Tomorrow looks great with up to 10cms of new snow on the ground from yesterday. It’s going to blow and snow on Saturday but the winds will drop on Sunday. Even if it’s snowing a bit it will be a good day out because there’ll be fresh snow and no people!

The Junior World Ski & Snowboard Champs kick off this weekend at Cardrona and Snowpark. This is the first time that these events have been in the Southern Hemisphere and also the first time that snowboarding and freestyle skiing will share the same stage in a World Championship. Wanaka is going to be full of groms this week!! The Snowboard Cross is at Cardi on Saturday, with the Finals on Sunday. The slopestyle Snowboard Slopestyle is at Snowpark on Saturday. Get up there to watch the hottest groms in the world go down, and throw down with style.

Remember night riding is on again for Friday and Saturday nights at Coronet and Snowpark. The highlight this week at Coronet Peak is that Dane Rumble (Check out his vid) will be playing on the deck from 6:00pm as part of the FREE Coronet Peak Concert Series. Snow is forecast for Saturday afternoon... doh! But in general the weather will remain pretty benign.

Get into it, have fun and be safe.




Cardies - hiking for freshies 15th Aug

Flying banana freshies @ Remarks Sun 15th Aug

Mt Dobson 10/08

Lake Tekapo


Ski Area Fri 20th Sat 21st Sun 22nd
Ruapehu Overcast Overcast Overcast Light Snow Clear Skies Light Snow
Taranaki Overcast Light Rain Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Nelson / St Arnaud Clear Skies Clear Skies Light Snow Light Rain Light Snow Overcast
North Canterbury Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Rain Clear Skies Overcast
Canterbury Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Clear Skies Light Snow
The MacKenzie Overcast Overcast Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Light Snow
Wanaka Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Light Rain Overcast Light Rain
Queenstown Overcast Overcast Overcast Light Rain Clear Skies Overcast



Understanding Ruapehu's Operating Conditions

The conditions on Mt Ruapehu can change from one extreme to another quite rapidly, reporting on the conditions is aimed to be a representation of the conditions at the time of print. Read more...

Fraser Hannon Shines in National Youth Series

Wanaka's Treble Cone Race Academy athlete and Racers Edge Federation team member Fraser Hannon (14) raced an outstanding series at the first National Youth Series event of the year at Mt Hutt August held August 6-7th. Read more...

Burton New Zealand Open Halfpipe Finals

The eighth annual Burton New Zealand Open Halfpipe finals took place under blue bird skies today at Cardrona Alpine Resort with Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) taking first place in the men’s event and Kelly Clark (USA) winning the women’s competition. Read more...

New Zealand Announces Teams for FIS Junior World Champs

Thirty one of New Zealand’s most talented young snow sports athletes have been selected to represent their country at the first ever FIS World Championships in the Southern Hemisphere, next week’s FIS Junior Snowboard & Freestyle World Championships in Lake Wanaka. Read more...


Haka Tours have fast become one of New Zealand’s top snow tour operators. Their very popular 7 day South Island Snow Safari offers the chance to ski or board 6 different mountains, and includes a day off to enjoy sightseeing and adventure activities in Queenstown.

Tour members have described this fully guided trip as “the most fun I’ve ever had skiing and touring” and “a fantastic and stress free holiday” – so we invite you to come along and join in the snow fun before it runs out!

Newsletter subscribers can get $200 off Haka’s epic Snow Safari in September – just quote SNONEWS upon booking! Departs Christchurch 8, 16 and 24 Sept.



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 .

Win yourself a cool looking Maze Neon Green Horrorgami Helmet courtesy of Smith Optics and the guys at Sportive

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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