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Rain up to 2000m at times has dampened the snowpack this week. Porters closed for a day because theirs got too wet for a while. Other areas got off more lightly but generally off-piste riding is limited or at least not very exciting right now. For today and tomorrow expect melt freeze conditions (that means it freezes at night and softens during the day) so the best riding will be early to mid-morning on the groomed trails or maybe late afternoon off-piste on better covered areas.

The next low pressure system is due over the country on Saturday (of course) with snow lowering to more useful levels and becoming heavy for a time on Sunday and into Monday. I am speaking generally about the entire country because although the storm will bring winds from different quarters to different parts of the country the result will be generally the same. Snow!! Make sure you are safe if venturing off-piste during or after this storm, with the amount of snow and winds forecast expect the hazard to rise accordingly.

It’s events time and this weekend, despite the weather, organisers will be trying to get their respect events to happen despite the weather. It’s Christie weekend at Whakapapa this weekend so if you’re a clubbie you'll be cheering your club on. The fluoro one-piece brigade will be moving from The Remarks last weekend up the country to Roundhill this weekend for their 80's weekend complete with water jump. If you're in the Southern Lakes this weekend there are two 'downtown events' happening with the Parklife International at Earnslaw Park on Friday night and the World Heli Challenge Street Style event at the Lake Hawea Hotel on Saturday. This, and night riding on Fri & Sat at Coronet and you've got your day and night times full.

We know times are tough and charities from all walks of life are working hard to raise money for their causes. Snowco has just put together a Snow Sports Fundraiser page . There's nothing in it for us except the warm fuzzies of knowing that it is now easier to find when, if you have $5 or more of spare cash, you can give it to help the sport that you love.

Get into it, have fun and be safe.

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The Mt Hutt halfpipe opens for 2010 - 03 August

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Looking to Rocky Gully, Coronet Peak

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WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 6th Sat 7th Sun 8th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Overcast Overcast
Taranaki Overcast Overcast Light Rain Light Rain Overcast Overcast
Nelson / St Arnaud Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Light Snow Overcast Overcast
North Canterbury Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
Canterbury Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Light Rain Overcast Light Snow
The MacKenzie Overcast Overcast Light Snow Moderate Snow Overcast Overcast
Wanaka Clear Skies Overcast Light Snow Light Snow Light Snow Overcast
Queenstown Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Light Snow Overcast

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SUMMARY & COMPS

August is here, how much more winter is to come? Lots I hope especially seeing the number of events set to hit the mountains this month...

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

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hawker who wins the Smith Scope Graphic goggles, good work....

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 and a chance to experience Japanese powder end of this year...

Enter HERE now and good luck!

See you on the Snow

THE SNOWCO TEAM

Phone: 04 472 0330
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P.O Box 1395
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