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The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival continues this week with a prolific number of eclectic events, and finally winds up this weekend with the first night riding of the season at Coronet Peak. There has been, and continue to be fantastic conditions from the Mackenzie Country southward. Perfect machine packed powder on-piste and wind pack powder off-piste is being kept pristine by the cold temperatures. All ski & board areas have been open with consistently good weather this week enjoying these snow conditions.

All areas in the MacKenzie will be opening this Saturday for the school holidays except Alpure Cat Ski operation which will open a week later. There is still plenty of first tracks to be had of the top of the new Heritage Express rope tow at Roundhill. At 1,473m long with a 626m vertical rise and top elevation of 2,133m, the Heritage Express Rope Tow triples Roundhill's vertical and gives access to the amazing steeps and chutes.

Club fields will be joining Hutt and Porters in Canterbury this weekend. The snow is wind packed and cold with well above average snowpack depths for this time of year. In the top of Canterbury Hanmer opens this weekend and Lyford is enjoying a huge 1.6m base... in early July!

Unfortunately the freezing level is just too high at Manganui but they will open again as soon as the snow lowers. It is a great day at Mt Ruapehu today! RAL are working hard to get the High Noon Express tower repaired for next week. The Knoll Cafe looks like it will be completed in mid-August. Beginner's areas on both sides of the mountain have been enjoying good man-made snow conditions. The main trails off the Movenpick and High Flyer chairs have been rideable but the big news is that the Valley and Knoll T-bars will open this weekend heralding the beginning of upper mountain riding at Whakapapa.

In the North Island, Saturday is the day to go riding this weekend. A low pressure system moving in from the in the Tasman will bring unsettled weather on Sunday. In the Southern Lakes a southerly front will bring snow showers this weekend but nothing that hat (or even better, helmet) and goggles won't take care of. Everywhere is looking sweet with Saturday being the best day.

Get into it, have fun and be safe.

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WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 2nd Sat 3rd Sun 4th
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Ruapehu Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Light Rain
Taranaki Light Rain Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Light Rain Light Rain
Nelson / St Arnaud Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Light Snow Overcast
North Canterbury Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast
Canterbury Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast
Wanaka Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
Queenstown Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast

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LATEST NEWS

Valley and Knoll Ridge T-Bars to Open!

Both the Valley and Knoll Ridge t-bars will open at Whakapapa this weekend meaning upper mountain skiing and riding is underway for 2010. Read more...

Night Skiing and First Tracks at Coronet Peak

It's that time of year again, when night owls and early birds take flight up to Coronet Peak for extended opening hours on the slopes. Read more...

2010 National Snowboard Team and Squad Announced

The New Zealand Snowboard Union (NZSBU) this week announced its 2010 National Team and Development Squad. Read more...

New Kids Snowboard Programme at Mt Hutt These School Holidays

Budding young snowboarders can get off to a flying start at Mt Hutt Ski Area these school holidays thanks to a new half day intensive programme. Read more...

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SUMMARY'S & COMPS

Mardi Gra went off without a hitch in 'Kune last weekend and the American Express Winterfest continues in Queenstown. We can now think of the snow season as officially open, so keep following Snowco for all the latest and greatest.

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

It just keeps getting bigger, week by week, how large will we go?

Congratulations to Rebecca Adams who was the winner of our Smith "Maze" Helmet.

Our '2010 Cr*ppiest pair of skis' photo comp 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 .

On top of that we have a pair of Kingswood Skis, 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

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