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Been up the slopes yet %%First Name%%?

What a fantastic week!! Great weather, great on piste riding, school holidays, it's a great way to wear out the kids!!

It was a week of kids events at both ends of the country with the Mini Games at Whakapapa and the Junior Slopestyle Open at Snowpark challenging kids challenging kids as young as 5 with different Freeski events. Parents in the know right across the country had their kids in school holiday programmes. If you’re near Queenstown the Streets Mini Shred is on for kids aged 16 and under at The Remarkables this weekend.

Piste riders and park and pipe enthusiasts are having a great season but big mountain riders and those in love with finding the pow are out of luck as there has been no significant snowfalls this month so far.

Ruapehu is fully open now with good on piste riding conditions top to bottom. The West Ridge and Far West T-bar are now open but mainly off-piste at this stage. The Knoll Cafe is planning to open its doors around the third week of August. Tomorrow afternoon the dream run of weather will come to an end, at least until Monday. The good news is that Ruapehu is due a top-up of snow this weekend.

Rainbow has had 30cm of snow... all season. Due to some brilliant snowmaking and grooming they will be opening their t-bar this weekend. Saturday’s weather is for increasing winds and snow showers, Sunday is the day to head up. In contrast Lyford and Hanmer are experiencing great snowpacks and possible the best off-piste riding in the country.

Mid Canterbury is starting to look pretty lean. Don’t get me wrong, (I’m one of the parents in the know) the on-piste riding at Porters and Mt Hutt is superb. Temple is currently on-hold and Cheeseman is open to ski week bookings and members only. Craigieburn & BR have “variable early season conditions”. Mt Olympus is the pick of the ‘Canterbury club fileds’ with an average snow depth of 85cm.

Further south is holding up a lot better, good early season snow is still in perfect conditions as the temperature have rarely climbed above 0 degrees. If you’re looking for pow and packed pow this is the place to go. Sunday is the day to be there with snow in the forecast for the next few days.

The Southern Lakes are continuing their dream run of weather on on-piste conditions. If you want to try your hand at an open, fun jam style event, the Electric Hip Attack is on at Snowpark on Saturday. If you’re after a unique experience, night riding planned for Friday and Saturday nights at Coronet and on Saturday at Snowpark.

Get into it, have fun and be safe.

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LUMIX SHOTS OF THE WEEK

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A Busy day at Lyford

Opening day, Roundhill. Yearghhhhh!!! downsouth

WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 16th Sat 17th Sun 18th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu Overcast Light Rain Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Clear Skies
Taranaki Light Rain Light Rain Clear Skies Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies
Nelson / St Arnaud Overcast Light Snow Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
North Canterbury Overcast Light Snow Light Rain Light Snow Clear Skies Clear Skies
Canterbury Clear Skies Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies
Wanaka Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
Queenstown Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast

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The world famous World Heli Challenge was resurrected in 2009 and returns this year from 30 July to 8 August, this time bringing back the legendary “big air” event that in its time drew some of the largest spectator crowds of any snow event in the Southern Hemisphere. Read more...

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SUMMARY'S & COMPS

Last week of school holidays and the mayhem on the mountains is set to gear down. Good news is plenty more winter to come and hopefully loads more snow...

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?

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 .

This week we have a new comp for July, win yourself a sweet pair of Scope Graphic Smith goggles. On top of that we have a Qtown Heli Ski experience and a chance to experience Japanese powder end of this year...

If you entered the draw for the pair of Kingswood ski's, then sit on the edge of your seat because we will have a lucky winner later this arvo, keep an eye on Scotty's comments...

Enter HERE now and good luck!

See you on the Snow

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