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There’s been some snow this week and there’s more to come. The forecast for the weekend is superb with fresh snow on the ground and clearing conditions that will last the weekend. Plus more snow in the forecast early next week. What more could we ask for!!

Varied new snow falls have peppered the country's ski & board areas as this storm made its first pass yesterday. Great for the more westerly fields, TC got 10 - 20cm of new and Temple got 20cms around the lodge and 30cms higher up. This alone will enable Temple to finally open for the season on Saturday. Lesser amounts made it further east, 2-5cms falling on the Craigieburn Range. Not to worry because the Low Pressure system has drawn everything eastwards and it is now due to snow at Mt Ruapehu and right down the east coast until the weekend.

Rain turned to snow this morning at Whakapapa and there are big fat flakes falling to below carpark level. Whakapapa and Turoa are expecting snow right through to early on Saturday with clearing conditions for most of the weekend. RAL have supplemented their snow levels well on the trails with snowmaking, there has been good trail riding right to the bottom of both sides of the mountain. This new snow should set the Ruapehu season up once and for all. If you're close enough or a fanatic, Sunday is your day.... or take a sicky on Monday.

DID YOU KNOW? Snowco’s forecasts are made using MetOcean’s forecast algorithms using specific Latitude, Longitude and Altitude points for each ski & board area. When historical weather records were available, these were factored in to the forecast to allow for specific local weather anomalies that occur in some locations from some directions. Cool eh! Check out this weekend’s forecast here and see its accuracy for yourself.

Rob Gordon is a snowboard instructor at Ruapehu. Yesterday he completed a 17km and 1000 metres climb up the Turoa road, and then hiking/climbing to the summit from the base area, another 4kms and 1200 metres climb, then boarded down and then run back down the mountain road to the Powderkeg. It’s a total distance of 42kms, the same as a marathon, but with 2200 meters of ascent. He did this in less than 6 hours. WHY? I hear you ask. To raise money for Adaptive Snowsports to enable disable people participate in our sport at Mt Ruapehu. Gutsy!! Snowco challenges you to link through and make a $5 donation (or more if you like) because we think that this effort is worth more than $2,500. DONATE HERE

TC has a HUGE weekend coming up and the weather looks GREAT!!. The weekend kicks off with the NZ Snowboarder Banked Slalom on Saturday and then the Junior Interfield Ski Race Series for the ‘ski groms’ on Sunday. If you’re up at Turoa this weekend check out (or enter... we dare you) the Nitro Elan Jib Nationals . Check out the Snowco NZ Snow Sports Events Calendar and see some of the MAJOR world events coming up in the next two months.




Early drive to the mountain


Wind plays around Girdlestone at Turoa (Sunday 18/7)

Scenery greenery


Ski Area Fri 23rd Sat 24th Sun 25th
Ruapehu Light Snow Light Rain Clear Skies Light Snow Clear Skies Clear Skies
Taranaki Clear Skies Overcast Light Snow Light Snow Clear Skies Clear Skies
Nelson / St Arnaud Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast
North Canterbury Light Snow Light Rain Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast
Canterbury Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Clear Skies Overcast Clear Skies
Wanaka Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies
Queenstown Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Overcast Overcast Overcast



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Back to normal this week, the kids are back at school. Do plan for the next trip however... Fingers crossed for some pow this weekend

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 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 .

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 and you haven't hear yet then.... congratulations Mark MacKenzie you now own a new pair of Kingswood's...

Enter HERE now and good luck!

See you on the Snow


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