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The school holidays are half way through and if you're barking mad with cabin fever by now in the North Island we are not surprised. If you are in the South Island then you need to get out from under the low cloud more. Either way if were thinking of getting “up the mountain” soon, this weekend, or as late as next Tuesday, will be the go.

The upper mountain on both sides of Ruapehu should be good after this storm passes. Hopefully we will get some freshies at the end of the storm and failing that the grooming departments on both sides have been doing a great job. The Whakapapa Mini Games are coming up next Tues & Wed at Whakapapa. This is an event for children 5 - 12 years of age, where any child that can stop and turn will be able to compete in all the events. Kids of all abilities and skill levels are invited to enter and enjoy the fun free day out on the Mountain.

The snowmakers are making a huge difference at Rainbow with only 25cm on the ground the pistes are looking fine. Contrary to this on the other side of the mountains in Northern Canterbury, Lyford has had an abundance of snow and have some of the best off-piste riding in the country right now. This shows that most of the snow has come from the north-east this season so far.

If you’re up Hanmer Springs way this weekend, (or even if you’re not) Hanmer Springs Ski Area are having a free weekend the 10th and 11th July. All kids 15 and under ski for free, no terms or conditions just good fun!

The big two in Canterbury have good snow conditions on piste but it is a little lean and hard off piste. Similarly the club fields are praying to Ullr for the next big dump to booster their snowbases. Further south in the Mackenzie it hasn't snowed for two weeks but the snow is holding up really well due to the temps have remained below freezing for almost all of the time until recently. A little moisture today will either consolidate the powder or add some wetter snow on top.

The Southern Lakes areas have been experiencing a dream run with the conditions.... until today, but that will pass over pretty quickly. The conditions are damp though so there may be a rain crust at certain altitudes off piste after this front passes. Check out the riming on the TC camera!

School holiday programmes at many of the ski & board area will kick off with a vengeance again once the weather clears. As we mentioned, there is a large high approaching that will bring settled conditions leading into the weekend and for the early part of next week. Get out of the house these holidays and take the kids skiing or boarding. Conditions are fine, on-piste and all but a few areas. There is plenty of snow to go around.

Get into it, have fun and be safe.

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LUMIX SHOTS OF THE WEEK

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WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 9th Sat 10th Sun 11th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies
Taranaki Light Snow Light Snow Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Nelson / St Arnaud Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
North Canterbury Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Canterbury Overcast Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Wanaka Overcast Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Queenstown Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies

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LATEST NEWS

Dinner with the Stars at Mt Hutt

An entirely new dining experience has been successfully launched in the ski resort town of Methven this winter. Read more...

Winter Festival Rated ‘One of the Best Ever'

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2010 wrapped up today (Sunday July 4) with a huge day at Coronet Peak ski area and oodles of downtown fun for littlies. Read more...

AMP Scholarship People's Choice Award - Vote Now

All AMP Scholarship applicants are eligible and you'll be able to vote for your favourite person. Read more...

Mayhem on the Mountain

The American Express Queenstown Winter Festival took to the slopes of Coronet Peak today (Saturday July 3) to treat a huge crowd of skiers and snowboarders to an afternoon of ski area fun and crazy antics. Read more...

ADVERTORIAL

New Zealand Snowboarder magazines' July issue has just hit the shelves.

Rob Mitchell graces the cover going huge in Tahoe, there's a story inside from Shane Orchard on his Alaska trip with Ruari McFarlane and Nick Hyne reports on a sled mission in Washington. Also, Will Jackways talks about his South Island roadie with brother Tim last season and of course the 12-page 'freedom' gallery with the best of the best images from the kiwi crew. Go grab a copy and get your stoke on!

For more go to: www.nzsnowboarder.co.nz

WHAT'S HOT

SUMMARY'S & COMPS

First week of school holidays now and the action continues to get hotter and we await the snow storms we have been accustomed to in the past...

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 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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