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Today as we shake rattle and roll in Christchurch, the focus moves to the forecast which threatens to challenge the earthquakes for the honour of being the most dramatic. What was described this morning as "one of the biggest storms on the planet" is coming to your place this weekend... well tomorrow actually. There will be snow to about 900m so keep your eyes on the passes and remember that Highway 1 is still closed south of Kaikoura. The snow will be wind affected. Winds threaten to be strong to galeforce from the westerly quadrant everywhere in the mountains for the next six days. The most sheltered places from a westerly storm is probably Roundhill, get in quick because they’re closing next Sunday, and Mt Lyford which will be open until the end of the school holidays.

The ski & board areas will be battening down the hatches for the next week. Bare in mind that the school holidays start in 8 days time.  I expect most areas will get good amounts of snow over the next week. Keep an eye out for holiday deals, kid’s programmes and events. It’s going to be a great spring after the storm of the season!!

Congratulations to Brian Molloy who had the cr**piest skis as chosen by the guys at Jones Bros. Thanks heaps to Nordica, becasue now Brian owns a new pari of Ace of Spades skis. Check out his pic....

Proposed Closing Dates for 2010

Hanmer Springs - Closed for the season

Craigieburn and Porters - TBA 

Fox Peak - Weekends only  

Manganui - Will open again at short notice if there is snow

Roundhill and Snowfarm - 26th September

Rainbow, Cheeseman, Snow Park, Mt Dobson, Ohau,Treble Cone, Cardrona and Coronet Peak - 3rd October

Tukino - 8th October

The Remarkables, Lyford, Temple Basin and Broken River - 10th October

Mt Hutt - 17th October

Whakapapa and Turoa  - Late October

Get into it, have fun and be safe.

It’s not in the news anymore but Christchurch is still getting 2 or 3 4+ earthquakes a day.  Check it out on this Google Map

WHAT'S HOT

SHOTS OF THE WEEK

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Lone ranger hiking Mount Temple

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Teach a kid to ride this winter- Marlee Jay Silva, aged 2

WEEKEND FORECAST

Ski Area Fri 17th Sat 18th Sun 19th
AM PM AM PM AM PM
Ruapehu Moderate Snow Heavy Snow Moderate Snow Moderate Snow Light Snow Light Snow
Taranaki Moderate Rain Moderate Rain Heavy Snow Moderate Rain Light Snow Light Snow
Nelson / St Arnaud Light Snow Light Snow Moderate Snow Moderate Snow Light Snow Clear Skies
North Canterbury Clear Skies Light Snow Light Snow Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Canterbury Overcast Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Overcast
The MacKenzie Light Snow Light Snow Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Overcast
Wanaka Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies Clear Skies
Queenstown Clear Skies Light Snow Light Snow Light Snow Overcast Light Snow

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LATEST NEWS

Riders and Sliders Programme Come to an End for 2010

Today was the last day of this years popular Riders and Sliders programme at Treble Cone. Read more...

Oehagen and Loeseth Come Out On Top at ANC Slalom Races

After several days of waiting out challenging weather, the Australia New Zealand Cup Races finally went ahead today with New Zealand's Tim Cafe placing highest amongst the kiwi men taking sixth with a time of 1:29.71. Read more...

Celebrating Spring at Treble Cone

Treble Cone's Spring specials go on sale next week offering substantially discounted Spring season passes and rental rates to compliment the variety of events and fun on offer at Treble Cone. Read more...

ArmadaNZ Ratbag Tour at Porters

Last week was the 2nd stop of the Armada Ratbag Tour at Porters. Read more...

ADVERTORIAL

Gnomes Snowsports end of seasons sale starts Friday 3rd September. Everything in store is reduced making a great time to get kitted out in the latest gear.

30% off Skis

20% off Ski Boots

30% off Snowboards

20% off Outerwear

Check out www.gnomes.co.nz or visit Gnomes in store. We suffered no damage to our buildings during the Earthquake and have both store fully operational. Hope to see you soon.

Surfs Up with big wave surfer Doug Young at Recreation: The NZ Outdoor Adventure Expo – NZ's largest display and sale of outdoor adventure products and services …explore NZ's bush in the DOC Kids Conservation Corner, get your golf skills analysed at the Aiden Berry Coaching Golf Net in the Jeff Gray BMW Golf Expo area and much more

Practice your big wave surfing technique on the Mechanical Surfboard, climb The Britz Rock Climbing Wall, exploring NZ's bush in the DOC Kids Conservation Corner, getting your golf skills analysed at the Aiden Berry Coaching Golf Net in the Jeff Gray BMW Golf Expo area and much more.

Check it out on www.RecreationExpo.co.nz , then mark the dates on your calendar: 24-26 September 2010 @ Pioneer Recreation & Sport Centre, 75 Lyttelton St, Christchurch.

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SUMMARY & COMPS

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

Talking about winners lets also put our hands together for Matthew Bate who took out the Ultimate Japan Holiday thanks to DiveFishSnow Travel. Matthew will be off for two weeks in the Japan Pow!!!

Win yourself a cool looking Maze Neon Green Horrorgami Helmet courtesy of Smith Optics and the guys at Sportive

Enter HERE now and good luck!

See you on the Snow

THE SNOWCO TEAM

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