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As with the last few weekends, Saturday seems to be the day to ride at this stage. A cold front will make its presence known in the south from Saturday with the more westerly situated ski and board areas getting the worst effect and best snowfalls. Check our Ben, our meteorological guru and our forecasts from snow-forecast.com for details about the weather at your area this weekend.
There's no shortage of big name events this weekend starting with the FIS Snowboard World Cup Halfpipe at Cardrona. This is the 2nd World Cup event hosted at Cardrona in 2012 and an opportunity for international and kiwi snowboard athletes to qualify for the Snowboard Halfpipe at the Winter Olympic in 2014. The K2 Big Mountain CHILL Series continues at Craigieburn after finishing up at Olympus. The K2 Big Mountain is the premier event in the CHILL Series Calendar. Comprised of four days of competition spread between the big mountain meccas of Mt Olympus and Craigieburn Valley there's no shortage of talented big mountain skier and snowboarders competing for their share of the $5000 prize pool and Freeride World Qualifying points.
If you're in Queenstown you may notice tonnes of snow being dumped on the Queenstown Rec Ground. The Parklife Invitational hits town on Saturday night. This is an evening not to miss with invited riders from all over shipping in to compete for the title and prize money. Tickets are $5 and gates open at 4:30pm.
There is also Masters Events on; ski at Rainbow and snowboard at Turoa; Canteen Day at Hutt, Aspen Glam The Surface Ski's Who's Your Daddy Downhill at Roundhill, flare skiing at Hanmer, the Fox Peak Club Champs, the Winnie Bagoes Community Park Jam at Porters and much much more. Check out the New Zealand Snow Sports Calendar for more details.
For any athletes that are into multisport there is a new event on the calendar to compete in. The Dobson Dash consists of a downhill mountain multisport event involving skiing/snowboarding, mountain biking and trail running down a 22km course. Enter Here.
nzXsports.com Ltd (publisher of Snowco & Surfco) are selling some domain names. If you're in the market to purchase some choice domain names check out what's available and give Matt a call.
DID YOU KNOW THAT SNOW.CO.NZ AND SURF.CO.NZ ARE FOR SALE? It's business as usual with lots of innovations in the pipeline and a long term plan but we are looking for someone to take over this exciting, popular and award winning stable of websites. For further information please contact Ant Howard or Michael Cheyne at Howard and Company.
CALL TO VOTE: You choose. Tell us who shone and who stunk. Since 2000 online Snowco has published an independent survey, which asks the public to judge, based upon their experience the level of service that they have received during their visit to a ski or board area. The survey consists of 33 questions relating to the service received from the snow user across 9 departments that make up the front line of a ski and board operation. There are two awards, the NZ Ski Area Service Award for commercial ski areas and, the NZ Small Ski Area Service Award for club operated ski fields.
Get into it, take care and have a blast.
Scotty - Snow Editor