Skia ora *|FNAME|*,
Spring is here!! There has already been 20 fine days in a row down south and some areas are already closed awaiting new snow. Don't let that put you off because others have perfect melt freeze conditions with dryer pockets at higher elevations. Despite the continued fine weather in the south there was a massive amount of man-made snow made in July and the temperatures are still freezing the snow at night so the pistes are still is perfect condition. The north is in for a rocky start to the weekend but everywhere is looking superb for Sunday. More forecast info below... oh and great videos this week (below).
I say it every year that this is the best time to go riding; the weather is warming up and the snow conditions are still good. You have exactly four weeks to go as most areas closed their doors after this first week of the spring school holidays (Sunday October 5th). Traditional exceptions being Mt Ruapehu, Mt Hutt and some of the club ski fields, snow depending. School holidays and daylight saving are just three weeks away.
Because of the more settled conditions before the changing of the seasons this is the height of the event season.
On Now: Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) alpine races at Coronet Peak. Gay Ski Week in Queenstown, Mid-term break at Rainbow.
Saturday: King of the Speed Boogie at Broken River, Retro Day at Turoa, Mt Lyford Masters, Dad's day at Roundhill, Tongariro Juniors and Interclub race at Whakapapa and the, Burton Snowbroads at The Remarkables.
Sunday: Aotearoa Iwi Snow Champs at Turoa, Speights Summit Retro Gear & Air, Junior Interfields alpine series at Mt Hutt and The Remarkables,
From Monday: Varsity Ski Week kicks of at Whakapapa, Full moon fondue at Snowpark on Tuesday, and the Top of the South inter-primary school champs at Rainbow on Wednesday.
Feature Events: World Heli Challenge 2014 - The World Heli Challenge has a rich tradition drawing the top skiers and snowboarders from around the globe to be part of a unique helicopter-accessed freeride competition like no other. We’ve been challenging ourselves in the Southern Alps of New Zealand since back in 1995 and the passion and support for what we do is only growing. It’s free to enter the “Call Up” and you and a mate can win your way into a 9-day World Heli Challenge complete with up to two days of heli-accessed riding, filming and plenty of adventure to keep you frothing – all based around Aoraki Mt Cook and Ohau from 7-15 September 2014. The winning team of the World Heli Challenge share in NZ$10,000 cash and all competitors score an iON Air Pro 3 camera. The Runner Up Team share in NZ$4000 cash and also receive iON Air Pro 3 cameras.
Get out there and enjoy some snow this spring!!
Scotty - Snow Editor
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