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Skia ora %%First Name%%,

It's the first day of spring this Saturday and daylight saving is only four weeks away. The ski and board areas in the South Island tend to close their doors after the last week of the school holidays (Sunday 7th October) with the exception of The Remarkables, and some of the club fields and, Mt Hutt which, with its great snow cover could be open until Labour Day (22nd October). Ruapehu usually opens until at least Labour Weekend. My point is though; NOW IS THE TIME. It's peak season, the snow is as good as it's going to get and the forecast for Ruapehu is great this weekend. Go and make some memories.

Check out Ben, our meteorological guru and our forecasts from snow-forecast.com for details about the weather at your area this weekend.

WIN PRIZES with Snowco and, Hybrid backpacks, Beardo Beard Hats and Roadshow entertainment. Your entry is just a click away.

There's no shortage of big name events this weekend with the Black Diamond Big Mountain continuing at Temple. They are having some great weather and there is good coverage up on the higher slopes, I can't wait to see some of the footage. Down south the North Face NZ Freeski Open is underway at Snowpark. They continue with the halfpipe qualifications today, the slopestyle comp is tomorrow and the halfpipe final is on Saturday. I have stood on the edge of the pipe at this event in the past and it is mind-blowing what these athletes can do now... and just quietly, personally as this is an expression event I think that the skiers blow the snowboarders away in the park and pipe these days.

There are way too many events to mention here but if you are single and like riding Coronet Peak is playing cupid. Ditch the bars for the night and start trawling the slopes for your mate instead. Coronet Peak is having its annual speed dating night tomorrow. Registration is free and you'll get a glass of Arcadia Bubbles to give you a bit of old fashioned Dutch courage. Then head to the lift line, we'll match you into pairs, do the introductions and get you onto the Cupid Express. The rest is up to you! NOVEL. Also, good luck to all of the teams competing in the Ngauruhoe Trophy at Whakapapa on Saturday. The weather will be great! 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 (15th Sept) 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) is 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.

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



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Just over half way there - Blair's living in a snow cave for a month (!!) to raise money and awareness for Aspiring Avalanche Dogs. Check out his donation options.

Just another day in the Glacier at Turoa.........

Mt Cheeseman Ski Area: Cheesie Chicks prepping for ThermaTech's UNDIE500 Race on Sat 1 Sept! Jump, Crawl, Limbo, Dance your way down the mountain in your undies!

Top of Mt Hutt looking across Mid Canterbury plains


Young Salomon Skis rider Nico Porteous in Tommy Pyatt

Young Salomon Skis rider Nico Porteous enjoying Skiing at Snow Park... Read more...

Winter is an interesting beast… in WhiteOut

So the NZ Winter of 2012 has been an interesting beast to tame... I won't dribble on with excuses about my lack of blog-age but beg for your forgiveness with this wee post of wintery images. Winter started off with 'Dry July' leaving many of my photography commission 'pending' due to lack of snow. Read more...

Gallery - Smith Slopestyle Turoa in WhiteOut

Smith Slopestyle held at Turoa Ski Field. ..



Treble Cone's Jazz Fun Park proving popular

New for the 2012 season the Jazz Fun Park is popular with skiers and riders looking to boost their confidence on terrain park features. . Read more...

Black Diamond Big Mountain CHILL ready to drop with some big names.

It's on! Come on up to Temple Basin for the 2012 Black Diamond Big Mountain, the final event in the 2012 CHILL Series. Read more...

Aono and Clark take gold at the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup

Japan's Ryo Aono blitzed the men's field with the two highest scores of the day while USA's Kelly Clark claimed the women's title at the FIS Snowboard Halfpipe World Cup finals at Cardrona Alpine Resort, today.. Read more...


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North Canterburydaycleardaycleardaypartclouddaypartclouddayclouddaylightrain
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Forecast for New Zealand ski areas supplied by snow-forecast.com



Daily Dump Chill Big Mountain Day 1

Cardies Weekly Snow Update - 17th August 2012

K2 Big Mountain – Mt Olympus



We have 2 competitions running at the moment!!

You can be into win a Hybrid Binding Pack. Lets be honest, riding with a backpack isnt ideal, and Hybrid Binding packs take care of this! The Hybrid Bindingpack is the most lightweight gear pack for snowboarding on the market, and keeps your valuables very secure!

For the confident men (and women!) out there who want to rock a wollen beard Beardo NZ have hooked us up with 4 beanies and detachable beards to go along with them! Perfect for those who want to keep their face warm in style - and even better for those of us who struggle to grow an effective all encampassing natural beard over winter!! Check them out here.

Our first winner of a Beardo is Nelson Esobar! Congrats Nelson, and we really do hope you wear it in "everyday working life in the office" like your entry says!

Helly Hansen kindly gave as a Breacan jacket to give away this year. We are please to be able to give this too Gordon Smart of Wellington! All Kiwis need to know HellyHansen.com.au now ships to New Zealand, so get online and check out their winter specials running NOW!


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