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Skia ora %%First Name%%,

It is the shortest day, there is snow aplenty, the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival kicks off tomorrow, there are two southerly storms on their way and all is good in the world. Well perhaps not but we are LOVING this early season snow.

It has been a mixed week with more snow falling right across the country. The temps have been great for making snow as well so in most areas the snow is creeping up the snow stakes. This weekend Whakapapa will be opening Happy Valley and limited trails on the Rockgarden for riding. The Express will open for sightseeing only and the Knoll Ridge Cafe will be open.

Porters, Roundhill, Ohau and Cardrona will also be opening this weekend with the remainder of the ski areas opening in two weeks time for the start of the school holidays. YES, they are only two weeks away so you'd better get organised! Snowpark has just announced that they're shooting for Monday 25th for their delayed opening. Snowfarm has had to push their proposed opening date out; we'll let you know when they make an announcement.

The new Snowco forecast link to for the next five days is SNOW! A cold front will move onto the south coast by tomorrow night and make itself felt in the North Island later on Saturday. There will be a brief clearing in the South Island on Sunday. So; North Island best on Saturday, South Island best on Sunday. We're going to get another southerly flick on Monday and then more of a good kick on Tuesday with the southerly flow lasting well into next week. It is going to snow for the AMEX Queenstown Winter Festival!! Oh, and if you're there, don't miss Warren Miller's - Like There's No Tomorrow.

TAKE PART WITH US THIS WINTER. The Snowco forums are buzzing with comments and commentary. Oh and you REALLY need to like Snowco on Facebook to get the latest right to your wall. If you are looking for the most cost effective way to ski or board this winter check out our ski pass page where you can see a comparison of what the commercial areas, and club fields charge and then link directly to the ski areas pricing page. See if a multiday pass is a better option than a package deal.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor



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Dawn at Mt Hutt

Mt Lyford opening day 2012. Light dry powder 70cm avg. base on main runs. View from the return track from the Cloudy T-Bar.

Ohau - Snapshot from our new webcam. What an epic view from top of the chair. See you this weekend!

OPENING THIS FRIDAY!! Super excited... 2012 Season almost underway!!


WhiteOut - Opening Day at The Remarkables

After a chilly -7 degrees wake up call it was time to defrost the car and head up to The Remarkables for it's opening day of the 2012 season. Alta Chair, Sugar Chair and the beginners' area base lodge conveyor were all open. After a week of the snow guns firing and some snow fall resulted in a firm base and tacky snow conditions. Read more...

Da Powder King - Mount Hutt Opening Day

Canterbury local Charlie Lyons and friends made the most of the recent cold snap to be at Mt Hutt for its opening day today. Lyons said it was one of his best opening days at Mt Hutt for some time. Read more...

Snow Sports NZ Announces 2012 Freeski Teams

Snow Sports NZ today announced selections to its 2012 New Zealand Freeski Teams. Following stellar performances during the Northern Hemisphere season, New Zealand's top five (Janina Kuzma, Lyndon Sheehan, Sam Smoothy, Byron Wells and Jossi Wells) remain at the helm . Read more...


VOLKL NZ's Newest Team Member

Opening Day Jibbing at The Remarkables

Tip of the week - Ride Switch


Surf N Snow

It's dumping at Surf N Snow. FREE BINDINGS with all 2012 Boards (excluding some items). We are also offering up to 50% OFF 2011 jackets and pants, and 2011 boot prices are slashed! Mention the txt and get a wax & edge service for just $15! For real service come in and smell the wax at Surf N Snow 45 Cuba St. Phone 04 4733371. Stockists of Capita, Lib Tech, Gnu, Union, Nike, Lobster, Burton, Thirtytwo, Yes, Analog and Forum.


Ezi-Rent Car Hire

SKI NZ the EZI way with Ezi-Rent Car Hire and save loads on your next snow holiday! Get 10% off all Ezi-Rent Car Hire rates plus free ski or board racks and snow chains with your car hire! Ezi-Rent are based inside the Queenstown Airport Terminal building, making picking up and dropping off your rental car a breeze, and with rates starting from just NZ$35 per day, and a huge fleet including 4WD’s, station-wagons and people movers, getting the up the mountain this season couldn’t be easier! More info click here...



For those in Queenstown it is the last screenings of Warren Millers .... Like There's no tomorrow on the coming Friday and Sunday! Click here to view the trailer and purchase tickets!

Keep an eye on our competitions page as we have lots of good stuff from K2, Panasonic, Helly Hansen, and SmartWool! Full details can be seen here and it only takes a minute to enter. Check here next week to see our first winner announcements!

If anyone is looking to rent desk space in Auckland, we have a few spares in our office in Ponsonby. Cheap as chips and we can talk snow (or surf!) all day... Just shoot us an email [email protected] and come have a look.

WIN some awesome K2 Skis!

All you need to do is LIKE our snow.co.nz Facebook page and answer "What is the K2 brand named after?" Too easy!

Snowco has tickets to the 2012 Warren Miller screenings to giveaway!

The pressure is off. No one is watching. It's just you, your boards and the mountain. The weather has broken and the snow is untracked. . . . ski, shred, huck, bomb, launch, spin, charge . . . Like There's No Tomorrow. Which viewing would you like tickets to if we draw your name out?

WIN a Helly Hansen Snow jacket!

Helly Hansen have hooked us up with a Breacan Jacket to give away! Bringing stand-out-style to the slopes. Colourful and subtle checks paired with performance fabrics, insulation and features. Enter here...

WIN a Panasonic FT20 Lumix Camera

Not for the faint hearted, the brand new cameras offer leading compact camera technology in a tough little package. Enter here...

WIN a pair of SmartWool PhD Ski Socks

We have one pair of SmartWool Ski Socks to Giveaway PER WEEK! Enter here...

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