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This NZ winter school holidays have seen a combination of warm spring like weather and snow, and lightweight cold fronts and snow showers. Most ski and board areas have been open for the majority of the two weeks. The word Bluebird has been slung around a lot and many skiers and boarders have enjoyed their alpine fix over this time.
The forecast is very simple this weekend (and probably more accurate than last weekend). The high pressure system is moving onto the North Island bringing calm settled conditions to the north of the country this weekend. Some unsettled weather will persist south of Tekapo until about late Saturday bringing light snow to the southern areas over the next few days. At Ruapehu expect unsettled conditions over the next couple of days as the last cold fronts pass through before the high takes command.
If you haven't looked at the NZ Snow Sports Events Calendar lately, mouse over the news link on the homepage and then move your mouse over to the Events Calendar link. The Junior World Heli Challenge kicks off tomorrow, or the next fine day between now and August 3rd. This amazing event organised by Snowsports legend Tony (Harro) Harrington) is for elite young skiers and snowboarders aged between 12-16 years. This new addition to the World Heli Challenge provides developing athletes an opportunity to experience the thrill of competition in the backcountry and showcase their freeriding and mountain skills in an action-packed week in New Zealand's Southern Alps. Check out the promo video here .
If you were wondering what the Snowgram is on the homepage, we are using Instagram to produce the feed. We follow ski areas and NZ snowsports personalities. If you would like to publish your snow photo on the slider simply hashtag us #snowconz. Alternatively you can post images in our shot of the day gallery here
Make sure that you check out the go on the snow. The New Zealand Snow Sports Events Calendar is updated regularly. Some upcoming key events are;
RSC Centennial Ball this Saturday night at the Chateau.
Junior Interfields Series Saturday at Coronet Peak
Junior Interifelds series Saturday at Turoa
MoreFM Family Funday on Saturday at Rainbow
Riders and Sliders recreational Race on Sunday at Treble Cone
TAKE PART WITH US THIS WINTER. The Snowco forums are buzzing with comments and commentary.
Get into it, take care and have a blast.
Scotty - Snow Editor