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Skia ora %%First Name%% ,

What an amazing two weeks it's been. Snow to low levels in the south, Snowpark sold and Coronet opening this weekend. AMAZING !!

Firstly the polls. Against the odds 61% of you thought that the snow this May WON'T melt away and so far it's looking to be the case. Vote this week on whether you think, NIWA says mild winter. Predict Weather says heavy snow all winter. Who's right? VOTE NOW

Well it's opening weekend for the 2013 snow sports season. Coronet Peak opens its doors at 9:00am on Saturday morning with great natural, all over coverage. This topped up with their completely over the top snowmaking system show mean that the pistes are the best ever for opening day. They will be opening all lifts except Rocky Gully. On Saturday we are expecting high cloud to thickenwith rain developing about the headwaters, patchy falls spreading east in the evening. Snow above 1500 metres. Sunday, the rain should clear during the morning. Check out the weekend forecast here.

Snowpark, after anouncing that it would not be open this season has now sold to the neighbouring vehicle and car testing facility, the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds. Snow Park won't be open to the public this winter. Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds are currently assessing what commitments they are able to continue with in regards to events and high performance training.

Warren Miller's ‘Flow State', continues in Wellington this weekend and finishing up in Arrowtown on 18 July. Snow lovers will be blown away by powder skiing and snowboarding on the peaks of Japan, Norway, Switzerland, Alaska, California and beyond. Flow State - where the mountain meets the mind. For ticketing, venue and tour details warrenmillerfilms.co.nz. Book now and join the Flow State revolution'.

Snowco reached 10,000 likes on Facebook recently. We're rapped. Tell your friends to like us. We are enjoying about 500 new likes a week at the moment. Spread the word !!

Whether you're riding at Coronet, on a hiking mission in Otago or Canterbury or having a slide at Snowplanet this weekend; Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor


Our 7 day "South Island Snow Safari" is the ultimate New Zealand guided ski and snowboard holiday! You will ski 6 different mountains over 7 days and expert guide will show you the best runs and powder-stashes whilst offering advice to help improve your technique.

We offer 3 package types which means if you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned powder-hound, we have a package suitable for you!

Whether you are looking for cheap ski holidays or want the ultimate snow experience with our discounted heli-ski options, you have came to the right place. Our base tour is budget-friendly, while our add-on activities and bonuses let you customise your holiday to what you want it to be.


Got a good photo of the snow? UPLOAD YOUR PICS HERE

Ross Lawrence, manager got out of the office on the skidoo yesterday to take some pics. He's so proud of his baby.

Ohau: From the gallery of Craig - end of a successful day's snowmaking!

Staff members Stu and Mariska back on the hill for the first time since the end of last season.

Porters: The temperatures plummeted yesterday morning, it began to snow and this morning the mountains are coated with a blanket of snow down to 600m. The ridge-line temperatures went as low as -10 last night.




Snow Park NZ has been sold to the neighbouring vehicle and car testing facility, the Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds. "The Southern Hemisphere Proving Grounds now owns the facilities and operations at Snow Park NZ" Said Sam Lee, General Manager. "We are happy with the deal we have worked out and believe they will be successful". Read more...

Winter Arrives in Wanaka

Wanaka was buzzing yesterday as a major preseason snowfall that started on Saturday continued across the alps accumulated a considerable 30-40cm up the top of the Home Basin at Treble Cone. The same cold front started to deliver snowflakes across Wanaka yesterday morning, delivering a dusting of snow down to the lakes edge. Read more...

More Snow Falling at Mt Ruapehu

Cold temperatures overnight and continued steady snowfall has seen the pre-season snow base at Mt Ruapehu take shape leading into the winter ski season. Temperatures at Mt Ruapehu were down to -6 degrees overnight and more snow has fallen. In addition to the natural snowfall, snow guns in the beginner area at the Whakapapa Ski Area have been in action making snow throughout the night. . Read more...



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



In episode three of Mates in Alaska Jake and Roland Morley-Brown search for some good snow where they can safely land. After a hunt in the chopper, the boys come across some powder they are happy with and start shredding.

A day at Cardrona Tiny Town - see if you can spot Pengi ...!!

This webisode follows the Völkl Freeski family starting in Fieberbrunn Austria at the FWT event and features NZ's own Sam Smoothy, Charlie Lyons, Janina Kuzma and Lyndon Sheehan.



Rent for 8 Days or more and receive $100 off your ski racks and chains on your rental. This special offer is available for bookings made between 30 May - 30 September with travel up until 31 October 2013. Blackout Period applies from 6-28 July 2013. Applies to Christchurch and Queenstown rentals only. Offer is available on Compact Manual (Group B), Compact Automatic (Group C), Intermediate (Group D), Intermediate 4WD (Group P) and Full Size Wagon (Group F) cars only. Subject to availability. To take advantage of this special offer, please use coupon number MPNA032 on your reservation. Please ensure you add racks and chains to your Optional Extras.


This winter Treble Cone (Wanaka NZ) is introducing the Max Vert Challenge, and inviting Treble Cone skiers and riders, all season long, to have a chance at winning what may well be our best prize ever.
The Max Vert Challenge and its 'sweet as' prize are all about genuine vertical and altitude - a skiing and snowboarding winter experience that no other region delivers like Treble Cone and Wanaka.
Entry is free to all skiers and snowboarders at Treble Cone with a valid Treble Cone season pass, or a Treble Cone or OnePassNZ lift pass at the mountain that offers the most vertical in the Queenstown and Wanaka region.
Simply clock up the most vertical on any day of the season, measured by our RFID technology and scanning gates in both the Home Basin and Saddle Basin, and if you've registered your lift pass at treblecone.com then you'll be entered to be drawn as the winner at the end of the season.
It's a seriously ‘sweet as’ Max Vert Challenge prize pack;
 Treble Cone Season Pass or 2 x 5 day Powder Passes for Winter 2014
 7 Run Max Vert Heli-Ski Day in 2014 courtesy of Harris Mountain Heli-Ski
 15,000ft Skydive in 2014 courtesy of Skydive Wanaka
To enter all you need to do is;
1. Register your Treble Cone or OnePassNZ lift pass or your Season Pass at treblecone.com
2. Clock up the most vertical in the Home and Saddle Basins for any given day
3. You’ll be entered in the draw to WIN the major prize (to be drawn in October 2013)
The more days you crack the Leader Board, the more chances that you’ll be drawn as our winner.
Good luck and happy skiing and riding!
Full terms and conditions available at www.treblecone.com/max-vert-challenge/

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