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Long summer evenings, Bar-b's, beaches; Whether you're sipping wine on the deck of a ski club at Whakapapa, getting up to Mt Hutt for a spring fling or getting your last fix at Cardrona for the season, Snowco wishes you a fun-filled spring and summer for 2013/2014. That is unless you're lucky enough to be heading over to the white room in the Northern Hemisphere.

Yep this is our last weekly THASU for the season. We will be bringing you a season upate and roundup in a fortnight and then monethly over the summer. We will be keeping you updated this summer about the progress of our athletes competing at Sochi and on the Freeski World Tour.

Here's the latest: (Remember for weekend weather check out the bottom of this page)

Closing this weekend:
Temple Basin; Only Downhill tow operating which means you have to walk there.
Dobson; The piste is saturated but they have kept the best until last, with good top to bottom coverage..
Ohau; Spring conditions. Firm at first, creamy snow as the day warms. There is still good off-piste coverage in places. Main trails are groomed.
Cardrona; Valley View Lift is now closed for the season.. One of the best Spring snow cover in a decade and more snow expected Fri and Sat!.
The Remarkables: Spring like conditions. On trail has been groomed to perfection, off piste will be firm at first but will soften quickly as the morning progresses.

Closing 13th October - just one more week:
Mt Hutt: Overnight rain has created super soft conditions on the main trails with the more popular trails likely to chop-up quickly and become quite heavy and tiring. Oodles of good skiing and riding options expected off-trail and as the day warms up off-trail may well provide some of the best skiing and riding on the mountain.

Closing 28th October - Labour Weekend
Whakapapa & Turoa: There is no longer have any beginner facilities open at Whakapaa but still have great skiing & boarding conditions on the upper mountain!! Turoa has machine packed snow on trail and variable off trail, it is beginning to soften off trail but there are still some icy patches. It looks great up the High Noon Express but anything lower stick to the pistes. Turoa will be open until an unspecified date in Snovember but have not confirmed what that will be yet.

Broken River doesn't set a date, they stay open as long as there is snow. The access tow is rather lean with a large extent of tussock near the bottom making riding up a real adventure. If you prefer snow under your skis then a short walk up the access road will have you up at Palmer Lodge and in the snow in no time. Broken River Basin still looks sick but don't delay.
Manganui will open again if the get snow. Lower mtn closed for season, unless they get a huge dump. more snow required to operate the upper slopes. They're even optimistic in the Naki.

INTERNET POLL: Last week the Porters webcam went down, the Happy Valley webcam blurred, Turoa stating a 275cm snowbase and TC said 70cms at their base area; Do you believe the snow reports? 96% don't so far. VOTE HERE!

What's coming up in The New Zealand Snow Sports Events Calendar?
Whakapapa & Turoa Bikini Downhill
Bring Back the Bikini!
A great fun event raising money for Breast Cancer awareness
Entry $5 per run - All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Foundation.
Come on up, have some fun in the sun at Mt Ruapehu. Don't forget to get those skis/boards and legs waxed and ready to go!!
The event will take place at Whakapapa and Turoa on October 5th (contingency 6th).
The North Island Ski Champs at Turoa
The South Island Ski Champs at Mt Hutt
Gatsby's Great Snowball
The Canterbury Ski Clubs unite to bring you Gatsby's Great Snowball!
A gala event with proceeds to support the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Call this your insurance for future injury or just a great evening to celebrate the season of shredding up the slopes with like minded people. Make sure you dress to impress in classic roaring '20s fashion.
Ticket includes complimentary drink, lavish supper by Moveable Feasts, music by The Easy Hearts and free Photo Booth Fun.
Fantastic raffle prizes! Tickets on Sale Here.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor


Certification in Ski Patrol at Tai Poutini Polytech


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Above the clouds today and it is glorious...
Posted by Cardrona

Ohau I Love spring snow at the Hau! Were into our last week of the season so get on up here while you still can! Posted by ohau

Thank you everyone for an incredible Winter '13. You guys are the ONESIES!!
Posted by treblecone

There is some great spring snow to be had at Mt Ruapehu. This shot was taken out on Triangle at Turoa. Posted by turoa


Junior Nationals Competitors Resilient in Challenging Weather

New Zealand’s young skiers and snowboarders proved themselves a hardy bunch in the face of challenging weather conditions on day three of competition at the Snow Sports NZ 2013 Freeski & Snowboard Junior Nationals today. Read more...

Town Turns Off 'Unsafe' Water Supply After RAL Spill

A diesel spill from a Ruapehu Alpine Lift tank is leaching into the Makotuku stream - the primary tributary to the Raetihi town water supply. Read more...

Gutsy Performances from Young Competitors at Day Two of Snow Sports NZ 2013 Freeski & Snowboard Junior Nationals

Day two of the Snow Sports NZ 2013 Freeski & Snowboard Junior Nationals took place at Cardrona Alpine Resort today. Read more...



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*Conditions apply


A very busy weather map won't come to much this weekend so don't take the snow icons below too seriously. Some possible showers in the north with a bit of cloud and light winds will mean that there will be generally good conditions at Ruapehu this weekend. Further south all of the warnings are for west of, or close to the divide so shouldn't affect areas in the east too much. Again expect cloud and light winds this weekend. Best day for riding in both islands is Sunday but don't write off Saturday either. Have a good one!!

Ski Area Fri 4th Sat 5th Sun 6th
Ruapehu dayclear dayclear dayclear dayrainshowers dayclear dayrainshowers
Taranaki dayrainshowers daylightrain dayrainshowers dayrainshowers dayclear dayclear
Nelson / St Arnaud daylightrain daypartcloud dayrainshowers daypartcloud daypartcloud dayrainshowers
North Canterbury daypartcloud dayclear daypartcloud daypartcloud daypartcloud dayrainshowers
Canterbury daypartcloud daypartcloud daylightrain dayrainshowers daypartcloud daypartcloud
The MacKenzie daylightrain dayrainshowers daylightrain daylightrain dayclear dayrainshowers
Wanaka daymodrain daymodrain daylightrain dayrainshowers dayclear dayrainshowers
Queenstown daylightrain daylightrain dayrainshowers dayrainshowers dayclear dayclear

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


2013 End of Season Staff Video

2013 Snow Sports NZ Junior Freeski & Snowboard Nationals Day Three

2013 Snow Sports NZ Junior Freeski & Snowboard Nationals Day Two

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