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Apologies - A correction: The Remarkables has extended their season to October 6th not the 13th as we previously published.

Daylight saving starts this Saturday night. Don't forget to SPRING forward your clocks. And don't forget to pick your day and get yourself up to a mountain near you this spring because it's the best time and your life will be more hollow without it.

It may be over for Emirates Team New Zealand but it is far from over at many ski and board areas. Due to the last two warm storms closing dates published last week can be thrown out the window. Here's the latest: (Remember for weekend weather check out the bottom of this page)

Closing this weekend:
Porters; Excellent spring snow on the upper mountain especially in Sundance, the Leaper and on Bluff Face, soft snow on the main runs on the lower mountain.
Treble Cone: Due to the soft spring snow pack the Saddle has now been closed. Patrol will continue to monitor this. Signage will be posted at the Lift stations.
Coronet Peak; The snow will be soft and granular until mid-morning when it turns wet and slushy. The coverage on main trails is excellent and there is still some good spring skiing off to the sides

Closing 6th October - the end of the first week of the school holidays:
Temple Basin; Only Downhill tow operating which means you have to walk there.
Dobson; with good top to bottom coverage, opening from this Saturday for the school holidays.
Ohau; Spring conditions. Firm at first, creamy snow as the day warms. Great cover off piste. Main trails groomed.
Cardrona; Valleyview Lift and Goldrush will be re-opened for next w/e. One of the best Spring snow cover in a decade and more snow expected Fri and Sat!.
The Remarkables: Now open an extra week!! Has fantastic snow coverage with spring like conditions, firm at first but softening quickly to give you excellent all mountain spring skiing/riding. Has fantastic snow coverage with spring like conditions, firm at first but softening quickly to give you excellent all mountain spring skiing/riding.

Closing 13th October - the end of the school holidays:
Mt Hutt: Received around 10cm of new snow on top of a saturated snow base yesterday. The new snow is drier at higher elevations and has remained soft overnight due to warm temps. Great spring skiing expected both on and off the groomed trails today - with wide skis and snowboards likely to make the best of the super soft conditions.

Closing 28th October - Labour Weekend
Whakapapa & Turoa: RAL do not comment about the snow levels or condition but the Happy Valley webcam has blurred (co-incidence?) and you can see from the webcams that the upper mountain has suffered from the last few storms. They are huge ski and board areas though and up at higher altitudes there is still plenty of snow to play on. Spring is the best season, don't forget your sunscreen.
Broken River doesn't set a date, they stay open as long as there is snow.
Manganui will open again if the get snow.

In our last Internet Poll 78% of voters said they'd ride this spring. And too right because it is the BEST TIME TO GET UP THERE!! Our latest Poll: With the Porters webcam down, the Happy Valley webcam blurred and Turoa stating a 275cm snowbase; Do you believe the snow reports? VOTE HERE!

What's coming up in The New Zealand Snow Sports Events Calendar?
The Peak to Pub is back at Mt Hutt for its 14th year of snow, dirt, pavement, and everything in between! The race that promises to weed out the weak from the strong and those who coast from those who charge! The Peak to Pub is a three section race which can be done individually or in a team of three. The race starts on skis or snowboards from the peak of Mt Hutt down to the base area where you switch to a mountain bike and race down the mountain before running 11km to the Blue Pub in Methven for a well-deserved beer. The Peak to Pub is an annual event with ever changing conditions and new twists each year thanks to Peak to Pub official Spokesperson Steve Gurney being involved in the course design each year!

The North Island Ski Masters at Whakapapa
The Broken River Brewing Company BBQ Bake-Off
The TRIC Slopestyle Series at The Remarkables
The Freeski & Snowboard Junior National Champs. This event is the pinnacle Freeski and Snowboard junior age event. Giant Slalom | Slopestyle | Halfpipe | Gravity-cross | Big Mountain for Under 7 up to 16 year olds.

TAKE PART WITH US THIS SPRING. The Snowco forums are buzzing with comments and commentary. Also, remember to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Get into it, take care and have a blast.

Scotty - Snow Editor




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The sun in the sky and coffee in the cup. Today is going to be a good day!
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The Extreme Picnic Posted by Matryn Davies

A day we won't forget in a hurry.
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Still finding some good lines!
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The Extreme Picnic - PROFILES - BRIAR PETERS

The Extreme Picnic that went down last week at Mt Ruapehu in place of the cancelled FWQ event...thanks for the photos Martyn Davies. Briar: Oh my gosh, why on earth did I set my alarm for 7.30am? It feels like the middle of the night. ‘You did it for the others' I tell myself to feel better and more purposeful, which is mostly true as I need to get my scope on to pick a venue for our extreme picnic expression session. Read more...

Queenstown Ski Areas Review Closing Dates

Queenstown’s Remarkables ski area will extend its opening dates for skiers and boarders to enjoy an extra week of ‘snow time’ thanks to fantastic spring snow conditions in the last couple of weeks. The Remarkables was originally scheduled to close this weekend (29 September) but will now stay open until Sunday October 6. Read more...

Treble Cone Spring Snow Update

With only one and a half weeks to go in Snow Season 2013, Treble Cone (Wanaka NZ) is enjoying fantastic Spring skiing and snowboarding conditions, with lots of snow and sunshine. Editors Note: Since publishing this Treble Cone has closed Saddle Basin due to avalanche risk Read more...




A deepenig low pressure system in the Tasman Sea will move onto the west coast of South Island on Friday biring unsettled weather to areas south and west of Canterbury on Friday; the entire country on Saturday and clearing in the North Island on Saturday evening. This basically means that the best day for riding at Ruapehu will be on Sunday but south west winds will still be strong at times. In the South; Canterbury will have light winds and snow showers both Saturday & Sunday; the Mackenzie is in for a windy day on Saturday with light winds and snow showers on Sunday; the Southern Lakes is in for some snow showers on Saturday and clouds on Sunday with light winds. So possibly a hat/helmet and goggles weekend but still worth a look.

Ski Area Fri 27th Sat 28th Sun 29th
Ruapehu dayclear dayclear daysnowshowers daylightsnow daypartcloud daysnowshowers
Taranaki dayclear dayclear daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daylightsnow dayheavyrain
Nelson / St Arnaud dayclear dayclear daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow
North Canterbury dayclear daypartcloud dayrainshowers dayrainshowers daypartcloud daylightsnow
Canterbury dayclear daypartcloud daypartcloud daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daymodsnow
The MacKenzie dayrainshowers daymodrain daylightsnow daylightsnow daypartcloud daysnowshowers
Wanaka daylightrain daylightsnow daymodsnow daylightsnow daypartcloud daysnowshowers
Queenstown dayrainshowers dayrainshowers daylightsnow daylightrain daypartcloud daysnowshowers

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


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