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Skia ora *|FNAME|*,

It's snowing!! Hang on to your hats because there is 20 - 30cms of snow due in this storm and more possible next Tuesday. In between the storms, the weekend will be... well, you had better read that below. The Canterbury club fields are on the verge of opening and winter has finally arrived. Those that have been up will know that there is some great freshies about, even though the off-piste snowbase is still in catch-up mode. Dust off your chains for this weekend because it's cooled down and it will be snowing to low levels. Rainbow is opening their T-bar from the top, Cheeseman is looking very positive for an opening within the next few days, Temple Basin is opening on Saturday and we feel that other Canterbury Club Field announcements are not far away.

Friday: King of Coronet Chinese Downhill at Coronet Peak
Friday & Saturday:
NZ SKi Masters competitions at Coronet Peak.
Saturday: Fire & Ice Party at Temple Basin, Ben Ohoo Highland Games at Ohau, The NZ Youth Series races at Whakapapa and Ohau.
Sunday: Telemark Week starts at Broken River.
Monday: Full Moon Fonue at Snowfarm.
Feature Event: The Merino Muster - A New Zealand High Country Ski Adventure.​ Merino Muster is the Snow Farm's headline event! This mass start event has something for everyone with novices lining up along side international elite athletes. For the more relaxed athlete there is the 7 km course around Merino Glen which most people manage on their first day of nordic skiing. The 21 km course travels around Merino Glen and then out around River Run and back on The Loop. For the experienced cross country skier there is the 42 km Marathon which covers the 21km course and then heads out through Hanging Valley and then back around the Loop for a second time. Lead-up from next Thursday, event next Saturday.

Get out there and enjoy this weekend!!
Scotty - Snow Editor

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North Island:

Patchy drizzle, turning to rain with heavy falls from this evening, easing to showers tonight with snow lowering to 900 metres. Showers clearing most places tomorrow afternoon, but one or two linger about Tongariro National Park. Winds: Northwesterly gales, severe gales south Tongariro National Park, tending southwest later tomorrow and easing. FREEZING LEVEL: About 2000 metres, lowering to 1200 metres tonight.
Saturday: Remaining showers about the Tongariro National Park clearing. Mainly fine elsewhere. Strong or gale southwesterlies, dying out at night. FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 900 metres.
Sunday: Fine, apart from a few showers about Mount Taranaki, and late drizzle about the volcanoes. Northwesterlies developing, rising to gale about the Tararua Range. FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 1500 metres.

South Island:

Kaikoura Ranges: Mostly cloudy, brief afternoon showers today, and snow showers tomorrow morning. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks: Rain, heavy in the west, turning to snow showers this evening and clearing later tomorrow. Southern Alps and Fiordland: Heavy snow, with thunderstorms, clearing tomorrow. Winds: Severe west to northwest gales, tending southwest tomorrow and easing.
FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 1000 metres but 500 metres in the south tonight.
Saturday: Mainly fine, but rain or snow developing in Fiordland. Southwesterlies, dying out. FREEZING LEVEL: 800 metres, rising to 1200 metres in the west.
Sunday: Mainly fine about the Kaikoura Ranges. Rain elsewhere, with heavy falls, falling as snow above 900 metres. Gale or severe gale northwesterlies developing. FREEZING LEVEL: Rising to 1300 metres.

Ski Area Fri 8th Sat 9th Sun 10th
Ruapehu daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daysnowshowers dayclear daysnowshowers
Taranaki daysnowshowers daysnowshowers daysnowshowers dayclear daypartcloud daysnowshowers
Nelson / St Arnaud daysnowshowers daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear dayclear daypartcloud
North Canterbury daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
Canterbury daysnowshowers dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear dayclear
The MacKenzie daysnowshowers daylightsnow dayclear dayclear daysnowshowers daysnowshowers
Wanaka daylightsnow daylightsnow dayclear dayclear daysnowshowers daylightsnow
Queenstown daylightsnow daylightsnow dayclear dayclear daysnowshowers daysnowshowers

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


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