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Skia ora *|FNAME|*,

Going back 20 years before snowmaking, when schools operated on a three term year and the three week winter holiday fell in August, it was virtually unheard of for ski areas to open until July. The mainstream press cottons on to 'delayed opening dates' and interprets it as a bad snow year. Yes, we did have the warmest June on record but do not write off 2014 as a poor snow year just yet. Traditionally it is the July storms that build the snowpacks for a great August and September. Let's see how this prediction stacks up. (Snow in May melts away, snow in June is still too soon, it's snow in July you can rely.) Oh and with snowmaking... conditions on-piste are already pretty awesome at the larger areas.

Ahhh, the school holidays. Time to juggle home and work lives... and ski trips. There is SO much happening out there this, and next week in the mountains. Full moon Fondues, school holiday camps, Warren Miller's Ticket to ride, NZ Mountain Film Festival, Ice Carving, Trans Tasman biathlon challenge, Junior Interfield alpine comps, Christmas in July celebrations, etc, etc. For more details make sure that you check out the NZ Snow Sports Events Calendar.

We're looking forward to a fantastic season! Get into it!

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Scotty - Snow Editor




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North Island:

Egmont National Park:Mostly cloudy. Patchy rain developing about Egmont tonight. Mt Ruapehu: Cloudy, with patchy rain or drizzle. WINDS: Northeasterlies, gale in exposed places, possibly severe gale about Egmont. FREEZING LEVEL: 2600 metres in the west and south, 2200 metres at Mt Ruapehu.
Saturday: Rain spreading to most places by the end of the day. Heavy falls about Mount Egmont where rain eases to showers at night. Snow level lowering to 1700 metres. Northerlies, gale or possibly severe gale in exposed places. FREEZING LEVEL: 2000 metres.
Sunday: Rain with some heavy falls, easing to showers from afternoon. Snow level 1700 metres. Northerlies, dying out at night. FREEZING LEVEL: 2000 metres.

South Island:

Kaikoura Ranges: Mostly cloudy. Scattered rain developing tomorrow. Kahurangi and Nelson Lakes National Parks: Occasional drizzle, turning to rain this evening, with heavy falls tomorrow. Southern Alps: Rain, often heavy. WINDS: Northeasterlies, gale in exposed places, tending northerly today and possibly rising to severe gale south of Mt Cook. FREEZING LEVEL: About 2400 metres.
Saturday: Rain with heavy falls in the north and west. High cloud and a few spots elsewhere. Snow lowering to 1500 metres in Fiordland overnight. Northerly gales easing. FREEZING LEVEL: 2000 metres lowering to 1600 metres in fiordland overnight.
Sunday: Rain clearing the Kaikoura ranges in the morning. Rain or showers elsewhere,with heavy falls near the divide. Snow lowering to 500 metres in the south. Winds changing cold southerly. FREEZING LEVEL: Lowering to 1600 metres in the north and to 1000 metres in south.

Ski Area Fri 11th Sat 12th Sun 13th
Ruapehu daypartcloud daypartcloud daylightsnow daylightsnow dayclear dayclear
Taranaki dayrainshowers dayrainshowers daylightrain dayrainshowers dayclear dayrainshowers
Nelson / St Arnaud daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow daysnowshowers daypartcloud daypartcloud
North Canterbury daypartcloud daypartcloud dayrainshowers daycloud dayclear daypartcloud
Canterbury daycloud daypartcloud daypartcloud daypartcloud dayclear daypartcloud
The MacKenzie daylightrain daymodrain daysnowshowers daylightsnow daysnowshowers daylightsnow
Wanaka daymodrain daylightrain daylightsnow daylightsnow daylightsnow daymodsnow
Queenstown daylightrain daylightrain daysnowshowers dayrainshowers daysnowshowers daymodsnow

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


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