Skia ora *|FNAME|*,
It always astounds me how the weather and snow forecasting works. This week was a prime example of the forecasters not really knowing what it going on (7 days out) and spouting data from a computer model. Personally I try to relay information to you, interpreted from about six of these computer models so at least you know that someone has thought about it. As we predicted earlier this week (when everyone was shouting POW DAY on Facebook), regretfully the freezing levels are too high to benefit many ski area parking lots. There is snow forecast for this weekend to low levels but not before heavy rains take their toll. Don't get me wrong, the freezing levels in Otago don't look too bad but they will still get a little rain through the middle of the cycle. We may get 25cm at upper levels in Otago but don't expect that across the board.
If you haven't been to the mountains this season then you're missing out because most ski areas with snowmaking have done a supreme job of keeping pistes open and punters happy. I personally had some great days at Treble Cone earlier in July. Three weeks ago we said, "don't write the season off just yet". I am still hopeful and we are not cancelling any trips. If it's open we're there because the worst day in the mountains is still better than the best day in town! More forecast info below.
There are tonnes of events on this weekend:
Friday: New Zealand Snowboarder Magazine 60th Issue Party in Wanaka
Saturday: Adaptive Snowsports Otago Branch Trip and, Burton Snowbroads at The Remarks, Roundhill 80's Day, Women's Workshop Weekend at Porters,
Saturday or Sunday: Ram's Head Downhill and Family Fun Day at Hanmer Springs. The Nitro & Elan Rail Jam at Turoa, Christiania Derby at Whakapapa ( I suspect that they will use the weather day on Sunday at Hanmer and Ruapehu)
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..
In the South it is a hat and goggles day on Saturday and is looking good for Sunday. The North Island, the winds will drop for Sunday, enjoy the new snow at the end of this storm cycle!
Scotty - Snow Editor
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