Who says NZ is having a lean snow year?! Image:: NZSKI.com
Snow Journal | Matt White
Kia Ora Everyone!
Hope you are all enjoying the new snow that has fallen upon us over the past week, its been great to get some powder turns in finally! Some really heavy rain has caused some significant snowfalls in the Canterbury region.. Mt Dobson just keeps getting nailed by every storm that rolls through and is currently our leader in snow depth with a solid 2.5m base, Mt Hutt got a casual meter of fresh goodness too over the week and even though the rest of the country got much smaller top ups we’re not complaining thats for sure!
Looking ahead to this week it looks like we have more snow on its way so get those powder skis/board waxed up and ready to roll, Wednesday Thursday are looking like good days to cash in some sick leave!
Whakapapa/Turoa/Tukino– Cloudy with snow showers to 1500m and a few fine patches all the way through to Wednesday clearing to blue skies and light winds for the remainder of the week.
Rainbow/Hamner Springs/Mt Lyford– A foggy start to the morning tomorrow, snow showers developing on Sunday and continuing through to Tuesday evening where it will clear up but there will still be a chance of rain showers for Wednesday/Thursday.
Temple Basin, Broken River, Cragieburn, Cheeseman, Mt Hutt, Porter Heights, Mt Olympus– Foggy in the morning tomorrow, Snow showers ease in Sunday night and continue in patches for Monday-Tuesday and should clear up to blue skies for Wednesday onward.
Fox Peak, Mt Dobson Round Hill, Ohau– A foggy morning for Saturday with snow showers rolling in overnight and may stick around as long as Tuesday afternoon and then clearing up for Wednesday/Thursday
Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Park/Snow Farm, Remarkables, Coronet Peak– Same as the rest of the South Island, a bit of fog for the morning tomorrow with some snow showers developing on Sunday and continuing through Tuesday with Wednesday/Thursday looking set to be blue bird.
Heli Challenge winner Will Jackways grabbin some tail at Treble Cone Image:: Danie Meissel
Here’s how the resorts are shaping up snow-wise
Snow Bases across the country (cm)
Hamner Springs 75
Mt Lyford 165
Mt Hutt 85
Mt Cheeseman 95
Mt Olympus 130
Temple Basin 91
Broken River 95
Fox Peak On Hold
Mt Dobson 240
Treble Cone 103
Snow Park 35
Snow Farm 20
Coronet Peak 50
Queenstown Snowcats On Hold
The course is looking epic for the Burton High Fives Image:: SnowPark NZ
Its all go in Wanaka this week with the Burton High Fives competition bringing 60 of the worlds best halfpipe and slopestyle riders to Snowpark NZ to battle it out for a prize purse of $70 000 US dollars.. (not a bad days work if you’re the winner!) well worth a look if you want to see some action!! There is also a Snowmobile hill climb competition going down at Roundhill this saturday for all the petrol heads out there.
Thats it for this week, keep it safe out there and enjoy the coming storm.. just keep off my lines!!
Let it snow!!