NZ Weekly Weather Blog – The Seven Year Hope

June 20th, 2011

Mt Hutt Tuesday afternoon Image:: Mt Hutt cam

Snow Journal | Matt White

They say the weather works in a 7 year cycle.. Hopefully this time round they are right. Still no snow across the ditch here in NZ, but I remembered the other day about winter 2004, a season that started off a lot like this one, but in one quick hit Mother Nature turned it into one of the best winters we have had for a while.

This being said there always seems to be some kind of theory behind the weather, right now all we can do is pray… not that we haven’t already been praying for what seems like an eternity! I have even taken some of my advice from last week literally and sacrificed a few boards into a chair, and made a shot ski in an attempt to make the snow gods happy.

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Weather Outlook for this week
In the Nth island there is snow forecast for the next few days up to the weekend, wind may affect that but fingers crossed that it settles and stays! For the South, we have a mixture of fog, sun and snow… at present not enough to get excited over but as we all know this can change quickly!

Upcoming events
This friday marks the beginning of the Queenstown Winter Festival, lack of snow aside there will be plenty to see and do for the whole week with events such as the opening fireworks display, Warren Miller film premiere, creative arts workshops, frisbee golf, live music, lake plunges and heaps more fun things to keep your mind off the late winter we have going on at the moment.

Opening dates
All of the mountains are still clinging on to hope of opening on their scheduled dates, however those that have passed that date such as Snow Park, The Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt are all on hold until the snow arrives. You can also expect a few more to change their status over this week as a few more opening dates loom. In case you missed last week, here are the current dates for opening across NZ:

Turoa: June 28
Whakapapa: July 2
Tukino: July 2
Rainbow: July 2
Mt Lyford: June 30
Hamner Springs: July 2
Temple Basin: July 2
Broken River: July 2
Craigieburn: July 2
Mt Cheeseman: July 2
Mt Olympus: July 9
Porters: On Hold
Mt Hutt: Beginners area and half of Broadway open as of June 27
Mt Dobson: July 9
Roundhill: July 9
Ohau: July 1
Treble Cone: On Hold until conditions improve
Cardrona: On Hold until conditions improve
Snow Farm: On Hold until conditions improve
Snow Park: On Hold until conditions improve
The Remarkables: On Hold until conditions improve
Coronet Peak: On hold until conditions improve

I was the unlucky one and got the green absinthe shot..

Well that concludes another week, I’m gonna run out of stuff to write about soon if it doesn’t snow! You Aussies should spread the love and send some snow our way…….

The Remarkables forecasts,
snow reports and
live snow cams.

Treble Cone forecasts,
snow reports and
live snow cams.

Snow Park forecasts,
snow reports and
live snow cams.

Cardrona forecasts,
snow reports and
live snow cams.

Coronet Peak forecasts,
snow reports and
live snow cams.

Mount Hutt forecasts,
snow reports and
live snow cams.