Conditions are mostly good at Australia's resorts where snow has continued to fall over the past week with more predicted in coming days. Mt Hotham reports average snow depth is 89cm (three feet) but is a foot (30cm) deeper where there's snow making. The resort has received 42cm (1.5 feet) of snow in the past week, 8cm (three inches) of it in the past 48 hours. The numbers are similar at Thredbo, which has had 38cm (1.3 feet) of new snow in the past week and has had 2.5m of snow in the past week. Falls Creek currently has a 77cm (2.5 feet) base of natural snow and all but one lift operating, in snowmaking areas snow depth is up to a metre greater at 177cm (6 feet).
In New Zealand there has been an exciting week of weather. Mt Hutt saw over 1000 guests stranded overnight last Thursday/Friday by 200kph winds but in the past 24 hours has received 19cm (eight inches) of new snow taking upper slope depths up to two metres (nearly seven feet). At Coronet Peak the figures are a little less impressive with 5cm of snow at the weekend taking depths to 1.1m (just under 4 feet), the Remarkables got 10cm yesterday and has a similar base depth.
On Mt Ruapehu the lifts are closed today due to strong winds. The snow is falling to though with 5cm of fresh so far and base depths up to 1.3m (over four feet) at Turoa. Whakapapa has 81cm, both are expecting more snow for the resort of the week.
The eighth annual Burton New Zealand Open Halfpipe finals took place under blue bird skies over the weekend at Cardrona Alpine Resort with Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) taking first place in the men's event and Kelly Clark (USA) winning the women's competition. Podladtchikov and Clark both finished the day NZ$6,000 richer for their efforts and set themselves up nicely with solid early season results counting towards the 2010/11 Burton Global Open Series and the Swatch TTR World Rankings.
Although the weather was perfect, warm temperatures meant the competition format had to be shortened, in order to keep Cardrona's 22-foot Olympic sized halfpipe in top shape. All 38 men and 19 women semi-finalists went straight into a single final round, with the best of two runs counting for their final ranking.