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...well almost. These four gorgeous photos, from the snow.co.nz site, have been shot on the NZ mountains this September, the crowning month of the finest season in years:

Ohau off-piste, accessed from a chairlift (credit: Troy)

Ruapehu Ski Club lodge and Ngauruhoe (credit: RSC)

The Remarkables: Snowboard Nationals' BoarderX

South Buchanans mountain range, near Mt Alte (credit: Harris Mountains Heliski)

You can enlarge the shots with the zoom button in the bottom RH corner
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Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
...and New Zealand's September smothering goes on. Snow.co.nz reports today that "Mt Ruapehu is full on at the moment, Turoa has 3.25m of snow and Whakapapa has 2.8m."

Here's the latest photo evidence from the site:

A cafe on Turoa, being excavated (credit: Gabbie)

Top of Treble Cone, looking towards Mount Aspiring (credit: Daniel)
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
A fantastic picture from Ohau. The background mountains look extraordinarily moody in that photo... (unless its my computer being moody). Ohau is one of the South Islands small clubfields, and thoroughly worth a visit it is too, such a nice break from the ramjams in queenstown and wanaka...
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David, I think you must be putting those pictures up to torture me as an ex-pat kiwi Crying or Very sad Wink
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Yeah, but I remember the year when the snow didn't come down any further down Ruapehu than that hut being excavated.
And to think I came over in search of better snow conditions..... Crying or Very sad
Hang on - I want to know how the photographers all managed to get such a blue sky. Lucky shots inbetween the usual high wind/low cloud/rain?
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Manda wrote:
Lucky shots inbetween the usual high wind/low cloud/rain?


last time i saw Ruapehu there was a cloud of a different sort bellowing out from inside the volcano!
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Buchanans shot got me very envious - but Ohau obviously had a painted backdrop!
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Tony Lane, Eh? Oh you mean 1996ish. Been a while since that's happened.

snowball, I agree. Has to be. Photochop (not sure if that's a freudian slip or not) does wonders these days, innit.
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Manda wrote:
Tony Lane, Eh? Oh you mean 1996ish. Been a while since that's happened.


Yes it was 1996, right at the beginning of the season. Unfortunately, it has been a while since i was there.
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Feel free to go visit. [I should charge a fee to NZ Tourisim Board]
My mum will meet you at the airport (she's a good proper Kiwi mum like that....).
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If you asked nicely she'd probably even drive you up the resort. She ain't a skier - she's a proper paid up Forest&Bird member & will talk your ear off about local weather patterns & climate change. If you're lucky.
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that's a kind offer! (and i ask for everything nicely!)

my g/f and I are off to Australia in two weeks time and so a return to NZ will have to wait for a while longer - however, it is top of the list of our honeymoon destinations (I should point out that this is still a hypothetical concept!)
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And love to help out and answer questions and of course, read each other's snow reports.
Bless. Have fun with the jet lag.

Incidentally my folks have a traditional NZ beach house overlooking the ocean there that they regularly rent out (assuming you (or in fact any snowhead) head off down to NZ & find yourself on the west coast of the North Island).
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