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Snow in the south
Sunday July 24, 2011 - Email this article to a friend

We had a bit of snow across The Alps last week, down under it has been dumping with huge falls in New Zealand. Check out the videos from Australia and New Zealand. In South America it has caused huge problems and some suffering.

The snow drought that New Zealand had at the beginning of its winter is all but a distant memory as resorts delayed their openings and the only snow was the man-made stuff.

Not any more.

It has been snowing down to sea level. Literally. There has been a light dusting on some beaches. 

Christchurch has had 30cm and 2,000 homes are without electricity.

A cold blast from the Antarctic is responsible.

It is -6c in the ski resort of Mt Hutt and the area is gradually opening up.

"Cold temps have kept snow in great condition, there will be some nice pockets of wind effected fresh snow today. Wrap up warmly," says a statement on the resort's web site.

Around 4,500 people have made the most of the best snow day of the season so far with powder described as "light as air."

40cm of powder snow has come down in The Remarkables and more than 25cm on Coronet Peak in the past 24 hours.

"There were lots of 'yahoos', lots of excited people, smiles and high fives out there today with fresh snow just adding to the good times," said The Remarkables ski area manager, Ross Lawrence.

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The ski resorts have been enjoying the new snow according to the round up video from the resorts.

The US team including Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller will be training in the country shortly so it seems the change in the weather has come at just the right time for them.

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Australia has had a record-breaking start to its winter and things seem to be continuing though it is not currently as snowy as New Zealand.


Falls Creek:

The extreme weather has even been blowing waterfalls up into the air as we reported in this PlanetSKi story last week. Amazing sights!

Meanwhile South America has been doing well too.

In Argentina winter has finally arrived  with good levles of snowfall.

The snow in South America however is most certainly not welcomed by everyone.

In Chile heavy snowfall over a four day period left thousands of people isolated in 8 districts. In some places it is the worst snow for 3 decades.

There have been calls from the government for international assistance to help reach trapped people. Many are without water and electricity.

It has though bought good conditions to the country's ski resorts.

For news and pictures of last week's snow in The Alps see this story.

For the spirit of the mountains

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