Snowsports have always been the individual against the mountain.
NZSKI says it would be "naive" to think recent natural disasters in New Zealand, Australia and Japan would not have an impact on the 2011 season, but it was "too early to tell" if the impact would be negative.
Two Lakes District skifields will be open this weekend, but not the one claiming to have the best snow.
The Pisa Alpine Charitable Trust is in good heart as it works towards its goal of raising about $2 million to buy the Snow Farm from the Lee family by September.
A cafe and groomer shed at Whakapapa, on Mt Ruapehu, will be rebuilt after being destroyed by fire earlier this year.
When Wanaka's skifields received an early fall of snow this week, few were more pleased than one of Treble Cone's most senior skiers, Betty Main.
Prices have jumped $100 for most types of skifield pass as NZSki yesterday released its "early bird" season fees.
Injuries among skiers in the first week and a-half of the season have been mainly "frost injuries", St John Wakatipu operations team manager Alana Reid says.
Treble Cone skifield has shelved plans for its $20 million gondola "indefinitely" and will instead spend $200,000 on a five-year project to install safety barriers on its 7.5km access road.
Snow, freezing temperatures and dangerous roads marked Wanaka's weekend.
On the surface, mid-May seems very quiet in Queenstown, but behind the scenes the resort is buzzing with activity in preparation for the influx of winter tourists and seasonal workers.
Adaptive alpine skier Quentin Smith (34) is keenly looking forward to some strong Winter Games competition in Queenstown and Mt Hutt next week.
In 30 years' time, there will be less snow in the mountains around Wanaka and Queenstown, forcing tourism businesses to promote other reasons for Australians to take a winter holiday in the region, Canterbury researchers say.
Challenging weather conditions marred yesterday's freeski halfpipe competition at Cardrona Alpine Resort, the first freestyle skiing event of the Winter Games.
Awakino beat all other club skifields in the South Island on Saturday with one of the earliest openings in the club's history.
Police and mountain safety officials are reminding skiers of the importance of staying within skifield boundaries after two Coronet Peak skiers were lost and then found over four days this week.
You could say skier Karen Skillen took the counterculture route of turning on, dropping out, and tuning in, to start an international fundraising bid for adaptive snowsports.
Queenstown alpine skier Adam Barwood has achieved four podium placings in as many days in Snow King, Wyoming, winning two golds and two silvers since last Thursday.
Blustery winds blew away Swedish skiing star Jon Olsson's attempt at a world-first big air trick at Treble Cone skifield on Sunday, but the freeskier hopes to return next year for another attempt.