We had an unusually slow and warm start to winter this year. But come August 1st 40cms of snow fell and set the winter off in style with great powder skiing in the Buchannan Mountains near Wanaka. It proves that August really does remain the most reliable month to ski in NZ. The snow stability has been good and the runs quite long. The forecast ahead looks like several more small storms lining up which I hope will retain the good skiing for the next few weeks.