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Previous Issues:
Issue 1 - 28 March 2007
Issue 2 - 11 April 2007
Issue 3 - 25 April 2007
Issue 4 - 09 May 2007

ISSUE 5            WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2007 ....

The Ski Swap was a busy and sucesssful night for the SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team....
Meanwhile on the mountain, we await the winter storm cycles to hit. Won't be long now...

In this issue:

Lars Binsbergen
17 Curtis St. Okato
phone 06 7524424
Major Sponsor
of the SMC E-newsletter

Contact Us:
06-757 9880
New Plymouth

Contact Us:
06-759 9943 bus
06-752 7697 a/h

GOINGS ON’ Around the Manganui Ski Area

2007 SMC Subs & Season Passes

The cut-off date for our payment of regular priced season passes has now passed. Please note the cost increase in the passes from now on. Check out our Club Membership page for more info.
Expect to see your 2007 member/season pass stickers sent out shortly. The Treasurer is busy processing all memberships so they won't be far away.
Not currently an SMC member? Then check out the Club Membership page on the website to see what benefits await you...

SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Ski Swap

Last Thursday's Ski Swap at the New Plymouth Yacht Club saw a great turnout - the first time it has been staged on a Thursday night. Organiser Clive Saleman said that profit was up from the last few years, which was pleasing considering that there was a shortage of late model skis and ski boots for sale…

Dirk Schmidt-Rittershaus the SMC treasurer seemed flat out all night doing new memberships and renewals…so once all processed we will be welcoming more new members to SMC for 2007...

The winner of the Ski Swap draw for the season pass is...
Jan Carnarchan. Congratulations.

SMC Junior Ski Racing 2007 Race Events Calendar

Events at Mt. Ruapehu

20–23 July
National Points J/K Race at Whakapapa for registered skiers (Sl or GS not stated)

28 July
Rossignol Junior Race at Whakapapa Dual Slalom for 6-16 yr olds not registered

4 August
Rossignol Junior Race at Turoa Dual Slalom for 6-16 yr olds not registered

10-13 August
J/K Cup GS at Turoa 

25-26 August
Rossignol Junior Race at Whakapapa Dual Slalom for 6-16 yr olds not registered 

3-7 Sept
NI Primary and Int School Ski Champs at Whakapapa

9-11 Sept
NI Secondary Schools Ski Champs at Turoa

15 Sept
Mapei Junior Race at Whakapapa team 6-12 yr olds team of 6 with minimum 2 girls per team (single entries also)

17-19 Sept
NI Secondary Schools Snowboard Champs at Turoa

22-26 Sept
J/K Races at Turoa one Slalom and one GS for registered skiers

Nationals Events

24-29 Aug
K Cup National 2SL,2GS,2SG - Mt Hutt

1-3 Sept
K Cup National - Coronet Peak

If you are interested in getting your children involved, feel free to contact Clive Saleman:
p 752 7140, m 027-290 6636.

See the SMC website Junior Ski Racing and Training page for more info.

Metservice weatherstation installation

The weatherstation that SMC purchased late last year has been transported to Five Dollar Hut at the top of the top tow, and will soon be connected up for operation.

The weather data gathered from this will help the Snow Safety Crew better understand the conditions as they update the Mt. Tarananki avalanche advisory and complete avalanche assessments for the Manganui Monster avalanche path and the Manganui Ski Area.
One of our future developments of the new website will be to display 'real time' weather data from this location, on the SMC website. An example is below

Proud to be supporting the Stratford Mountain Club.
Buying or selling Real Estate, call Clive Saleman AREINZ
06-758 7113 b/h
06-752 7140 a/h
027-290 6636 m

Mountain House Motor Lodge

Taranaki's Swiss Alpine Restaurant and Accommodation

Contact Us:
0800 Mountain
0800-66 86 82
06-765 6100
Pembroke Rd, Stratford


Thanks to all who have participated so far in the Working bees. If you are keen in assisting in one of the scheduled working bees contact the organisers below or just turn up on the day.





Working Bee

May 27 Mario Padrutt
Brooke Fletcher
7550236 7588879 Flying Fox, T-bar, Top Tow
June 03 (Queens Birthday Weekend)

unofficial working bee, as per list in lodge

June 10

Mark Braddock
Ben Plummer-Butt

Top Tow & T-bar organisation
June 17 Phil Powell
Chris Burr
T-bar, Machinery, Top Tow

June 24

Rhys Williams
Karl Lapwood


 Staff Training


Remember that the voluntary work doesn't go unrewarded! A working bee gets you a working bee ticket, that can be exchanged for a lift pass, or accommodation at the Manganui Lodge, should you already hold an SMC season pass.


The Sunday working bees have been progressing well and while work on the lower field is almost complete to the point where M&I can do their yearly inspections to allow us to operate there is still a reasonable amount of work left to do on the top tow particularly on safety fences. More timber was flown in during the weekend a huge thank you to the DOC for allowing us to tag our loads on to their helicopter activity, so a good crew is still needed to get this work done prior to the onset of winter.

A very warm welcome to Nicky Nelson onto the committee. She comes on as our new social convener and replaces Brett Manning who has stepped down after many years of service to the club.

A very successful ski swap night was held on Thursday the 17th of May an excellent turnout with funds generated going to the ski racing department. Thanks to Clive Saleman and his team of helpers for organizing a great night.

As mentioned above, the Club last year sought and was approved funds for a state of the art Met Service weather station which is about to be installed at the top of the top tow. The information gained from this station will provide valuable information that will enable safety services to more accurately gauge conditions on the field and over time the information collected will build up a valuable picture of various weather events that dictate conditions on our mountain
At the bottom of the mountain NIWA is progressing with their application with DOC in relation to their state of the art weather station at the public shelter.When this occurs we will have enough information from the upper and lower fields to predict just about any event.

See you all on the Mountain.
Chris Burr

Upcoming Events…

Sunday 27 May - Working Bee

Sunday 10 June - Working Bee

Saturday 21 July - Taranaki Surf 'n Snow Classic 2007 
check out our events page for info


The SMC committee is currently working on…

  • Getting the Ts on the T-bar and then M&I clearance to allow operation
  • Getting the top tow safety fence finished
  • Completion of First aid training days, and all staff and operator training days, and avalanche procedures revised
  • Final clean up of the Manganui Lodge for the season start
  • Getting the ticketing system installed and operational
  • Stocking the canteen for the season start
  • Ensuring all aspects of the Ski Area Safety Plan (SASP) are up to date and the operations room is set for winter
  • Selection and purchase of new Ski Area Staff uniforms
  • Completion of annual checks for Manganui Lodge fire and intrusion alarm systems, and sprinkler system inspection
  • Local electrical contractor appointed for breakdown maintenance (on call if members unavailable)

Images of 2006…

Julia Padrutt, 18 June

Julia Padrutt, 26 June

 Learners tow fun




Weather prediction from

We will be into the winter proper in June. I expect a slightly longer winter ski season than last year, with first significant snow for the whole country arriving in the second week of June. South Canterbury may have falls up to the end of November. 

Mt Ruapehu will snow from June to October, but between June and mid August access roads may again see closures. August should be quite dry for the country so not much snow falling in that month, but it will be cold.

The trend in the next few years is towards longer winters and extended summers, with the peak of the colder winter seasons around 2011-13. This winter will probably not see colder temperatures than last year, but with colder days starting earlier the season may be slightly longer than in 2006.

The cooler days of 2008 should start slightly earlier still, as we head towards a peak of longer winters in about three years time.  Despite current media stories about global warming, the reality is just the reverse for the southern hemisphere.

The southern hemisphere is cooling. Antarctica has been thickening for the past 20 years, and is colder today than is usual for April. The Tasman glacier is growing. This colder trend will peak around 2010-12 (which will also see an El Nino over summer), after which by 2022 we will have moved back towards the milder winters we experienced in 2004/5.  Anyone who wants to look at the records will see that 2007 is repeating a monthly trend that was last displayed in 1971, 36 years ago.

That year, in April it was no coincidence that there was torrential rain 5 days before the new moon, just as there was this month. In 1971 snow fell in Otago towards the middle of the month. This year Dunedin snowed on the 13th.

Ken Ring...May 07

$30m on ski-fields with more to come

Southern South Island ski areas has spent about $30 million on its fields in the past five years and promises further millions on upgrades.

In 2007 the company is again pinning hopes on the strong Australian market, with pre-bookings already about 25 per cent ahead of last year's strong season.

The privately held firm - owned and run by ski buffs - sees a dazzling winter ahead backed by the knowledge that an ongoing drought will probably limit snowmaking in Australia.

Duncan Smith is about to move from managing director to a wider planning and development role, as part of a management reshuffle.

"I think one of the key messages you can take from this management reorganisation ... is we do see the business continuing to develop," he said.

As a 6 per cent shareholder, he watched the company spend $30 million on Coronet Peak, Mount Hutt and The Remarkables fields in five years. The capital went into snowmaking and equipment to make a more reliable snow base for a business bought from Air New Zealand for $27 million on June 23, 2002.

Millions of dollars more were to be spent in the medium term.

"Accommodation is certainly not our focus, we're ski-field operators, first and foremost," he said. However, business opportunities would need to be reanalysed under the new management structure.

Pre-bookings for Australians on package holidays showed numbers were 25 to 30 per cent ahead of the same time in 2006, which itself was a strong snow season and probably helped attract the latest numbers, Mr Smith said.

Australian numbers had grown 5 per cent to 6 per cent a year since Coronet Peak had begun major snowmaking in 1991.

Australian fields had also had a "very, very poor" season in 2006 helping make it an easy decision by skiers to come back to the South Island. "Niwa (the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) tells us the winter is going to be a good one ... it should be at least about average," Mr Smith said.

Southern Alpine Recreation, which owns, planned to open Coronet Peak and Mount Hutt from Saturday June 9, and was 90 per cent likely to open within five days of that date.

The Australian drought was "becoming a significant issue" that would probably affect some Australian fields depending on their access to water for snowmaking.

SARL's decision to appoint James Coddington as chief executive reflected his knowledge of the international ski travel industry, chairman John Davies said. A group of private individuals own and run SARL including Mr Davies, listed by NBR as one of New Zealand's richest men, along with Murray Valentine and Andrew Brinsley.

By ALAN WOOD - The Dominion Post | Tuesday, 15 May 2007


Media & Marketing Contacts

If you have a question regarding marketing or press related issues please contact:

SMC Media/Website
Justin Keenan

Contact Us:
ph 06-759 6448 b/h
ph 06 752 7034 a/h
PO Box 3271
New Plymouth

Send Us Your Work

After your visit to Manganui Ski Area, please send us a copy of your finished or any other unused work.  Manganui would appreciate any photos, articles, film/video or other media that you have for our own library and files. 


...the progression of the ski manufacturing industry...

And the list of new ski manufacturers gets bigger and bigger.
Roxy, Line, as well as NZ's own Kingswood Skis, well as these ones
Evolution Skis
Igneous Skis
Liberty Skis
Movement Skis
Zag Skis

Also the 'incumbent' brands of Volkl, K2, Atomic, Fischer, Dynastar and Head are producing a wider range of skis, from Big Mountain to Pipe and Park and even Junior Pipe and Park skis.

Another ski manufacturer you may not have heard of...

Faction Skis

A tearaway group of pro skiers and random misfits who joined together in a secret base hidden deep in the heart of the European alps to create a guideline for a revolution.

What they say...
Everything we do or produce has to reflect the following ideals:

No cost cutting. No compromises. We build the skis we want to ride and we build them to last using the latest tech combined with sustainable and environmentally friendly manufacturing.

Our skis take time and effort to produce, and we only release a limited amount of stock per year.

samples of their product...The Wednesday's are our most popular skis - and this year we've made them more versatile than ever. As an all-mountain park and powder ski for guys they're just at home in the pipe as they are in the backcountry and trees - and as big mountain ski for girls they excel as well. The flex is semi-stiff - a combination of smooth flex for landing in the park and stiff enough to go anywhere else you want to take them.

- 122/92/112mm tip/waist/tail
- 21m radius sidecut
- 52/47mm tip/tail height

- Full laminate poplar woodcore
- 20º ABS sidewalls
- Glassfibre under-binding re-inforcement
- Full length double-width Rockwell steel edges
- Ptex 2000 grade extruded bases for durability
- Two year extended warranty
- Freestyle + freeride mounting points
- Faction Design House secret ingredients



Size range (cm) 191  Ability Level   Adv-Exp
At length:  191cm  
Tip/Waist/Tail width (mm) 142/112/132  Turn radius (m)  28


Manufacturers' view: To cater for all the bigger harder-charging guys (& a few girls) out there Faction have brought back the Thirteen to the collection – similar to the Faction but with a stiffer flex and a 191cm length this ski will cut through anything at any speed.

All Faction Skis are still handmade with a full laminate construction woodcore, fiberglass braiding, 22 degree ABS sidewalls, ptex 2000 grade bases, full length wrap-around Rockwell steel edges, and some secret ingredients from the Faction Design House for the best combination of performance, durability and feel out there. No cost cutting foam cores or capped skis that you see from the mass produced brands.

Chalet Diligence, Place Centrale
1936 Verbier, Switzerland
+41 (0)797 299 493

Update from World Freeride Champs in Tignes
11 April 2007

Very sad news from the World Freeride Championships in Tignes. The event was meant to be the culimnation of the IFSA Big Mountain Tour, but in reality this has been a disappointing season for the series. Two of the key European events in March were cancelled due to poor conditions and a number of the European riders struggled to make it over to North America for their events.

However, the World Championships in Tignes, was meant to put the disappointing season to rights by providing the world's leading freeskiers with the opportunity to showcase their prodigious athletic and death-defying talents to an appreciative European audience.

"Death-defying" athletes constantly battling huge risk.
"Death-defying" really are the pertinent words here. Big Mountain freeskiing puts the riders in seriously exposed situations and relies on their skills, self-control and occasionally their mandatory body-protection to eschew major calamity, while still pushing the slope to the limits of what is practically possible to ski.

It's a fine balance and one that these supreme athletes tend to tread very carefully. It may look like sustained & reckless personal endangerment, but in fact the riders evaluate conditions, routes and risks extremely carefully. Testament to this is the minimal number of casualties at freeride events around the world (it's far, far lower than at, say, freestyle events).

However, there always remains a massive potential risk when riding on rock-strewn slopes of up to 50+ degrees, dropping off 60-foot cliffs into narrow chutes and using steep snow-flecked cliffs as some kind of vertical snow maze to 'billy-goat' through.

18 year old, Neal Valiton, killed in tragic fall
11 April 2007

Sadly, yesterday, young Swiss rider, Neal Valiton, paid the ultimate price for pushing at those boundaries of performance in such a perilous context. The 18 year-old rider landed badly from his first jump in the preciptious terrain. Careering into stone and ice at that speed can cause massive injury and tragically the young rider suffered a ruptured cervical vertebra (basically a broken neck) and died on the hill, despite the immediate attention of the emergency medical staff there on the hill. As Will Jones from Radio Val told us, "I saw it happen and it was pretty awful really!"

Unsurprisingly, the championships were stopped immediately in tribute to Neal Valiton, the courageous young Swiss rider so unfortunately cut down in his prime.

Advertising/Sponsorship with SMC

SMC is always open to and interested in advertising or sponsorship from companies, organizations and clubs for winter and summer opportunities. We appreciate any offers for potential sponsors and are always looking for other organisations, companies and clubs that might make a good fit for SMC and our guests.

If your company, organisation or club is interested in submitting a proposal please feel free to submit it to:

Subject: Advertising/ Sponsorship Proposals

If you would like to post a classified advert (buy/sell gear etc), please post it on the 'Garage Sale' page of our website.


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