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The Valley Mega Centre,
New Plymouth
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ISSUE 22            WEDNESDAY 23 JULY 2008 ....

Rain at the end of the 1st week of the school holidays decimated the great cover we had on the lower field.

We were able to operate for 11 days until then, with 3 of those days having the top field open as well.

We await the next storm cycle to restore cover to the t-bar and get us going again...

Next snow forecast for July, according to Ken Ring, is the 26th-28th, and then the 31st.


 

In this issue


Lars Binsbergen
17 Curtis St. Okato
phone 06 7524424
lcbinsbergen@orcon.net.nz
Major Sponsor
of the SMC E-newsletter

 

 
Contact Us:
06-759 4609
New Plymouth
seasons@xtra.co.nz
www.seasonssurfboards.co.nz
www.cheapskates.co.nz

 


Kiwi Outdoors Centre
18 Ariki Street,  New Plymouth
Phone and Fax (06) 7584152
kiwioutdoorcentre@xtra.co.nz

 

 

GOINGS ON’ Around the Manganui Ski Area

The week of 07-10 July saw our best conditions of the winter to date. Great firm cover (too firm for top tow unfortunately!) saw 4 great days of t-bar and learners tow boarding/skiing. 


Snow.co.nz 6 day forecast for Manganui


Webcam Modem installed

Monday 14 July also saw our new Mobile Broadband router installed in the Operations room of the Warwick Brown building.
The idea with this router is that we will be able to connect up 2 webcams to it, and not rely on the existing dial-up data transmission (which is where our problems exist with the sporadic operating nature of the current webcam).

So now we await a schedule visit from NZX Sports (Snow.co), who own the webcam and will install a new webcam for us. Soon we will have 2 reliable webcams.

Finally, apologies for all the frustration we have experienced over the last 2 years of intermittant webcam shots! A reliable webcam image is not far away!


The Mt. Taranaki Backcountry Avalanche Advisory
 
21 July 2008  MODERATE
Issued at 2331
Weather: Rain is forecasted for the day with heavy showers in the morning which should ease before becoming heavy again towards the end of the day. The freezing will start the day of at 2300m but should lower to 1600m during the day. Winds will be strong and out of the north west.
Snowpack: The snow pack is still very wet. This will start to change as this next storm cycle approaches with a return to cooler temperatures and more snow. As temperatures cool the snow surface will become sick and icy.
Avalanche Occurrences: No avalanches have been observed.
Travel Advisory: With the poor weather conditions forecasted for the mountain backcountry travel is not recommended. Crampons and ice axe will be required as conditions return to hard and icy. The avalanche advisory is at MODERATE. 

Spotted in Jeans at Manganui... 

Pic on left is Andy Batchelor skiing in jeans on Wednesday 09 July. Rumour has it he acquired new ski pants and actually started skiing in them, but was getting so much grief about not wearing the trusty jeans, he decided to switch back! A victory for Retro?


New Weather Station installed at Top Tow Shed (1395m)

Monday 14 July saw MetService install our new weatherstation at the Top Tow Shed, mid mountain. This state of the art weatherstation is now able to give us more reliable data than our previous station.
Being permanently heated, with no moving parts and not relying on solar power, it should be able to handle our riming issues we had with the old station.
Mt. Taranaki conditions will still put it through its paces I am sure!

Look out for new data soon on the Manganui Ski Area website summary report and Snow Report/Webcam Page.
We will now be able to display live..
- Temperature
- Humidity
- Barometric Pressure
- Wind Speed and Direction
- Rain fall

All this helps our Safety Services Coordinator towards providing  the Avalanche Advisory for Mt. Taranaki, Manganui Ski Area and the Gorge Access Track.

The weather station is still the highest MetService weatherstation in the country, at 1395m. 


Tow Belts now available at the Ticket Office/Canteen

Top Tow belts are available from the Ticket Office/Canteen at the following prices:

  • Belts (inc. nutcracker) - $95
  • Harnesses (inc. nutcracker) - $150
  • nutcrackers  - $25


Sewing Wanted

Is there any non-skiing or even skiing SMC Member mothers/partners out there that would be keen on hand sewing on labels for our recently purchased Ski Racing Poles bags x3 and our race timing gear bag. The work consists of 8 labels in total about 150mm X 60mm wide that would be done in the lodge ASAP during the day or at night to fill in time. A working bee pass would be the payment for these services as required. Please contact Mark Braddock – Secretary for an expression of interest secretary@skitaranaki.co.nz or on 06 7595817 BH 06 7527035 AH 0276898149 Cell.

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
www.mountainhouse.co.nz

JUNIOR SKI RACING AND TRAINING

Weekend Race Training

is planned for Senior and Junior Ski Racers this weekend.
Check the snow phone on 7591119 for updates/details.


Race Coaching for Snowboarding...
If anyone is interested in receiving training on how to Snowboard in race gates, Karl Lapwood is keen to pass on his knowledge to you, and arrange a training day at Manganui.

Contact Karl at 02RINGKARL (0274645275).


Race Training over July School Holidays

Race Training days for SMC Junior Ski Racing were held over the school holidays on the first Wednesday and Thursday (before the rain washed away the t-bar cover).

The new gates were used for the first time and by all accounts they are the business.


The Taranaki Secondary Schools Ski/Board Champs

Manganui Ski Area, 1st available ski day after the July school holidays. Date to be confirmed. 
The Secondary schools hold their Championships on the first suitable day of next term and the Primary and Intermediate schools follow on the next suitable day. The event is held at the Manganui Ski area on Mt Taranaki a suitable day means adequate snow cover and fair weather.
The SMC racing & training coordinator Clive Saleman will attend to set the race course, and we will have Safety Services on hand for any first aid requirements.

Please feel free to contact Clive Saleman, Stratford Mountain Club Racing Coordinator 0272906636, csaleman@xtra.co.nz

Also contact  Mr. Richard (Titch) Turner at NPBHS for further details.

SMC will provide ONE complimentary (free) lift ticket voucher for each team manager from each school …on application to the race coordinator.
SMC will provide COMPETITORS lift tickets at members rate ($15), providing that each school get their manager to buy all competitors lift  tickets (ie organize total payment for all their schools competitors).


The Taranaki Primary&Intermediate Schools Ski/Board Champs

Manganui Ski Area, 2nd available ski day after the July school holidays. Date to be confirmed. 
 
Over the last several years the Taranaki Primary and Intermediate Schools Skiing Champs have been coordinated by Philli Butt of Oakura School The Coordinator this year is yet to be announced.
The Secondary schools hold their Championships on the first suitable day of next term and the Primary and Intermediate schools follow on the next suitable day. The event is held at the Manganui Ski area on Mt Taranaki a suitable day means adequate snow cover and fair weather.

Bring your lunch - pies and snack food and drinks are available on the mountain. This event is all about participation - register with your school, turn up and you will be given a start!

I will be attending the event as per the last several years with radios, stopwatches, and computer and printer to record the results.

I will attend to set the race course, and we will have Safety Services on hand for any first aid requirements.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any queries.
Regards, Clive Saleman, Stratford Mountain Club Racing Coordinator 0272906636 csaleman@xtra.co.nz

SMC will provide ONE complimentary (free) lift ticket voucher for each team manager from each school …on application to the race coordinator.
SMC will provide COMPETITORS lift tickets at members rates ($15), providing that each school get their manager to buy all competitors lift  tickets (ie organize total payment for all their school competitors).
SMC lodge will be available to teachers, parents and kids attending the primaries. 

Upcoming Events…

The Taranaki Secondary Schools Ski/Board Champs
Manganui Ski Area, 1st available ski day after the July school holidays. Date to be confirmed.

The Taranaki Primary & Intermediate Schools Ski Champs
Manganui Ski Area, 2nd available ski day after the July school holidays. Date to be confirmed.

Manganui Randonee Race
Saturday August 16th, Manganui Ski Area.A ski mountaineering race; part of the SkiMonz series 08.

SMC PRESIDENT’S REPORT

The snow came and went, and with any luck it is about to arrive again. This appears to be the fickle nature of skiing on Mt Taranaki at present. On a positive note we have had 11 days and from the operational side things have gone extremely well so thanks to all staff for their efforts we have a lot of excellent feedback as a result of your efforts.

We have had over the last few weeks a tremendous amount of rain and the amount of water that has gone through the gorge and down outlet gully has been incredible. The result is a serious amount of erosion so please take care in the gorge area and be on the look out for falling rocks which can come without warning. The track has been washed out and a temporary repair has been done to enable safe access but care is still needed.

Look to the sky, the snow is coming, bringing the prospects of good winter and spring skiing. 

Enjoy your skiing.   
       
Chris Burr
President SMC


WHAT THE SMC COMMITTEE IS UP TO / MANAGER'S REPORT FOR JULY…

The SMC committee is currently working on…

  • Snow.co Webcam replacement (new modem hardware is now installed).
  • General field operations. 
  • Funding applications for new Safety Gear
  • Investigation into possible Snow Groomer/Ski doo replacement

Managers Report for July

We have had 11 days of operation on the T-bar with good numbers from skiers, boarders and people on plastic bags.
Ski Field
The Groomer has had a major repair.
The snowmobile has a brake problem which is being sorted.
The transformers in the Learners tow have been replaced. Lodge
The Manganui has had good numbers through it. The staff have been keeping on top of the cleaning duties in the lodge. Also thanks to those that have been helping out in this area - the lodge is looking great.
Media
Still doing the daily talk with More Fm just after 8am and ZB news rings me up every week for a chat on how the season is going.
General
We have several young guys working for us, they are:
• Richard Craig
• Quintin O’Carroll
• Stephen Haami

The new weather station is installed at the base top tow shed; you will see it as you load. This has no moving parts and is heated so we should have no issues. 
We have also installed a weather station on the Warwick Brown building which is data logging to the computer in the office. This is so we can easily access data from past storms and be factual in our snow reports.

DOC is happy with the way the ski field is looking and the state of the gorge track. Just a reminder the ski field doesn’t operate until the track is clear and we need to clear all snow off wooden structures. Thanks to all those that have picked up a shovel and assisted the staff in this area.

DOC has also installed two new Avalanche Advisory signs for me with a new danger scale on them which the MSC have put out. This is to align us with the rest of the world.

Last week Hope, Stephen and I have done some work on the track at the head of the gorge where the rain had washed part of the track away. This will no doubt need some more work on it this summer but hopefully we will get through the rest of the winter at its current state.

Todd Cations-Velvin
Mananger / Safety Services Coordinator

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SNIPPETS OF INTEREST

SKI HIRE AT KIWI OUTDOORS CENTRE

If it came from left field to you guys, it was from outer space for us!

There we were happily looking forward to a snow season of Mid-Week Shuttles to Ruey and as many days on Manganui as the snow gods could provide.

BAM!  Huge dumps and the school holidays all at once, followed by the news that the owner of the Mountain House has ceased doing ski and board hire.

I was contacted by the new owner to see if I wanted to purchase the rental equipment they had.  A quick drive to the Mountain House with Todd Cations-Velvin to inspect what they had on offer proved enlightening, the carvers that were there had disappeared, along with some boots, leaving only 20 year old straights, tired rear-entry boots, and 8 boards with about 15 pairs of boots for them - not what we were interested in being associated with.

I was aware that a store in Palmerston North was selling off it’s ski rental equipment.  A call was made, a deal was done, a drive to Manawatu was made and presto - a ski hire business was born all in about 18 hours.

HELP!  We are committed to this service for the next two seasons, but we need rental from people heading to Ruapehu to make it viable for us.  I am sure you are all aware that relying on operating days on Manganui is not economical for a new hire business.
All we ask is if you can spread the word to workmates, family, and friends what we have on offer and pray for two great seasons on Manganui.  Then we are pretty sure of making it work.

Thanx Heaps
ROB NEEDS
Kiwi Outdoors Centre
“Go Outside And Play!”


Kiwi Outdoors Centre
18 Ariki Street,  New Plymouth
Phone and Fax (06) 7584152
kiwioutdoorcentre@xtra.co.nz

 


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FEATURE ARTICLE

the end of an era; Ski Hire at the Mountain House is no more... 
By RICHARD WOODD richard.woodd@tnl.co.nz - Taranaki Daily News | Wednesday, 16 July 2008

For sale: Ski equipment at the Mountain House.
It's the end of a long and slippery slope for Mt Taranaki's only ski hire business.
Ski hire began at the Stratford Mountain House 70 years ago and is being sold up and closed down by the resort's new owner, German businessman Karl Reipen.
He says the equipment is old and worn out and he's not prepared to risk being blamed for personal injury by hirers.
He's putting it all up for sale on site this Sunday: 40-odd pairs of skis, poles and boots, a few snowboards and boots, along with bedding and furniture that is also surplus to requirements at the comprehensively revamped lodge.

Berta Anderson, the woman who sold the ski hire business to him this year, says it never made a profit over the 23 years she owned it and she only kept it going to attract lodge customers.

Despite the closure of the mountain shop, there is one ski hire place and it was opened just six days ago at the Kiwi Outdoors Centre in New Plymouth's Ariki St.

Owner Rob Needs inspected the Mountain House gear last week and says it was unsuitable for his purposes.
"I have invested in 40 pairs of boots and 20 pairs of skis and poles, and hope to be hiring snowboards later," he said. "It's always going to be a small sideline though. The snow is so unreliable on our mountain that you cannot run a profitable ski business based on it. This is why I run a shuttle transport service to Ruapehu and why I am encouraging people to hire in New Plymouth if they are going to ski at a Ruapehu field."
The ski hire charge is $50 a day, or you can buy your own gear for $1000 upwards.
Mr Needs says don't buy secondhand unless you know what you're doing; the gear has to be matched to your level of ability and fitness.

Mr Reipen was unavailable to comment on why he is not reopening the ski shop but his resorts manager, Monique Modlmayer-Henn, said it was a safety issue.
"Karl told me the ski gear is old and in bad condition. He's concerned that if he hires skis and someone breaks a leg he would feel responsible. He prefers somebody else provides a ski hire business away from the lodge."
Ski hire was started at the Mountain House during World War II by John Hennessy. His son, John, inherited the business and relocated it into a Pembroke Rd building. It went back to the Mountain House when he sold it to Snow Mace, and Berta and Keith Anderson acquired it in 1985.
Mrs Anderson said they had good years until the early 90s.
"We had some good snow years and ski hire went well enough to be self-supporting," she said.

"There were three other ski hire places in Taranaki and ours was the only to one survive, but we could only keep it going with support from the main business. Over 10 years, maybe only three or four were financially successful. It was too dependent on snow and good weather."
"We kept it going because it helped attract customers to the Mountain House and ski field where they would buy tow tickets. The ski club has never operated a hire service."

Want to Advertise?

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:

e-mail: advertising@skitaranaki.co.nz
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.

PHOTO OF THE ISSUE 


Karl Jukes hits a jump. sequence pics thanks Rhys.


Title image supplied by
TNL Graphics


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