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ISSUE 36            FRIDAY 03 JULY 2009...

Welcome to the latest edition of the SMC/Manganui e-newsletter.

Looks like mother nature has delivered for the start of the School Holidays, and we will be operating for at least a few days, weather permitting.

As we always say - "COME UP AND GET IT WHILE IT'S ON!"

With most of the NZ fields now operational, and the balance due to start this weekend, we are into the ski season proper now.
Most are reporting healthy bases and it looks to be a great start to the season - which it has been for Manganui already.

Dont forget the Vertigo Rail and Van Jam Tonight! See below for the flyer.

The NZ Mountain Film Festival is coming around fast, and the films showcased promise to be great viewing. This weeks Feature Article details all the films on show.
Looks to be some great viewing - can't wait!

In this issue...


Contact Us:
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Get all your winter gear here.
New season Icebreaker now in store!

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GOINGS ON’ Around the Manganui Ski Area

Snow Safety Officers Report

Thanks to everyone, for letting me be a part of the Manganui Ski Area.  I just came inside from a two hour stint of driving the groomer around the T-bar and learners tow.  What good fun.  With the light from a half moon illuminating the top tow, the inviting lights of the lodge below, and beyond them the far off lights of Stratford  I had to pause and think about what a magical place this truly is.   Only two days ago I was getting powder turns on the top tow!  Sweet!  In addition to skiing the awesome terrain of the ski area I am really stoked on the nearby sea and the beautiful coastline of Taranaki.   Especially being from a land locked state like Montana.  It has been excellent exploring the beaches and forest tracks that surround the mountain, and getting pummeled on my first surfing attempts.  Getting up in the morning and seeing the summit of Mt. Taranaki glowing red from the rising sun is such an amazing way to start your day.  Knowing I get to work on that same mountain is a real privilege.  Again sincere thanks to everyone I have met  so far for all their hospitality and assistance both on and off the mountain, and I look forward to meeting many more folks in the near future.  Oh yeah, and I am learning a lot about maritime snowpacks too!  See you on the mountain.


Brad Carpenter is our full time Snow Safety Officer, Level 2 Avalanche qualified and comes to us from working seasons at Moonlight Basin Montana and Porters Ski Area.

George W Mason Trust scholarship

SMC is actively seeking young adults who have a strong interest in safety services and ski field management to be this years recipient of the George W Mason Trust scholarship.
This is a fantastic opportunity for those with an interest in all aspects of ski field safety and management.
The successful applicant we be expected to be involved in all aspects of management as well as attending courses and workshops on the mountain or at other locations outside our region if required.
Those wishing to apply should write or e mail the SMC secretary  as soon as possible
This is a great opportunity for those who have a desire to follow a career in an alpine environment.
Available to those 20yrs and under.

The courses could be the Avalanche Awareness course as detailed below, as well as Avalanche One, and other ski industry related courses.

NZ Mountain Safety Council Avalanche Awareness course

July 18 - Lecture Seminar - Fitzroy Yacht Club
July 19 - Field Day - Manganui Ski Area

MSC's Avalanche Awareness Course in Taranaki.
Offered subject to numbers, this course starts in the classroom and then moves out onto the mountain.

An essential course for all snow users. Learn how to stay safe while enjoying skiing, snowboarding, tramping, hunting or climbing, travelling in avalanche terrain. The course is a combination of an evening lecture and a field day. Evening lectures are held on the evening prior to each field day and last around 2 and half hours. Attendance is pre-requisite for the field days. Field days focus on practical aspects and last all day. Course content covers:

  • Mountain weather
  • Identification of avalanche terrain
  • Basic route finding and decision making
  • Companion rescue
  • Safety equipment including use of transceivers

Course Contact Person:  Gayle Tricklebank
Phone: +64 6 753 5021

This years course is run by SMC Snow Safety Convenor Todd Cations-Velvin.
This course would be a good pre-requisite to the Avalanche Stage 1 courses available around the country.

Remember that you can now access the reports on the go - just punch in on any WAP capable handset and access both the cameras and full reports on your mobile.


The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team's objective is to develop ski racers' skills and promote the fun of skiing through training and competition.

The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team's programmes are designed to be adaptable to suit the needs of the athletes. Programmes are organized into categories based primarily on age classifications.

Christina Binsbergen the SMC coach, advises that conditions and snow permitting in the weekends, she will be keen to undertake some race training for those interested.

We'll keep the website and snow report updated if there is to be an upcoming coaching session. All SMC junior skiers are welcome!

The Taranaki Secondary Schools Ski/Board Champs
1st available ski day after the July school holidays.

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,

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 Champs
Manganui Ski Area, 2nd available ski day after the July school holidays.

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

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.


We offer:
• Virus Protection and Internet Security
• Independent Advice and Consulting
• Regular Cleaning and Maintenance
• Upgrades and installations
• Internet and email support
• Hardware & software troubleshooting

Phone: 06 753 7113
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Welcome to another Presidents report. I am parked up on the couch watching telly with more snow falling on our play ground goodie, goodie!!
My apologies for not putting a report together for the last news letter but work got extremely busy and took over everything else.
Back to the report, for those who have ventured up the mountain over the past couple of weekends have had to start the day with a bit of a touch up on their edges to manage some sort of control on the way down, but hey you have to go to know!
The lodge has been well utilised over the winter months and it was great to see a large number of kids and adults enjoying a mid year Christmas party with father Christmas Brad a couple of weekends ago.
I am always impressed with the news, tips and photos that Justin put together for the web site, skills and talent beyond me. I was kind of hoping that was me in the powder in number three caught by Trevor Read's lens a few Saturdays ago. It has also been great to meet a number of people both international and non hard core that have made the effort to travel to the Naki to enjoy what has been a magic start to the 2009 season. Many thanks to the green land rover that has been spotted numerous times carting rubbish off the mountain and towing the odd stuck car back on the track again. Brooks been busy doing a make over to the lodge with the spare moments he has and the down stairs walls are looking a picture. Brad's been building weather info collecting devices around the place and updating avalanche recording procedures to build some profile for future forecasting with his spare time. Still no word on the car park upgrade will keep you up to date with any news as it comes.
The wind is still blowing and the fire is on its way out so time for bed.
Many thanks to Brook, Jenny, Brad and the crew for making things happen up on the hill and let’s keep our fingers crossed that this snow fall will stay for the school holidays which are only a few days away.
Kev Rowlands.
President SMC


The SMC committee has a number of projects on the go.
These include…

  • Warwick Brown building upgrade - DoC consent, quotes and funding applications
  • Manganui Lodge Accommodation t's & c's review and implementation, price restructuring
  • Social Event - NZ Mountain Film Festival (formerly Wanaka Fim Festival) involvement (watch further e-newsletter issues for more developments)
  • Hand held radios replacement - extra 3 for top tow operations
  • Avalanche transcievers purchase for operations staff (Ski Area Safety Plan compliance)
  • Coffee Machine for Ticket Office/Canteen investigation
  • Base station radio install in the T-bar shed


Backcountry Avalanche Advisory for Taranaki
1 July 2009 Issued at 2132
Weather: The forecast for Thursday is clear skies in the morning with rain developing late in the afternoon. Winds will be out of the north and moderate. The freezing level is climbing to 2000m.
Snowpack: An ice crust has formed at higher elevations on the mountain and will support the weight of a person. Wind packed pillows of snow exist on leeward aspects to the south east. A weaker ice crust exists below the new snow. The new snow has consolidate well.
Avalanche Occurrences: Nil Observations
Travel Advisory: Care is needed as variable snow conditions exist on the mountain. Crampons and ice axe are required for safe travel high on the mountain. Use caution when travelling around leeward aspects to the south east as isolated pockets of wind slab may exist. The avalanche advisory is at MODERATE.




































Superior Machining Services Ltd (SMS)

Superior Machining Services Limited (SMS) specialises in precision machining.  We have a wide range of experience in the following industries: oil & gas exploration, food processing, marine engineering, laboratory and health machining, hydraulic and pneumatic work, agriculture and also in general engineering.

SMS has a well equipped workshop with full CNC facilities for milling & turning.  SMS also has manual machines and equipment to cover all aspects of your job requirements, efficiently and cost effectively.
SMS can also offer:

  • a broad range of suppliers, so we can source and supply products as required / requested by our customers in a timely and efficient manner
  • the ability to machine a wide range of materials from stainless steel, carbon steels, aluminium, bronze and brasses, through to plastics
  • quick turnaround times for quotes / estimates
  • the ability to do large or small jobs requiring programming (programmes are then saved to allow job repeats to be set up quickly).

SMS is in the same building as Superior Stainless Limited (a stainless steel fabricating and sheetmetal workshop) so can arrange to have components welded, cut and folded.  SMS works very closely with Superior Stainless, and this setup allows each business to complement the other.  Superior Stainless can offer the following services: CNC guillotine; CNC press brake; Fabrication; Cutting, folding & welding services of stainless steel, carbon steel & aluminium.
We can also arrange powdercoating, blasting and painting, and anodising, as required.
If you would like to come and view the workshop, have any questions or require any further information, then please contact Craig on 755 0005 or 027 2700 055.

Kayaking the Nevis

600 Inches

Time to snuggle into winter with...
A Winter Cocktail/Drink...

Snow Snake (alcoholic)
1oz Kahlua
1oz Whiskey
1oz Tequila
4oz cream
fill with ice

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all ingredients. Shake and pour!


NZ Mountain Film Festival - 2009 Tour Movie Descriptions…

The Arthouse Cinema in association with Stratford Mtn Club, Taranaki Alpine Club and NZAC Taranaki Branch present the NZ Mountain Film Festival (formerly the Wanaka Film Festival), coming to Oakura and New Plymouth in August...
Tickets will be $15 per night, and will be on sale soon.

Made in NZ Films

Quality (NZ, 2009, Producer& Director Jeno Hezinger, 10 min)
Join the team of sky divers as they leap out of, then back into a plane high above Wanaka.

Hawk Wall (NZ, 2009, Director and Producer Guillaume Charton, 5 min)
This movie introduces a new climbing wall located a few minutes from Queenstown. The camera follows the ascent of Johann on ‘Hors de Combat’ (23) with an almost cliché like sunset on his backdrop. This movie is even more genuine due to some funky soundtrack orchestrated by the music students of Wakatipu High School.

South Wye (NZ, 2009, Director and Producer Guillaume Charton, 10 min)
Just imagine some compact schist baking under the Otago sun with excellent climbing in a true alpine environment: don’t dream further this is all happening in South Wye next to
Queenstown. This movie takes you to this multipitch climbing haven and tells the story of Tony Burnell and Estelle Poiron climbing the stellar route: ‘the Big Day Out’. More than a climbing movie the footage brings together the character and the ambiance of this very special place thanks to the camera work and editing of the author and the genuine soundtrack of Queenstown student DJ Jane.

Kayaking the Nevis (NZ, 2009, Director Pete Simpson, 12 min)
The Nevis River, near Queenstown has been proposed as a hydro scheme. It is also one of the best rivers worldwide for kayaking. Local paddlers regularly run the river and have
submitted this film as part of their evidence to support fish and game in the extension of the Kawarau Water Conservation order, which would stop the hydro process. It is a serious piece of whitewater in a valley rich in history; rarely seen by many people, an asset to Central Otago and an ambitious goal for many young paddlers.

Lost Tower (NZ, 2009, Director and Producer Wayne Johnson, 65 min)
An expedition that doesn’t quite go according to plan. In 2007, Jo Kippax and Sean Waters headed to the Northern Patagonian Icecap to try and climb a remote rock tower they had spied from a plane many years before. The plan was to traverse the icecap, climb the tower and explore their way back to civilisation via the glaciers and rivers of the icecaps south-eastern corner. The Patagonian weather had other plans for their summer holiday. This is a story of two friends with big dreams, and the ups and downs of expedition life.

Short Films

Deep (Skinsetsu) (Japan, 2008, Director and Producer Masaki Sekiquchi, 4 min)
Deep, deep Japanese powder skiing to drool over…..
The Acobamba Abyss (Canada, 2008, Producer & Director Bryan Smith, 6 min The Acobamba Abyss is considered one of Peru’s most challenging sections of whitewater. Also known as the Abysmo, this section of the Apurimac River bisects the
4000-meter tall Cordillera Vicabamba dropping thousands of feet before entering the Amazon.


Adventurous Sports & Lifestyles

No Need for Parking - An African Rock Adventure (South Africa, 2008, Director & Producer James Pitman, 55 min)
This film tells the story of three adventurers epic flying and rock climbing trip around Southern Africa. This charming, anarchic film is simultaneously tension-filled, beautiful and inspirational. No-one can fail to be moved by the trials which the three adventurers face while negotiating the subcontinent's grandest and most dramatic scenery. The climbers use small planes to transport themselves to three of Southern Africa's wildest and most remote rock walls, which they then climb, while documenting the proceedings on camera. Events, however, seldom turn out exactly as expected. The resulting film, full of the warmth of Africa, is an object lesson in intrepid friendship and contemporary free-spiritedness, set to a kwela soundtrack.

Azazel (France, 2008, Director Guillaume Broust, 22 min)
Azazel lures you to a 19-day vertical big-wall trip with Martial, Blutch, Mimouse and Sam. They have to haul up 300 kilograms of equipment along with sausages and beer to keep them going at 6000 meters of altitude. Their scope is to open a new 1,600 meter long aid route on the mythical Towers of Trango in Pakistan.

Return of the Nina (USA, 2007, Producer and Director Sam Griffin, 52 min)
In the winter of 98/'99, during the La Niña storm cycle, the Mt. Baker Ski Area received just less than 100 feet of snow. At a total of 1,140 inches (2.9m), this was the most snow ever recorded in one year, anywhere!
Seven years later, following a season of drought brought on by El Nino (the opposite storm system), La Nina returned to Mt Barker and set a new record: The most snowfall ever recorded in one month!!

Best Films on Climbing

Acopan Tepui (Germany, 2008, Director Jochen Schmoll, Producers Dierk Heimann & Till Hoffmann, 45 min)
The allure of the unknown, mystical tales, forgotten cultures, and a mountain that looms vertically out of the primeval forest - this is the blend of adventure and discovery sought by German climber Stefan Glowacz. The Acopan Tepui plateau is completely isolated from the environment beneath it by a wall of rock up to 800 metres high, and evolution has created an alien animal and plant world on its heights. It is on Acopan’s steep and challenging face that Glowacz and his teammates hope to make a first ascent.

Ice, Anarchy and the Pursuit of Madness (USA, 2008, Directed & Produced by Steve House, 28 min)
Vince Anderson, Marko Prezelj, and Steve House make the first ascent of an unclimbed
Karakoram giant: K7 West. Follow them as the trio climbs for three days and nearly
misses the summit.

Mountain Culture & Environment

600 Inches (USA, 2008, Director Darrell Miller, 45 min)
In Jackson Hole, the relentless winter of 2008 left its mark as one of the snowiest in recorded history, with over 600 of the fluffy white having graced the rocky range of the Tetons. Indulge in the faceshots of the Storm Show crew as they bask in the heavenly depths of endless powder days, waist deep for weeks on end.

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

We now have a link from the Taranaki Daily News online website homepage direct to our Manganui Ski Area snow report/webcam page.
Thanks to


pic thanks Rhys

See you on the snow, at our next fall!
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