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Previous Issues:

Issue 45 - 19 May 2010
Issue 44 - 20 April 2010
Issue 43 - 25 March 2010
Issue 42 - 05 February 2010

ISSUE 46           FRIDAY 04 JUNE 2010...

Welcome to the latest edition of Manganui Notes, the e-newsletter of Manganui Ski Area and Stratford Mountain Club.

Winter kicked in last weekend, and we received snow on the top tow, down to about 1500m.
Looks like we are off to a late season this year. No lower level snow is forecast for next 9 days, and with rain events and high freezing levels above 2000m prevailing, it may be well into June before we get into action up here. Just remember it only takes 1 good dump to get us underway..

In this issue...

Major Sponsor
of the SMC E-newsletter

Contact Us:
06-759 4609
New Plymouth

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

Kiwi Outdoors Centre
18 Ariki Street,  New Plymouth
Phone and Fax (06) 7584152

4 Mustang Dve Bell Block
New Plymouth
phone and fax (06)755 0005

GOINGS ON’ Around the Manganui Ski Area

SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Ski Board Swap.

The ski swap was well attended again, with a few 2nd hand bargains for ski and board gear around.

It was pretty busy...with bargain hunters mainly. Takings were down without the retailers who contributed last year...but last year was exceptional. Still takings were in excess of $600, so a good night of fundraising for the Jnr Ski Racing and Training

Thanks to Clive Saleman and Brendon Edwards for the organisation, also the volunteers who helped out for the evening.

The winner of the free seasons pass was Mrs Earp of Waitara...

sponsor of the Ski & Board Swap

Manganui Lodge exclusive bookings coming up

We have 2 exclusive Manganui Lodge bookings coming up; this Saturday 5th June and on Saturday 19th June. The lodge is fully booked out these nights. Please respect the lodge guests wishes for their private functions.

Manganui Ski Area Staff & Volunteer Staff Training Day review, Sunday 23rd May

Staff Training day was a great day, with 17 in attendance. Covering aspects from lift operations and emergency/accident response, to lodge security and fire safety. Thanks to trainers Todd and Mark.

Thornton Davies gets hands on experience on use of fire extinguisher, under the careful training of Mark Braddock, Oakura Vollie Firefighter extraordineer.

2010 Member Subscriptions...

By now all members should have received their invoices for 2010 Subs/Season Passes in the mail.
A reminder that these are due by June 15.
Apologies for the late issue this year; with a new Treasurer getting up to speed, and also the Working Bees qualifier policy to implement, we were slow off the mark in getting our systems finalised and worked out. All a learning curve and next year we will have them out earlier.
Should you not have received your invoice or have any queries with the one you have received, please contact

Jenni Fletcher
(Membership Subscriptions)
h 7588879

SMC thanks

TSB Community Trust
Taranaki Electricity Trust
NZ Community Trust

for their contribution towards the Warwick Brown Building  refurbishment/upgrade project.



Working bees of late are being well attended, with plenty up the hill contributing to pre-season maintenance.
Thanks to all who attended so far.
The ski area has never looked so good.

Getting the t-bar spring boxes primed for hanging. Don Dorflinger, Andy Cullen and Todd Cations-Velvin. Sunday 23rd May

See below for our full working bee schedule.You should also be receiving in your inbox each Thursday, 1 page emails detailing the working bee scheduled for the upcoming Saturday and/or Sunday; what the jobs are, what is involved, who to contact if you are keen.

Remember that for the working bee qualifiers, you still receive a working bee ticket, each ticket being valid for 1 nights accommodation at the Manganui Lodge, or 1 days skiing.

Ian Wilson our main t-bar pre-season maintenance man, locking on another t-bar. Sunday 23rd May

Working bees are 6hrs duration, and commence at 10am on the mountain, giving attendees time to get up to the area.

Note that below is a list of jobs with project organisers, and not a roster as such. If you wish to be involved in an upcoming weekends working bee, then please contact the person associated with the project. Their contact details are listed below.

Date (Weekend of)


Contact numbers Working Bee
June 05-06

Lars Binsbergen
Justin Keenan


  • Lodge (window latch repairs, prep/paint reveals on Lodge windows)
  • outstanding work from above tasks
June 12-13 Dave Smithers
Brooke Fletcher
Lars Binsbergen


  • Replacement of top tow rope (stretch and splice)
  • Lodge maintenance (entertainment centre repairs)
June 19-20 Brendon Edwards
Mark Braddock
Justin Keenan


  • Jnr Ski racing gear check and test



no president's report this issue.



The SMC committee has and or is working on a number of projects.
These include…

  • Warwick Brown building re-roof/re-clad project tidy up budget revamp and completing final tasks.
  • Top Tow maintenance - on going, fences, comeback trails, rope pulleys etc
  • Lower lifts inspection sign off
  • Junior ski racing and training strategies/events for thiscoming season
  • Manganui Lodge building WOF
  • funding applications for Safety Services Coordinator wages
  • funding applications for new ski-doo



Outdoor Gurus is the NEW website of New Plymouth Kiwi Outdoors Centre, trading in New Plymouth since 1936.

Our motto  -  "GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY"

Have a browse through our site, or call in to our store to view the many products and services we offer to help you enjoy yourself and keep safe in the outdoors.

Our product catalogue will be online very soon.


New Atomic Skis and Boots now in store!

Mt Ruapehu Shuttle Bus

We offer a One-Day Return Trip from Taranaki to Ruapehu for $99
We drive there  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . You can sleep
We put chains on . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  You stay warm and dry
We unload the skis and boards . . You get your boots on
We park the vehicle . . . . . . . . . . . . . You head to the slopes
We know the field  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . You can follow us
We drive home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . You can sleep
Ruapehu Snow Shuttle is a one-day return trip for skiers and boarders, anyone from beginners to advanced experience. 
We have been running this service for the past 3 years. 
The shuttle is perfect for anyone who just wants to get tot he snow, but has limited time to plan their own adventure. 
Our driver can help with directions and advice, and can assist you in exploring the terrain on offer.
The trips have generally been mid-week, but this year we have added Sundays as an option. 
We watch the weather and snow conditions closely for the day of the week with the best combination of snow and weather.
We have the choice of either Whakapapa or Turoa, depending on the weather, snow conditions, clients' wishes and abilities. 
Our preference is Turoa as the route we take via Wanganui has better roads allowing passengers a smoother trip.
We send a test to all registered shuttle clients with the likely shuttle days for that week. 
Interested parties register their interest by return text, then we communicate with them for the details. 
We endeavour to give as much notice of a trip as possible so clients can organise work and family obligations around the trip. 
We are also able to go at short notice when those bluebird powder days arise
To register your interest and receive our text messages, please email your details to us at

Ski and Board Rental


Rent before you leave home and avoid the queues at the Mountain !

SKIS - Adults                                  FULL DAY         CONSECUTIVE DAY
Ski Package $40 $30
Skis $30 $25
Performance Ski Upgrade Add $20 Add $20
Boots $25 $20
Poles $8 $5

SKIS - Kids                                      FULL DAY        CONSECUTIVE DAY
Ski Package $30 $20
Skis $20 $15
Boots $17 $14
Poles $8 $5
SNOW BOARD                               FULL DAY           CONSECUTIVE DAY

Board Package  (incl wrist guards)

$48 $40
Board $37 $28
Boots $28 $21



3+ Days  -  10% 5+ Days  -  15% 10+ Days  -  20%



Helmet $15
Goggles $5
Mittens $5
Wrist Guards $5
Chains $TBA


see our rental page for all Ski and Board Winter Season Rentals, and Tramping Rentals.

(remember - Manganui has no rental services on the mountain)

"The Season From My side"

Many of our suppliers will run out early this year due to low buys for 2010 season with recession still ringing in their ears. One of my snow board and binding suppliers has been unable to ship any of my order as only 10% of his got shipped to him!! Most of his was sold in the U.S.A winter just been. I have just received an availability report from Surfanic Clothing which was pretty much blank apart from a few trouser styles.

Columbia clothing are reported to be in a even worse situation with more orders than stock even before the season started.

Why ? wholesalers and retailers were unwilling to take large risks of big orders for this season due to the recession (and the fickle nature of snow falls)

Rob Needs

Day 0 Golden Gate Bridge San Fran

Day 5 Top of Mammoth 3369m

Day 6 Death Valley

Day 8 Las Vegas

Feature Article

USA April 2010 Williams family trip

The Williams family (Rhys, Keryn, Meg & Jack) had all their stars lined up in April, the flight tickets came on sale for the spring time skiing in Tahoe / Mammoth, our ex-Oakura friend Tony Munroe was off the Russian oil rig living in Truckee (but he did smash is elbow skiing 4 days before we turned up, no mountain guide but his wife Tove showed us around) and an end of season storm was heading our way.


We flew in to San Francisco and stayed near the surf city of Santa Cruz (1 ½ hours south of San Francisco) surfing and staying with American friends Mark Hansen and Joni Martin (Oakura residents in summer) for the first 5 days before borrowing their VW pop top van for an epic adventure. It started with a surf in the morning, then a 4 hour drive to be strapping on my snowboard and riding the front yard snow pile (caused from road clearing) before the sun set over Truckee, North of Lake Tahoe. Lucky for us Squaw
was only 15 mins away.

Day 0 Truckee Backyard

Day 1 - Squaw Valley was stormy so we had to stay on the lower slopes due to mild blizzard conditions, visibility was on and off but we did get to ride most of the large mountain. The kids got to do their first tree skiing and real powder runs. They loved it.

The house was full as Tony had his two girls were over from England and another US/Kiwi family from Santa Monica were also staying (6 adults and 6 kids – 2 kiwis and 4 ½ kiwis kids). The kids were outside most the evenings using up their last energy cells having lots of snow fights, making a snowman or igloos before a hardy dinner then crashing.

Day 1 Squaw Easter Sunday Meg Kensa Teah Jack


Day 2 – The blizzard hit in the night with 1 and ¼ foot of powder was on our van in Truckee. The chains were used for the first time and back to Squaw for more. I thought yesterday was heaven, this day was heaven plus plus with knee deep runs down steep tree lines.

Day 2 Squaw - Red Dog chair


Day 3 – Sunny Squaw finally and we were all over it all day. Taking the Gold Coast Funitel up to ¾ level then into the Shirley Lake and Granite Chief bowls. The great thing about Squaw is the kid’s passes for 12 and under is only US$10 being the best value for the family. At 4pm we were at the top of Emigrant chair (2652m) looking across Lake Tahoe in the distance at Heavenly ski field which we will hit the next day.

Day 3 Jack Meg Keryn top of Emigrant chair 2652m


Day 4 – A 1 ½ hour drive from Truckee takes us to Heavenly, it was sunny and all of the powder was tracked out or turned sticky, it was April. The views were spectacular with Lake Tahoe right below us and the runs were well groomed so the afternoon was true spring skiing. We drove south (3 hours) With the setting sun to catch up with our New Plymouth friends Erik and Keri and kids Liam and Flynn at Mammoth mountain.

Day 4 Heavenly Sky Express 10040ft
that is Lake Tahoe in the background - an amazing backdrop

 Day 5 – Mammoth was blue-bird but with a cool windy nip in the air which kept the runs firm and fast right up to lunch when the spring warmth retuned and great runs every where. The kids enjoyed racing down the black diamond runs and hitting the terrain park and half pipe. We the parents were worried for the kids when going up the old chair lifts that didn’t have safety bars (I think we held on tighter than them). The top to bottom runs from the Panorama gondola to base station were long and tiring but up we went again.

I skied this mountain in 1992 for two days (start of my OE) and could remember the best runs were the double black wipeout chutes which Erik and I bumped our was down the mega moguls.

The day ended with what else – beers in the last sun rays at the RV camp site, a spa and then a walk up the road to a Mexican bar / restaurant for jugs of margarita’s and burritos.

5 days of skiing was over and great times were had with great families on the big mountains.




Day 6 and lots more – The next morning a few hours drive south we had all our ski gear out next to the road airing in the hot sun at Death Valley. We were waiting for Keri and Erik to catch up (van problems).

Yesterday we were freezing at 11,053 feet, to day we are cooking at 190 feet below sea level. Tomorrow we will be at Grand Canyon 7,400 feet and have pockets of ice around our campsite.


Day 7 Grand Canyon


A day later we were at Las Vegas for 3 days of having fun losing some money. Onto LA for family scream rides at Universal Studios and Disneyland. Then a 2 day drive up the coast, surfing back to Santa Cruz to relax before the flight home to end the trip of extremes.

thanks Rhys for the contribution

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.


Ian Wilson our main t-bar pre-season maintenance man, locking on another t-bar. Sunday 23rd May

Snow is on its way ...
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