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Previous Issues:

Issue 46 - 04 June 2010
Issue 45 - 19 May 2010
Issue 44 - 20 April 2010
Issue 43 - 25 March 2010
Issue 42 - 05 February 2010

ISSUE 47           TUESDAY 22 JUNE 2010...

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

Well, so much for a late season! Wednesday 9th June we got operational, thanks to a few committed souls, and we managed another day of mixed weather (but good t-bar snow) until the rain affected the snowpack (100mm over 2 days).
But then the snow arrived from Sunday 13 June,  and kept blowing and snowing into Tuesday morning...meaning we could get going again on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th June.

Been up there yet? - you have had brief mid-week opportunities in any case.

It's great to finally report on snow happening on the mountain, now we can post some of our own snowy ski area pictures!

In this issue...

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GOINGS ON’ Around the Manganui Ski Area

Opening Day 2010 - Wednesday 09 June

REARING TO GO: Stratford Mountain Club staff member Peter Quin, left, mountain manager Nick Fountain from Crested Butte, Colorado, and club secretary Mark Braddock were busy as the ski season on Mt Taranaki opened yesterday.

Click here to view our Media Lounge page for the full Taranaki Daily News Article

pics from Thursday 10 June 

Manganui Lodge accommodation

Just a reminder for All Manganui Lodge bookings
please use our Manganui Lodge booking enquiry form or ring the Lodge Convenor Rob Needs on 027 2702932 or email

All accommodation bookings must go through the Lodge Convenor. We need to know if you are staying up there!

2010 Member Subscriptions...

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

supporting SMC junior ski racing and training


The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team's objective is to develop ski racers' (Juniors and Seniors) 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.

SMC is a member of the Alpine Skiing Committee of Snow Sports NZ (SSNZ), the newly restructured national body for alpine ski racing (Ski Racing New Zealand has now been disbanded). The restructure now puts this committee under the SSNZ CEO and the SSNZ Board. The Alpine Ski Racing Manager Nils Coberger is the head Administrator of the Alpine Skiing Committee, as well as being the current National Ski Racing Coach. 

The structure of Junior Ski Racing is determined by age categories, the competition structure in New Zealand.

The age groups are:

Age Group Date of Birth
E1 2002
E2 2000/2001
K1 1998/99
K2 1996/97
J1 1994/95
J2 1991/92/93

Most Race Training is done at Manganui Ski Area (on good snow years), usually on Sundays when the field is operating.
Progression follows on to Mt. Ruapehu, as below:

Race Training participation Manganui
Junior Series participation Ruapehu
National Series competition Ruapehu
F.I.S. Series competition Ruapehu

Once progression is made to the Junior Series, competitors are required to become members of SnowSports New Zealand.
Registration is taken care of by us.

For further information please contact
our caretaker Racing and Training coordinator
The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team
Mark Braddock
7527035, m 027 6898149

Race Report Update

Last season Truman and Noah Edwards competed for SMC in the Ruapehu Series and various National Points Series events.

In early June we had a test run of the recently acquired wireless electronic race timing equipment and tested it out with a group of volunteer juniors at the Oakura Boardriders Club, and despite the hefty user manuals and multiple options it seemed to be reasonably simple to use. 

We wait for suitable cover to hold the Taranaki Secondary Schools Ski and Snowboard Championships.

We have a busy season ahead of us; refer to the latest events calendars on SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Page.

Tony Gavigan of the Northern Snowsports Club (based at Ruapehu and Snow Planet) would like to organise a Junior Interclub event with the SMC at the Manganui Ski Area in July/August, with a contingency location of Mt. Ruapehu.

Also we have sourced and purchased 6 new Jackets, in similar style to existing Blue/Black squad jackets, from Ocean & Earth.
SMC thanks Karen Lovell Manager Ocean & Earth NZ Ltd for the discount given.

We look forward to thiscoming season and more training and racing at Manganui.

Mark Braddock
caretaker Racing and Training Coordinator.



no president's report this issue.

Madwax is stocked at Kiwi Outdoors Centre and at Vertigo SH45


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 - rope pulleys etc
  • Junior ski racing and training strategies/events for thiscoming season
  • Manganui Lodge building WOF
  • funding applications for new ski-doo
  • Warwick Brown building security system quotes
  • Canteen eftpos systems and stock
  • Safety Services training (Todd Cations-Velvin and Nic Fountain)




below is a sample of the little snippet that Manganui has in the Snow issue of Curl Magazine, out now!

Feature Article

A south island club field - Awakino, operated by the Waitaki Ski Club

(note - this is nowhere near King Country's Awakino Gorge, but in the Waikaki Valley in North Otago - where ABs captain Richie McCaw hails from)

The Awakino Ski Field is a friendly and affordable club-operated skifield situated high in the St Marys Range near Kurow in the Waitaki Valley. The field is situated in a sunny, north-facing valley with fantastic views over the Waitaki Valley and Hakataramea. It boasts two high-speed rope tows, and queues are unheard of.

It is probably the ski area that has changed least since skiing began there in earnest in 1946. Awakino exudes the feeling of skiing in a timeless place. Most importantly, this is how club members favour it - and rightly so - it is an extraordinary place.

The majestic St Mary Range receives big dumps of wind-packed powder snow in southerly storms.

The Waitaki Ski Club capitalised on this by setting up the Awakino ski field on these hallowed slopes, high above the Waitaki River hydro lakes in North Otago.

Aerial photo of Awakino

The field is normally open most weekends from July to October. Long weekends may operate when the snow conditions are good and club members are available. So it is mainly a weekend operation, apart from organised ski weeks.

The terrain, which extends to a height of 1,737 metres, is ideal for intermediate skiers and boarders. Accordingly the snow ratings are 10% beginner, 70% intermediate and 20% advanced. There are cross-country touring opportunities along the St Mary Range for advanced skiers, with wide open basins of untracked snow just waiting to be tamed.

Awakino is virtually unknown outside the North Otago region, but the club is steadily improving the facilities and raising its profile within the snow sport fraternity. There are 2 high speed tows and and an access tow. The daily lift passes are reasonably priced ($40 - the same as Manganui for an adult day pass!)

Accommodation is provided in a 35 bunk lodge some 500 metres below the main rope tow, a perfect mountain getaway for groups. Overnight stays can also be made in nearby Kurow, just 11 km down the 4WD access road. Oamaru, 45 km away on the coast, has a wide choice of places to stay. Omarama, 66 km inland, has good motel, backpackers and motor camp accommodation.

The club runs special ski weeks and weekends periodically at all-inclusive rates for skiing, dinner, bunk and breakfast. These represent great value and can be arranged with members of the Waitaki Ski Club.

Although it is one of the smallest club fields in Otago and Canterbury, Awakino has great intermediate and advanced skiing and boarding in the right snow conditions.

The club is the smallest ski club in the country. But the ski area continues to have a strong loyal following amongst North Otago people, though generally maintains a low profile
(it is not even listed on's Club Ski Areas, nor is doe it have a snow report!)

It is well worth a trip up the Waitaki Valley to check it out.

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Latest news...08/06/2010
On top of the 1.5 metre base received in the big dump last week, the field received another 40cm over the weekend. The tow was dug out and skied on, in fantastic conditions with coverage across the whole mountain - scarcely a rock to be seen! Due to the snow, strictly 4WD access beyond the top car park, although this may change if we get the road bulldozed. The field is now essentially open, contact us if you want to use it.
(looks like they actually got going here, for club members in any case, the same weekend as NZ ski season officially opened at Coronet Peak - a classic low key opening for a classic club field!. They officially open this weekend)

The word from members Lynne and John Hamilton, is that 'We are just an enthusiastic bunch trying to keep 'The Jewel of the Waitaki' alive. Has a familiar ring to it...

sources: A guide to Ski Areas of NZ by Marty Sharpe,,,

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.


Mt Taranaki from the Mountain House car park,  Thursday 10 June

Snow is here! We want more!
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