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ISSUE 53           MONDAY 16 MAY 2011...

Welcome to Issue 53 of Manganui Notes, the e-newsletter of Manganui Ski Area and Stratford Mountain Club.

She has been a very mild late autumn/early winter to say the least. Casts my mind back to the season of 2006, when we had no snow to speak of till mid June, then it didn't let up for 2 months. Here's hoping we get more of that!

"So, where is the fun in skiing/boarding supposed to be?
In fact, it's everywhere you look - as long as you're not looking for it in any of the ski media, that are trying so hard to push image ahead of substance."
Manganui IS ALL about the the fun!!!

The Ski/Board Swap date is on Thursday 26 May at 6pm, at NP Yacht Club. Attend to get your name into the draw to win a free season pass (for members), and also 2 tickets to the International Ice Hockey, USA v Canada, at Vector Arena Auckland on July 23rd. Be there to win!

The committee and working bee crews have been busy with plenty of pre-season projects that have been going well.

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.
Season Rental now available!

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


When: 6pm, Thursday 26th May
Where: NP Yacht Club, Ocean View Parade, New Plymouth
Entry: Gold Coin donation, $10 for sellers

Drinks and nibbles will be available.

All proceeds go to the SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Squad.


we will be drawing a season pass (for members), also a pass for 2 to the International Ice Hockey - Canada v USA, Vector Arena, Auckland July 23rd... at the ski/board swap to be in the draw!!!

Members Subs/Season Passes are in the mail!!!

Welcome to the Winter of 2011!
This year we have a new membership program. I have endeavoured to change everyone over to the new program but I may have missed some.
If you know of anyone who has been missed please get them to contact me and I will add them in.
If your invoice is wrong please change it, write me a note and send in your money (check  our Club Membership webpage for pricing)
Please send your membership cards with payment. If paying by internet you still need to send in your cards with a note to say that you have paid.
If you have done working bees please supply the date of these take off the discount from your Season's Pass and send in your payment.
You will find enclosed with your invoice a green form so that you can complete your details and return to me with your cards. I need your e-mail address as next year we will be sending your invoices by e-mail.
Feel free to contact me. E-mail is best for me as I can deal with it when I have time but if you need to call no worries.
Jenni Fletcher

Should you wish to pay via your own bank's on-line banking payment facility, our bank details are on the SMC Members Info page on  our website. Please reference your invoice number with payment

Note: you are still required to send in your existing pass, for processing and re-validation. Please send to Subscriptions, PO Box 3271 New Plymouth.

Again, if you have any questions or concerns on Subs please contact Jenni Fletcher email or h 7588879.

Funding secured for new ski-doo

As advised previously Pub Charity have contributed $9,500 towards a replacement ski-doo.

We were unsucessful with other funding avenues, so we have revised our plans and are now looking at purchasing a 2nd hand ski-doo from North America. Our committee is looking at options, and as it is now the off-season in America, we think it a good time to purchase.
We'll keep you posted on developments.

Thanks again to Pub Charity for the contribution to the upgrade of this essential operational machinery.

Volunteer Staff Training Day, 2011 

We have rescheduled our staff training day for Sunday June 19, at at the ski area at 10:30am.
Those who operate our lifts, and those wishing to learn how, are required to attend, to be trained in general ski area operations, basic avalanche response, first aid response etc.
It is essential that you get signed off at this training day as competent to operate the lifts, so those who would like to learn and be able to help out on operating days are requested to attend.



Remember, a working bee qualifier is now applied to 'discounted' member season passes. Working bees are required to be completed by 29 May to qualify for the 'discounted' season pass rate, otherwise full price season pass rate applies. 1 member working bee still qualifies for 1 free nights accommodation at SMC Lodge, or 1 free days skiing, whichever you chose.


Date (Weekend of)


Contact numbers Working Bee
May 21-22

Lars Binsbergen
Mark Braddock

m 0273220092
m 0276898149

  • T-bar mowing
  • Learners tow out
  • T-Bar Maintenance

May 28-29

Jack Cran
Mike Reeve

m 0277424273

  • outstanding work from above tasks
June 04-05

Nick Brown
Justin Keenan

m 0272229832
m 0272484085

  • Lodge (window latch repairs, prep/paint reveals on Lodge windows)
June 11-12
  • contingency


SMC acknowledges support given by NZ Community Trust, towards Safety Services Coordinator wages for last season.

supporting SMC junior ski racing and training


Greetings fellow S.M.C. members. May the 16th and the weather has turned cold with some strong winds from the West/South West. Ideal conditions to snow on our mountain.

Spoke to Murray Wagstaff last night down and he tells me Mt Hutt as had a good fall last night and the staff are planing to start making snow towards the end of this week. He reckons this last fall will stay on the mountain.

Regarding Manganui ski field,we are almost ready. Thanks to a hardy regular small band of members.
The Tee bar has had its maintenance done,just spring boxes and tees to hang.We have had to replace a numer of rope clamps to ready it for the up coming season.
Tee Bar towers have been scraped and painted and the work has been completed to allow PowerCo to run its new cable from the mountain house. This should help with the power fluctuations we  experienced last season. Many thanks to Power Co for there support to a very expensive project.

George, with the support of a crew have been beautifying the Tee Bar slopes and all the drainage holes have had there covers replaced.Brook and another crew have been working on the road and have replaced a colvert to redirect water flow off the track.
Nick has been tidying up the lodge,with gib stopping and paint.

The Padrutts have got machinery all turning, but D.O.C.,for some reason only known to themselves have directed us not to mow the Tee Bar slopes this year. Watch this space!! Biggie and his crew have been working on  Safety fences and benching a tower to control washout. Dennis has sorted out the Top Tow safety cable which suffered major rock damage.

Many thanks to many people, far to many to mention, that make things happen on our Mountain.

Hope to catch up at the Ski Swap.

Kev Rowlands

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…

  • Canteen/Ticket office POS system
  • Top Tow fences/get back trails/pulleys maintenance.
  • Machinery maintenance
  • Lower lifts maintenance 
  • Avalanche conference/Infoex program
  • Manganui Lodge inside general maintenance








July 2011 will see the fastest team event to hit our shores. Be there to see USA take on Canada in an International Ice Hockey showdown, never seen before in New Zealand.

Christchurch’s CBS Arena is just one stop in a three game series, with the other two games been hosted by Vector Arena Auckland on July 23rd and Dunedin Ice Stadium on 3rd August.

The invitational tour is led by NHL superstar Kyle Quincey who is a defender for the Colorado Avalanche.

The players have been carefully selected to bring you the largest action sports event of the year, in an unbelievable display of speed, skill and action.

The New Zealand exhibition tour also features Canadian commentator Kerry Goulet (gouch) who will call the games live, while the GAMES are filmed for National and International television, all staged on a fully portable NHL spec ice hockey floor.

Spectators will be treated to the full American production with indoor pyros, flame throwers, world class entertainment and big screen TVs. The CBS Arena Christchurch has been split into two sides, Canadian supporters on one side and USA supporters on the other so make sure you pick a team to cheer for.

This is an event that cannot be missed, don’t be left at home, be a part of the action.

For more info visit

The original aim behind ski~mojo was simply to stop your legs getting tired when skiing. What we've ended up with is a piece of ski equipment that not only helps skiers who find themselves out of breath, suffering thigh-burn or suffering through general lack of fitness to get the most out of their time skiing, but also helps those with a variety of knee, back and  leg issues to get back on the slopes.

Another unexpected benefit that came with the ski~mojo was the way that it encourages you into the correct skiing position, helping to improve your skiing technique and preventing skiing injuries.

We have now made a significant number of improvements to the ski~mojo:

•Smaller, more inconspicuous and over 33% lighter
•Slimmer and more comfortable
•No tools necessary in order to fit
•More universal fit
State of the art materials have been utilised to produce a piece of precision engineering which meets all these criteria.

ski~mojo has been carefully engineered to give you a constant level of support for your knees, back and legs. It’s so unobtrusive and works so well with the body’s natural articulation that skiers soon forget they are wearing it.

Essentially the ski~mojo acts both as shock absorbers and as an extra set of muscles, which support your knees and legs. Unlike your muscles the ski~mojo stores "free" energy as your knees bend and releases this energy to help support you as your legs straighten. The ski~mojo acts as a shock absorbers just like the suspension system on a car. It smoothes out your ride so that your skis glide better, whatever the snow conditions.

The ski~mojo has also been designed with comfort in mind. Not only does it give you support and protection, the posture strap encourages you to get your hips forward over the balls of your feet and this in turn encourages you to flex your ankles and knees. All the things your ski instructor or coach will want you to do to improve your skiing technique.

All the materials and component parts of the ski~mojo  have been rigorously tested and are capable of taking at least twice the stresses and strains that they would usually be exposed to – ensuring it has the durability to last, however extreme the conditions.



























Feature Article

Banff Mountain Film Festival, this Friday 20th May!!!

7.30pm - City West Church, Poplar Grove, New Plymouth.
Tickets from Kiwi Outdoors Centre.

Tickets $20, or $15 for NZAC members (Membership Card required) and $15 for students (ID required).

The following films will be showing at the Taranaki Banff Mountain Film Festival:

WILD WATER - When ordinary people share a singular passion, the extraordinary emerges. WildWater is a journey into the mind and soul of white-water and an exploration of places only river-runners can go — places of discovery, solitude, and risk. It’s a visually stunning feast for the senses, and an expedition into new ideas.  USA, 2010, 25 minutes
Directed and produced by Anson Fogel.  Classification: General - no advisory.

INTO DARKNESS - Into Darkness is a short adventure essay about the experience of exploring the secret underworld of caves. Journey along with a group of cavers who push through impossibly small passages to access some of the final frontiers on Earth. The images and sounds of spectacular and remote wilderness caves will reveal a fantastic world unlike anything we experience on the surface.  USA, 2010, 15 minutes.  Directed and produced by John Waller.  Classification: General - no advisory.

DEEPER -. Follow Jeremy Jones and other top freeriders as they venture past the boundaries of helicopters, snowmobiles, and lifts to explore untouched realms. Hang on tight in Deeper as Jones faces the biggest challenges he has ever encountered in snowboarding. All night hikes, sleeping on peaks, camping 65 miles from civilization, 20 below temperatures, 10 day storms, and 30 kilometre days bring the adventure back into riding. This film is 100 per cent carbon neutral.  USA, 2010, 27 minutes.  Directed by Jeremy Jones.  Produced by Steve Jones.  Classification: Parental Guidance - coarse language.

FEEL THE HILL - The sport of long boarding attracts all kinds of people. Feel the Hill demonstrates some of the multiple disciplines of long boarding and the sense of freedom that comes with the sport.  Canada, 2009, 12 minutes.  Directed and produced by Jérémy Comte.  Classification: General - no advisory.

THE SWISS MACHINE - Ueli Steck may be the greatest speed alpinist the world has ever seen. In The Swiss Machine, Steck tells of his record-breaking ascents in the Alps, accompanied by stunning aerial footage that captures him racing up 2500-metre alpine faces. When he joins Alex Honnold in Yosemite, Steck sets his ultimate goal: to take his one-man alpine speed game to the largest, highest walls in the world.  USA, 2010, 20 minutes.  Produced by Nick Rosen and Peter Mortimer.

RUSH HOUR DREAM - An office worker in Dusseldorf, Germany, has a Rush Hour Dream in the tramway on his way to work and wakes up on a beautiful mountainside to discover that he is carrying a paraglider in his laptop.  Germany, 2009, 5 minutes.  Directed and produced by Kerim Jaspersen and Christian Menn.  Classification: General - no advisory. 

FLY OR DIE - A bold new climbing innovation — Free BASE — is the creation of cutting-edge climber Dean Potter. In Fly or DiePotter combines free solo climbing and BASE jumping, on a quest to master disciplines that will lead to a daring evolution of the sport.  USA, 2009, 24 minutes.  Produced by Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen.  Classification: General - coarse language.

FOLLOW ME - You're at the head of a trail you have never ridden before.  With a knowing look, a friend turns to you and says "Just follow me!"  Whoever says it makes a pretty big difference for what lies ahead.  Whether it's a good idea or not, we almost always drop in.  From sending giant step-downs to high speed trails, it's always better to share the ride.  21 minutes.


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


Jeremy Jones, Deeper, playing at the Banff Mountain Film Festival this Friday!!!

Winter is just around the corner!
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