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of the SMC E-newsletter
ISSUE 58 WEDNESDAY 09 NOVEMBER 2011...
Welcome to Issue of 58 Manganui Notes, the e-newsletter of Manganui Ski Area and Stratford Mountain Club.
With the season drawing on a close, we can reflect on an above average snow season for NZ as a whole. We had some epic skiing at Manganui, some fantastic snow and great coverage, and with approx 21 t-bar operating days, with many of those having the top tow operational as well, there was ample opportunity to ski at your local this season. Tuesday August 16 will stay in my memory for a long time as one of the great days I have experienced on the snow in the North Island, both from the vistas, and the sking itself...
Tuesday 16 August - Mike Reeve's epic action and scenic pic of a snow covered province.
And of course, who could forget the long awaited snowfall at Auckland's Eden Park (after 24 long years), on that Sunday night of October 23rd? Even some of the All Blacks took time to play in it!
Just goes to show, we are all kids when playing in the snow!
In this issue...
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
phone and fax (06)755 0005
GOINGS ON’ Around the Manganui Ski Area
The SMC 2011 AGM
Tuesday 6th December at 7:30pm at the NP Boardriders Club, Fitzroy Beach Reserve, New Plymouth.
The bar will be open for liquid refreshements.
Confirmation of 2010 AGM Minutes
Presentation of the Annual Report
Election of: Honorary Surgeons, Auditor, and Honorary Solicitor
Election of Officers: The following positions are up this year; nominations are invited for:
Upper Lifts Convenors
Safety Services Convenor
As at 07 November, we have received nominations for:
Rhys Williams (President)
Justin Keenan (Newsletter/Marketing/IT/Funding)
Brooke Fletcher, Biggie Smithers (Upper Lifts Convenors)
Lars Binsbergen (Safety Services Convenor)
Clive Saleman (Jnr Ski Racing & Training)
Jack Cran (Secretary **if required).
Subscriptions Fees and Lift Passes Fees
Nominations close 22nd November but can be accepted on the night if no nominations for a position are received prior.
Interested in running for a commitee position? Click here for the nomination form. Nominations close 22nd November.
Snow Safety Services Coordinator's closing report (reported late September)
It's getting the end of September and the snow season is slowly getting to an end.
The last snowfalls occurred in the T Bar Area in the middle of September, since then the snow is melting away on the skifield.
The Top Tow is still in great conditions, the snow might be in the valleys of Mt. Taranaki maybe till New Years Eve.
At New Years Eve I will be in the Northern Hemisphere ( most likely in Innsbruck, Tirol, Austria or at www.heliskiromania.com ) to check out the winter there, hopefully the winter back home will be blessed by the same snowgod as here in NZ.
We had two seasons with not too much snow behind us in Austria – so next one should be epic – fingers crossed!
It was a great experience for me to be here – thanks for having me.
This skiclub is gifted with a lot of skilled people and motivated skiers – was beautiful to see, as this was the first clubfield I was working for.
Its amazing, what people can pull off, when some work together on the same goal.
I want to take the chance to thank everybody helping out during the season especially Lars Binsbergen, who gave me a good introduction.
Thanks aswell to my Austrian mate Alwin, who always had an open ear and time to consult me in my decisions.
Have a nice summer – lets see, what happens – we might see again next year!
Ski You next time!
Season review from the editor...
As mentioned above, Tuesday August 16 will stay in my memory for a long time as one of the great days I have experienced on the snow in the North Island.
As always maintenance was an issue; with the groomer tracks in need of replacement (which has been actioned), our ability to shift and consolidate the snowpack was hampered somewhat.
Some challenging snow conditions and a great deal of shifting (digging!) of the access track by the appreciated was required for us to get going for a period in mid August. Because of their hard work and toil, we were able to stage the Naki Pri and Sec Ski/Board champs, for the first time since 2008. These days were among the busiest at Manganui.
Many thanks again to those that helped out this season; some initiatives have been discussed and the incoming committee will look to implement some procedural changes to ensure track maintanence (and therefor safety) is completed to DoC requirements before we can operate. Also our communications w.r.t. reporting of conditions will get a review, with a view to improving how we communicate the current field status (especially top tow operating), as best we can.
supporting SMC junior ski racing and training
What they have done to Ohakunes Big Carrot, for RWC 2011; SHGC ski team
SMC Club Ski/Board Champs
Awaiting the start
JUNIOR SKI RACING AND TRAINING North Island Primary and Intermediate Schools Ski/Board Champs - 28 August - Sep 2
So the week of these was a mixed bag weather wise. What did that mean? Well racing was postponed till Wednesday, with some weather not suitable for racing either side of that.
So those that volunteered to be Course Assistants; and in so doing get a $50 ski pass for the week, got real good value, with lots of free skiing/riding with the students.
Note: the North Island Secondary Ski Champs were a non-event in the end, with weather putting pay to any chance of ski racing. Lots of downtime (see picture of the Ohakune Carrot on the left - SHGC ski team).
NI PIS SKI CHAMPS SENIOR TEAM RESULTS FOR 2011
Kristin 79, 1
Oakura Snowbirds 68, 6
NI PIS SKI CHAMPS INTERMEDIATE TEAM RESULTS FOR 2011
King's A 79, 1
FDMC 47, 19
NI PIS SKI CHAMPS SENIOR BOYS - GS - RESULTS 2011 (best time)
Rich, Jackson HIBS Blue 19.56 1
Laing Aken, Gabriel FDMC 23.99 24
Edwards, Noah FDMC 24.52 26
White, Angus Oakura Snowbirds24.55 27
Wilson, Nick Oakura Snowbirds26.50 57
Wall, Colby FDMC 29.39 102
Gray, Zaine FDMC 32.42 132
Hay, Connor FDMC 1.04.52 152
NI PIS SKI CHAMPS SENIOR GIRLS - GS - RESULTS 2011 (best time)
McKay, Eden Kristin - Int team 18.38 1
Willis, Sophie Oakura Snowbirds 26.13 69
NI PIS SKI CHAMPS JUNIOR BOYS - GS - RESULTS 2011
Gilbertson, Theo Ponsonby Primary - Blue 22.38 1
Willis, Ben Oakura Snowbirds 24.25 11
NI PIS SKI CHAMPS JUNIOR GIRLS - GS - RESULTS 2011
Reilly, Chantelle Waimauku 23.48 1
Mitchell, Poppy Oakura Snowbirds 25.63 7
NI PIS SNOWBOARD INTERMEDIATE TEAM RESULTS 2011
King's A, 79pts, 1
FDMC, 47pts, 20=
NI PIS SNOWBOARD SLOPESTYLE RESULTS 2011
NAME SCHOOL TEAM Pool K/out Total Place Te Ua Timi Oakura 21 23 44 1
George Charlie FDMC 15 0 15 15= Williams Jack FDMC 9 0 9 21=
SMC Club Ski/Board Champs Round 1
The Club Champs were held Sat 10 Sep, at Manganui Ski Area top tow, over a long course (check out the times)...
Name Surname Division Sex Fastest Time Placing
Niel Piebanger Snowboard M 66.72 1
Rhys Williams Snowboard M 67.54 2
Christina Binsbergen Division F 46.76 1
Manuel Padrutt Ski M 50.97 2
Finnley Binsbergen Ski M 51.68 3
Lars Binsbergen Ski M 53.27 4
Truman Edwards Ski M 55.01 5
John Neeson Ski M 55.29 6
Lenny Binsbergen Ski M 56.76 7
Keith Plummer Ski M 57.69 8
Kevin Rowlands Ski M 63.16 9
Moritz Padrutt Ski M 65.24 10
Colin Woodward Ski M 74.38 11
Brendan Edwards Ski M 77.58 12
Mario Padrutt Ski M 90.74 13
Thanks to Christina and Clive for running this event.
SMC acknowledges support given by NZ Community Trust, towards Safety Services Coordinator wages for this season.
SMC PRESIDENT’S REPORT
no report this issue
Madwax is stocked at Kiwi Outdoors Centre and at Vertigo SH45
WHAT THE SMC COMMITTEE IS UP TO
The SMC committee has and or is working on a number of projects.
- AGM prep
- Lodge Bookings
- Groomer maintenance (new tracks ordered)
- ski area end of season tidy up
- weatherstation maintenance
- 3-YEAR MAJOR FUNDING PROJECT - 2012 – T-BAR TOWERS REPLACEMENT - planning
SNIPPETS OF INTEREST/ADVERTORIALS
ski area action!
These pics were taken over a few memorable days on our local...
Brad McKinlay at Perisher
...we have tussock, they have gum trees...
Brad is an SMC member currently working a season at Perisher NSW Australia...
Dept of Conservation newsletter - extract
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.
PHOTO OF THE ISSUE
Top Tow Toast; Sunday 25 September
Winter has been a great one for SMC! Some road and power issues, which were understandable given the quantity of snow we received, but great snow and lots of operating days all the same!
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