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ISSUE 66        THURSDAY 12 JULY 2013...

Welcome to Issue of 66 Manganui Notes, the e-newsletter of Manganui Ski Area and Stratford Mountain Club, and our first for 2013.

So we had a great run of 6 days operating (a couple in that run of 8 days we were closed), from Friday 21st June, to Saturday 29th June . Didn't get the snow to open the whole mountain, but got great tbar conditions all the same, being the 1st to open in the North Island. Plenty of people managed to get up and enjoy the winter conditions. It has set us up for the rest of the season, and if Ken Ring's predictions for July and August come to fruition, we could see more action soon...

Thiscoming weekend, the first of the holidays, is looking promising, with snow in the forecast! 

The snow has happened and as at Wednesday 10 July we are operational again. So looking good going into the school holidays!

In this issue...

Major Sponsor
of the SMC enewsletter

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


Thanks to all who came along to the ski/board buy/sell/swap. Once again challenging weather on the night didn't deter many.
Lots of bargains around, and a reasonable crowd and a reasonable take, so quite a few sellers there.  Retailers there were Kiwi Outdoors (Rob Needs), Egmont Ski and Sports (Geoff Horn).
So all profits to the SMC Junior ski racing...profit on the night was approx $500.
Big thanks goes to Clive Saleman and his team, for the advertising, organisation, and running of the annual ski swap.

buyers and sellers at the buy/sell/swap

Lost & Found:

Burton snowboard boots, brown size 10. these were on the north-west rack of the drying room over summer. SMC Member Nigel Cleland is missing them! he is at 06 7527996.

Manganui Lodge stays and bookings

with the upcoming snow and holiday combination, just a reminder on how to book your stay at the Manganui Lodge, and what is expected of you as overnight guests...

Reservation Enquiries
We require all lodge stays to be booked through the booking officer well in advance. He needs to know your intention to stay, so he can assign sleeping arrangements to the 33 beds we have.

Please use our Manganui Lodge booking enquiry form as a preference (access from the website accommodation page), email for further queries, or call Robert Needs Lodge convenor to book your stay:

Robert Needs
(Lodge Convenor)
m 027 2702932

Accommodation is provided in The Manganui Lodge, at the base of the lift facilities. This is true ski-in ski-out accommodation!! Rebuilt in 2004 (after a fire destroyed the old lodge in 2002) it is spacious, comfortable and warm. Perfect for families. A goods lift (the 'Flying Fox') is available to transport your gear from 10 minutes into the 20 minute walk from the Plateau car park to the accommodation lodges.

Manganui Lodge offers ‘Club Field’ modern style accommodation for up to 33 people, with shared living areas and a separate TV lounge.

Sleeping options include six smaller bunk rooms with between two-six guests in each room, some of those are ideal private rooms for families (double bunks). And one large bunkroom that sleeps eight.

Bathroom/shower facilities are shared (Mens & Womens).
We regret we have no washing machine on site.

Guests are expected to assist with cleaning duties (duties list has duties assigned to each room) , and also assist with preparing ski area for the coming days operation (track clearing, helping staff where you can help etc).

 Accommodation is self catering, with guests required to bring their own food, and sleeping bags/duvets/towels (we provide pillows, please bring pillow case).

BYO alcoholic beverages. The canteen in the Ticket Office sells a small selection of soft-drinks, confectionery and snack food during the winter season.
We presently do not offer a ski-week option.

Our lodge situation is quite unique, with day users and overnight guests using the same common areas. We ask day users to clean up after themselves, and understand that those staying may be required to do some cleaning to maintain the tidyness of the lodge. Your respect and consideration is appreciated!

All accommodation is provided according to the terms and conditions set by the ski area management.

The Taranaki Secondary Schools Ski/Board Champs

held on the first suitable day of next term, after the July holidays

location: Manganui Ski Area

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 Channa Perry will attend, with SMC Race Coach Christina Binsbergen  to set the race course, and we will have a Ski Patrol on hand for any first aid requirements.

please contact Channa Perry phone: 027 4460196
Also contact  Mr. Richard (Titch) Turner at NPBHS for further details.

 Lift passes:
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).
So, in summary, competitors and team manager will be charged member lift pass rates and parents/others who are using the lifts will be charged full price.

SMC will develop RAMS (Risk Assessment & Management Strategies) to cover area from plateau to ski field, and including field activities (e.g. racing, slopestyle)
SMC will forward general safety recommendations to be forwarded to schools regarding transport, road conditions, footwear, use of helmets, adult supervision, etc.

SMC will help with setting up of timing equipment and assistance with operating during the day.
SMC is scheduling a boardercross event (not a slopestyle) SMC will set up the course and with parent assistance monitor the course. This event will be knockout elimination series till a final is hosted.
Possibility for some spot prizes to be given out at the end.

Practice opportunities over the holidays:
Christina Binsbergen SMC race coach will be setting up race equipment over school break if we have snow.

The Taranaki Primary&Intermediate Schools Ski/Board Champs

location: Manganui Ski Area

2nd available ski day after the July School holidays 

Last year we were not able to host it.

Channa Perry, the Stratford Mountain Club Racing Coordinator, will be involved on the day.

SMC will have volunteers available to help out.
Christina Binsbergen will set the course and Justin Keenan will assist with timekeeping.

The event will take place on the Manganui Skifield as in previous years.

The format will be:

Intermediate Girls Ski
Intermediate Boys Ski
Primary Girls Ski
Primary Boys Ski
Open Girls Snowboard
Open Boys Snowboard

Competitors will  need to be able to use the T-bar with confidence, independently, and have access to gear.

All competitors, teachers and adults will be entitled to buy tow tickets at club prices, unless you already have a season pass.  see website Lift passes page for pricing.

If your school wishes to send a team to these races, please contact Channa Perry,  Please include Name, Gender, Class level, Category (Skiing or Snowboarding) of students participating.
Phone: 027 4460196

As it can be changeable, risky environment, we need to ensure that you have a ratio of at least one competent mountain adult per child during the whole day, supervising from start to finish.  It is your responsibility to ensure all children are suitably dressed, equipped and have their own food and drink supplies.  The sun leaves the mountain early in the afternoon and it can get cold quickly, so warm weatherproof jackets, pants and hats are a must!  A spare pair of gloves / mittens is a good idea in case they get wet.  All competitors must wear a helmet when racing.  The mountain club does have some available to borrow.  Appropriate footwear with good grip to walk around the gorge is essential.  Walk quickly round the avalanche area.
The Ski Patrol will be on duty during the event and the club facilities will be at our disposal.
Please be very clear in your communications with those people taking part.

While all care will be taken for the children’s safety,  neither the organisers nor schools can take responsibility for accidents that may occur either on the ski-field or in transport and walking to and from the ski-field and mountain.

Practice opportunities over the July holidays:
Christina Binsbergen SMC Race Coach has advised she will be setting up race equipment over school break if we have snow.

Please keep an eye on the Stratford Mountain Club’s website for ongoing news and updates (members can also check email newsletters from the club) or  Or the snowphone:  7591119

Thanks to Channa and Rob Needs in getting this event rolling again. We're hopeful that we can have yet another wonderful day's skiing and boarding on our beautiful Maunga Taranaki with our upcoming snowsports stars (if the snow comes back).

Justin Keenan SMC


Iain Wilson disassembling the top bullwheel/lattice structure, pre Xmas

So now we are fully operational on the towers. We had a big push to finish them in time for mid-June. We missed the opportunity to operate on the late May snowfall; but a power of VOLUNTARY work was completed to get us up to and through the inspection. One committee member, who shall remain nameless, had a staggering 19 working bee days on the mountain pre-season! Without his and others effort, the project would never have been completed in time for the season. A big thankyou to all involved in the project (and indedd those who helped out on working bees this pre-season).

Top bullwheel lattice structure and tower, fully refurbished 







Practice opportunities over the July holidays:

Christina Binsbergen SMC Race Coach has advised she will be setting up race equipment over school break if we have snow.
This course will be available to anyone who wants to run the ski gates. Christina will give out a few tips to get you faster in the course.

When we have snow we do hold training on the ski area. We'll keep you informed on when it is happening.

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 national body for alpine ski racing.

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

SMC Junior Ski Race Training

Most Race Training is done at Manganui Ski Area (on good snow years), usually on Saturdays or 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 Racing and Training coordinator
Channa Perry, or our Coach Christina Binsbergen


 As I write this president’s report with my right knee in a brace from a basketball accident 3 weeks ago, and coughing from a cold, I feel good knowing that the club is in good hands and in good shape.  After our huge summer project on the T-bars, we’ve already had a week or so of open ski days so far this season – first in North Island!
Apologies for those amping to get up for the first snow fall only to find we were not operating.  The lift required a further few small tweaks and an official sign-off, but it is now all healthy and fit for the next instalment of snow. I hope you all get to take advantage of the remainder of the season.  It might be the end of the season before I get back on my board. Lucky me!!!!!
I would like to thank the committee who are continually working on the best way to operate the field within the Doc conditions and our constitution, all while keeping the costs to a minimum. We did have an over-run from the T-bar project exceeding the funding, which the club has paid for with the money from the last snow week.  It really does highlight the importance of making the most of the days we can operate viably.
The good thing is the Stratford Mountain Club is healthy and fit as you will be also after a day on our slopes.
Enjoy the snow!


Rhys Williams

Madwax is stocked at Kiwi Outdoors Centre and at Vertigo SH45




The SMC committee is working on:

  • subs processing, database update
  • naki pri/sec schools race day prep
  • working bee pot luck dinner/stay - for next year!
  •  Lodge bookings - on line bookings/payment system investigation
  • Lodge entry/security system review
  • POS system investigation on-going
  • major funding applications - replacement learners tow 
  • top tow rope - replacement
  • top tow shed maintenance
  • new rubbish bin outside lodge on east wall - done!
  • SMC 10 year plan - review and re-issue
  • Kent Needham has joined the committee, in the vacant position of Ticketing Convenor
  • auto coffee machine for the canteen, options.
  • top tow refurbishment discussions (been 20years since last retrofit)




Eftpos Specialists provide mobile eftpos to Manganui's Canteen/Ticket Office...

Shoreline Complex,
 46 Molesworth Street
 New Plymouth 4310
Sales/Service 24 hrs: 0800 42 66 99
Office: 06 759 4148
 Sales: 06 759 4148
 Facsimile: 06 759 4143
Eftpos Specialists (Taranaki) Ltd is locally owned and operated by Russell and Tania Atkinson, who bought the business at the start of 2009. They joined Michelle and Viv, who between them have 12 years and a wealth of experience with Eftpos Specialists (Taranaki). The entire Taranaki team believe in delivering top class service to their customers.
They pride themselves on their professional, friendly and responsive approach and they are very much business solutions providers, not just product sellers.  They won’t just sell you a terminal and forget all about you – they are expert account managers and will be there to provide you on-site service within 4 hours, available via telephone 24/7, throughout the term of your rental contract.
Eftpos Specialists (Taranaki) Ltd is also well known for supporting the local community, sponsoring schools and sports clubs through the use of short term rentals for gala days and other fund raising events. They also support the fight against cancer – donating 50c per roll of pink paper sold to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and 50c per yellow roll to the Taranaki Cancer Society.

Russell and Tania Atkinson Directors
M 027 452 5544 (Russell) E

Michelle Lord Sales & Service
M 027 260 9429 E

Janelle Baker Administration & Sales

... have serviced the SMC 2-way radios over the seasons, and recently serviced some of our 2-way radios, essential to our operation on the ski area...

Trident electronics limited was formed in 1974 as an independent electronic servicing organization.
Our emphasis was dealers and commercial operators with sales as part of our business.  We source parts from all over the world for our commercial and industrial customers.  Servicing the Taranaki province as far south as Wanganui and Palmerston North.  Licensed security company and Marine radio inspectors.  Installer video projectors and video screens.

Servicing and repairs: Trident Electronics provides servicing and repairs on a wide range of appliances and equipment.
Sales: Two Way Radios, Photocopiers and Printers, Sound Systems
Licensed security: company and Marine Radio Inspectors. Installer video projectors and video screens.
Suppliers: Audio Products Group, Hills SVL, Peavey, Panasonic

Contact Us:
Phone:06 758 5259
PO Box 3245
180 Gill Street
New Plymouth

again; just to remind you of the coming months!

July will be a spectacular month for snow, with reports of road and school closures the subject of daily front page newspaper stories. The sun is furthest from earth in the first week of July, called aphelion, which itself is sufficient to cause a temperature drop. July’s first week brings snow over the south of the NI to about 400 meters, and again to low levels in the east of the SI.  In July's second week, the new moon in apogee creates a barometric plunge to the 990s and extreme colder nights bring more snow that threatens power outages and the closure of major roads. Strong coastal winds may bring damage to poorly moored sea-craft, Cook Strait may be rough around 11 July and snow may arrive in Queenstown and Dunedin’s hill suburbs. Early to mid-July may bring snow to 100 metres in the south of the SI. Skiers on Ruapehu around 11 July may find perfect skiing conditions. The third week in July brings cold polar southwesterlies leading up to the next southern declination of 20 July, causing snow and ice to again affect inland country passes and SI roads including Arthurs Pass.  Southland roads may also be closed. Following the powerful perigeal full moon of 22 July, snow and ice may force closure of the Desert Road over the whole last ten days of July and may bring snow to sea-level in Southland and Otago

Although more snowfalls are anticipated for early and mid-August, overall August brings below average precipitation for most regions. Significant dry spells, particularly in the SI, see snow events start to lessen. Snowfalls continue in coastal areas through the first week and until around 9 August, but drier periods appear for both islands in the second and fourth weeks. The moon’s next southern declination is on 17 August. The 12-19 August could bring more snow to Central Plateau and to low levels east and south of the SI. Icy conditions may again attempt to close Arthurs Pass. But the next snowfalls are not likely to be until the dying days of August.



Feature Article


view from the car park...

Sat 22nd June morning, the walk in; always enjoyable when new snow is about...

how it was looking early morning

Staff Member Caleb, at the ticket office/canteen

Lots of smiles all round

SMC Treasurer Dean Raven helps with a shift of t-loading...

SMC Lodge convenor Nik Farquhar prepping to unload...

Strapping in for another run

SMC member Andy Cullen gets lighter

Dad Mitchell Davies has a chat while son Hudson enjoys the comfort of the Manganui Lodge, and the view of the ski area...(actually Hudson was having a power nap)

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.


aerial image from Glyn Jackson (in his glider!), Saturday 22 June

See you on the hill at the next operating period!
SMC Management
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