Winter is officially here

Winter is officially here and opening day is less than 4 weeks away!

Yesterdays snowfall is certainly welcomed and its looking good for our opening on Saturday 30th June in time for the School holidays. Our popular ski weeks have already filled and others are filling fast so book now to avoid missing out click here for further Cheeseman winter holiday info.

Cantabrians woke yesterday morning wondering if the forecasted snow had magically appeared overnight – it hadn’t. But as daylight broke it began and continued for much of the day depositing a white blanket over the city from the mountains to the sea. 40cms was measured at the Cheeseman town office in Hornby and the below picture shows the Landcruiser in the carpark surrounded by the good white stuff!

With SH73 Porters Pass being closed we have been unable to venture up the mountain yet but having caught a glimpse of the snow covered mountains and they sure look inviting! As soon as we can a team will head West to begin the task off clearing the road to gain access to the Ski Area and then it will be action stations with the groomers to pack down the new snow and continue the preparation work.

Work has contiuned on the mountain to get ready for June 30th opening with the Springboxes being hung on the Main T over Queens Birthday weekend along with other pre-season organising and jobs cracking on at pace. Looking back its been a busy summer and we hope the improvements will all contribute to making our mountain services even better.

Paul & Cam hanging springboxes - Queens Birthday Weekend

Paul & Cam hanging springboxes – Queens Birthday Weekend

Pre-Season Function

Monday 25th June from 5:30pm onwards at the Ferrymead Speights Ale House, 2a Waterman Place, Ferrymead (off Ferry Road near the Woolston Fire Station)

A full range of drinks,meals, or snacks are available.


Family Ski Weeks

Have you booked your ski week yet? There are some weeks that are especially designed for those of you with young families.


August 5th – 11th. This week is one of Cheeseman’s best. August is the month you can reply on for great snow. The week encourages families to meet and ski together. Many Cheeseman families meet on these weeks and re-book year after year. One of the best things about a Cheeseman Ski week is living on the hill in the snow. Many young skiers have as much fin making snowmen, having snow fights, playing in the snow at night and playing on the toboggans. The Club Champs are held on the weekend so that all the ski lessons and snow time give everyone perfect practice and skills for the club races.


August 26th – September 1st. For those with younger children this week has the added extra of a Nanny. The Nanny is available every afternoon to occupy your child if they do not want to ski. This is where Cheeseman excels. Your child can ski all day but in the afternoon has the pleasure of being able to play under supervision while you get to ski with other adults. Meal times are also peaceful as the children eat first and then have story time while the adults enjoy their uninterrupted meal.


September 9th – 15th. Another week with a Nanny for your young child. The advantage of skiing in September is that the weather is warmer and more pleasant for your child. All the advantages of the Nanny and plenty of sunshine as well. The last day of this week is “Pirate Day”. There will be a treasure hunt and plenty of games for children and adults.

2012 Events

We have a busy events Calendar lined up this season – check it out HERE.

The Primary & Intermediate School Champs is being held on Sunday 19th August. Race Practice day will be held on Sunday 5th August.

We are looking for helpers to assist with the running of both the practice day and the race day so please get in touch with Helene on 332-4302 or helenehaase@nullslingshot.co.nz if you can help.


Yelloshack Cafe

Yelloshack Cafe logo

Open 7 days for yummy homemade food, great coffee and friendly service.
Gourmet Wood fired pizza’s available for dine in or takeaway (weekends only).
Fully Licensed Bar

Call in for a wine, gourmet pizza, bowl of chips or hot soup after a great day on the mountain, or ring us to place you’re order for a takeaway pizza on the way home.
Funky atmosphere and recently renovated with a lot more seating.

Email yelloshack@nullgmail.com
Ph 03 3184880
Main West Coast Rd Springfield
Open 7 days – 8am onwards

E-News will be back again next week with another update so stay tuned and keep warm.

The Cheeseman Team.

Published on Thursday, June 7th, 2012, under News

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