May is upon us and it seems that the settled Autumn weather we have been enjoying has now departed as a couple of wintery blasts have made their presence felt over the country. With most of the important outdoor work now completed we welcome some cooler temps especially on the mountain which will help to lower the ground temperature for when the ever important white stuff makes an appearance hopefully in abundance before opening on the 30th June!

The Ski Sales are upon us which also signals the ski season is just around the corner. Be sure to get along as Cheeseman will have stands at both the Snow & Surf and CSA sales this year – see below for details.

Our new online booking system is nearly up and running so stay tuned for more news on this once its live on our website in a couple of weeks time. Members and visitors will now be able to book and pay for Ski Weeks or other accommodation deals online which will vastly streamline this system.

As we depart from Summer we wish to thank those who utilised the Lodges for summer activities, functions and parties. It was certainly as busy summer especially at Forest Lodge with many people enjoying the unique location we have on offer. We already have a number of bookings for next summer already so here’s hoping for even more use of our great facilities over the 2012 – 2013 summer.

Ski Sale Weekend

This coming weekend there are 2 Ski Sales that Cheeseman is supporting.

Snow and Surf Ski Sale

Horticulture Centre, Riccarton Ave ( opposite the hospital)
Friday 4th – 9am till 7pm,
Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th – 9am till 4pm
Snow and Surf will be selling new ski and board equipment, clothing and accessories.
Cheeseman will be handing out brochures and flyers advertising 1/2 price lift tickets sold from Snow and Surf the following week.

CSA Ski Sale

The Stables, Addington Show Grounds
Saturday 5th – 9am till 4pm
Take in your second hand gear to be sold and view the Ski Area and retail stalls
Sunday 6th – 9am till 4pm
Sale of second hand gear and last seasons new equipment
Cheeseman will have a stall marketing our Ski Area to the public and selling 1/2 price lift tickets

Volunteers Needed!

We still need help to run these 2 events. If you can offer some time over the above sale dates please Contact Us or phone Ros Service on 0272 936-367

A four hour shift earns a half workparty voucher, or we will welcome an offer of 2 hours help.

Mountain Activity

Some pictures below from Family workparty weekend which was held last weekend. It was great to see a huge turnout of new and long standing members

Installing Gabion Baskets prior to Family workparty weekend

Installing Gabion Baskets prior to Family workparty weekend

Mike checks over a distribution board in Snowline

Mike checks over a distribution board in Snowline

Cutting up the remains of Middle Hut for Firewood

Cutting up the remains of Middle Hut for Firewood

Junior members loading firewood onto trailer

Junior members loading firewood onto trailer

Loading Gabion Baskets with rocks

Loading Gabion Baskets with rocks

Another E-News will follow shortly but until then keep an eye on our website for further updates as the 2012 season approaches.

Take care and don’t forget to check out the ski sales for some great deals at Cheeseman.

Regards The Cheeseman Team.