Week 2 of the school holidays and the 2012 season has been fantastic with great snow and bluebird days. Last weekend daytripper’s came in droves to enjoy some of the best snow in the Craigieburn’s and Canterbury for that matter and the weather with clear skies and sun did its bit to make everyone’s day perfect.

It looks as though the weather might be on the turn this coming weekend with a chance of new snow – but nevertheless we will be open for business and our first event, Gromfest, kicks off on Saturday. Gromfest is the first event in our 2012 events Calendar which you can checkout here.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our on-field accommodation at either Snowline Lodge which is located right on the skifield or at Forest Lodge which is located 6km down the access road in the peaceful Beech Forest setting. A range of accommodation packages and prices are available and can include daily ski lessons, lift passes and meals we even have linen hire available on the mountain for those spur of the moment decisions to stay a night.

Here’s a few pictures taken over recent days to wet you appetite!

Learners Slope last Saturday morning just after opening

Learners Slope last Saturday morning just after opening

Fresh Corduroy

Fresh Corduroy

"The Edge" Groomer working at Sunrise

“The Edge” Groomer working at Sunrise

Andy Wilson gets some air

Andy Wilson gets some air

Gromfest – 14th & 15th July

Coming up this weekend we have the Dynastar CHILL Gromfest which is a series of three competitions for young skiers and snowboarders aged 6-12 years.

The aim of Gromfest is for the young competitors to have fun whilst boosting their snow skills. Mt Cheeseman plays host to the first event of 2012 Gromfest series Saturday 14 July, a day of dual downhill slalom racing. The emphasis is on participation and there’s a bbq and prizes for all who enter.

If you’d like to enter simply show up on the day and say hi to the CHILL Crew who will be out on the deck if it’s nice and sunny. It’s free to enter and the more the merrier.

Registration closes at 10.00am
Downhill Racing kicks off from around 10.30

2012 Gromfest Cheeseman

Snowride Boarder / Skier Cross – Sunday 22nd July

Race down an exciting course of turns, ride up the sides, over jumps.
Race against your friends
Everyone has at least 2 runs
Prizes from Salomon, Nordica, Fischer and Snowride

Boarder X 2012

Swiss National Day Celebration – Saturday 28th July

Join us on Saturday evening at Snowline Lodge as we celebrate Swiss National Day (actual day is 1 August) with our Swiss ski Instructors. Traditional Cheese Fondue is on the menu and Bookings are essential as this is always a very popular night with lots of fun and laughter.

Forest Lodge Caretaker Needed

Can We are still looking for a keen person/s to fill the role at Forest Lodge as the Caretaker / Custodian. This role would be suited to either 2 individuals or a couple and is a mix of volunteer and casual paid work. Hours are flexible and the package includes food and board and of course there’s a chance for time on the slopes too. The paid aspect of the role depends on skills but includes weekly trips to Christchurch to drop of recycling and collect stores and supplies for the mountain.
Interaction with guests is required on a daily basis which includes welcoming new guests and making sure the Lodge is maintained to a good standard on a daily basis.

This is a unique chance to experience something different for a couple of months whilst enjoying a very special location with skiing, boarding ice skating & curling right at the backdoor and of course the chance to meet new people.

The role will be what you make of it – flexibility and an open mind is the key to enjoying this exciting challenge.

If you are interested or know of someone who may be please contact either Cam on cam@nullmtcheeseman.co.nz or James on ops@nullmtcheeseman.co.nz or call the mountain 03 318-8794

Evening ice skating and Curling at Forest Lodge -  Friday 6 July 2012

Evening ice skating and Curling at Forest Lodge – Friday 6 July 2012

Sunday Ski / Board Race Training

Sunday Training

Weekend Weather

After a settled period the weather looks to be on the change and the weekend might not be as good as the last two have been but there’s a good chance of some fresh snow!

Stay tuned to the daily snow reports for the latest weather on the day.

Friday 13th

Rain near the Divide with some heavy thundery falls. Scattered rain further east. Falling as snow above 1600 metres.
Wind at 1000 metres: Northwesterlies, gusts rising to 100 km/h in the afternoon.
Wind at 2000 metres: Northwesterly rising to severe gale 80 km/h in the afternoon.
Free air freezing Level: 2100 metres.

Saturday 14th

Heavy rain near the Divide, lighter falls further east. Snow above 2000 metres. Northwesterlies, severe gale 100 km/h in exposed places.

Sunday 15th

Rain, with heavy falls near the Divide. Falling as snow above 1600 metres. Severe gale northwesterlies easing a little.

Thanks for reading this weeks edition of E-News. We hope you enjoy the last few days of the school holidays and look forward to seeing you all on the snow very soon.

Bye for now.

Cam & The Cheeseman Team.