Spring is here and the Nor-Westers have arrived too! The weather has been somewhat up and down over recent days, wind, rain, snow and some sun have all been on the menu and this coming weekend isn’t looking brilliant at this stage – checkout the weekend weather below.

Upper mountain conditions are still good and there’s typical spring conditions at present with firm of piste early morning, softening by mid-morning so the groomed runs are the place to be first thing in the morning.

The mountain will most likely close for the season on Sunday 23rd September so make the most of the remaining couple of weeks and head on up the mountain.

Last Saturday we ran the annual ThermaTech Undie 500 with 38 hardy skiers and snowboarders stripping down in minus 1 degree temperatures, bracing winds and snow to race downhill in their undies.Racers of all ages skied and boarded negotiating downhill gates, a limbo pole, 1m or 3m jumps, a weetbix scoff, snow ball toss, the ‘Sir Ed hill climb’ and a pole dance with their ski poles to the finish line!

Due to freezing temperatures the race included a catwalk strut so the judges could pick the top Mr and Miss Undie 500 2012. Won by Captain Planet and Ms Cowgirl complete with chaps! Sponsors ThermaTech, Surfanic, Fischer and TwinNeedle provided all the prices and the party like atmosphere was great for racers, spectators and staff alike.

Some pictures to help tell the story:

Undie 500 Start line

Undie 500 Start line

Some staff got dressed up for the occasion too

Some staff got dressed up for the occasion too

Number 32 - Miss Undie 500 2012 Ms Cowgirl

Number 32 – Miss Undie 500 2012 Ms Cowgirl

Pirate Day – Sat 15th September

To walk the plank, ‘n hunt for long lost treasure, dress like a Pirate ‘n chart ye course fer Mt Cheeseman – Loads of prizes for Pirates ‘n Wenches
See ye there-if ye dare…Arrr!

2012 Pirate Day

Events

Here’s a brief list of events coming up over the next couple of weeks:

  • 15 September Pirate Day & party
  • 22 September Springparty – Snowline Lodge
  • 23 September Season Close – TBC
  • 26 September End Of Season Party, Christchurch – TBC

Be sure to keep an eye on the website for further updates.

Weekend Weather

Not a brilliant forecast – the Nor-Westers are making their presence known but a chance of some snow so fingers crossed!

Friday 7th

Rain near the divide, with heavy and possibly thundery falls there, only scattered falls further east. Snow above 1700 metres.
Wind at 1000 metres: Northwest 60 km/h gusting 100.
Wind at 2000 metres: Severe northwest gale 100 km/h.
Free air freezing Level: 2200 metres

Saturday 8th

Rain, mainly near the divide, with heavy and possibly thundery falls there. Snow lowering to 900 metres. Gale or severe gale northwesterlies abating.

Sunday 9th

Showers becoming confined to the divide, and becoming fine further east. Snow above 800 metres. Westerlies about the tops rising to gale, lighter northwesterlies lower down.

We hope to see you on the hill to make the most of the final weeks of the season?

Cheers

Cam & The Cheeseman Team.