All good things must eventually come to an end and unfortunately the 2012 season is nearly over with closing day on Sunday 23rd rapidly approaching. We hope you can join us for a last run on the slopes over the weekend or even better come and stay Saturday night at Snowline Lodge and join us for a Spring / closing weekend party – beds are still available so book in now.

As we look back its certainly been a season of changing weather – the early June dump of snow set us up well for the start of the season and a nice top up of 30cms during the week before opening was like the icing on the cake! We opened on Friday 29th June in time for the school holidays and 2 extremely busy weeks followed. Then in week 3 the dreaded rain reared its ugly head and like most other fields throughout New Zealand our snowpack took a hammering, but despite this we continued on and August as normal provided some more good snowfalls which have continued on right through September. Generally the weather has been mild during the season and we’ve been enjoying “Spring Conditions” through much of August and September and it was only a week back that we saw temperatures plummet back well into the negatives with a recent icy blast.

It’s been a busy season with events this winter – Club Champs, Undie 500, Primary & Intermediate Races, Secondary School Races to name a few and last weekend we capped off the events with our Pirate Party which has now become part of the annual events calendar.

Summer is shaping up to be a busy one with quite a number of bookings already confirmed at Forest Lodge and lots of enquiries coming in. As usual we have our summer maintenance and upgrading programme to launch into once the snow disappears completely – we hope that workparties will kick off in November so a good start can be made before the Christmas and New Year break.

We’ll leave you with some pictures from last weekends Pirate Party.

A bunch scurvy dogs!

A bunch scurvy dogs!

Walking yee plank

Walking yee plank

A mean looking pirate if ever I saw one!

A mean looking pirate if ever I saw one!

A dangerous Pirate ready to conquer ye buried treasures

A dangerous Pirate ready to conquer ye buried treasures

Members End Of Season Function

Pegasus ArmsThis year we are heading to the Pegasus Arms for our 2012 End Of Season Function. We look forward to seeing you all there at “The Vespa Room” which is the upstairs function room of Pegasus Arms located at 14 Oxford Tce. access is also available off Tuam St, between Antigua & Montreal – Kick off at 6pm

There is a bar upstairs and food / meals (at reasonable prices) are also available upstairs or tables can be booked in downstairs area depending on your requirements.

Everyone welcome including families – See you there.

Ski Area Service Awards

Ski Area Service Awards TrophyThe 13th Ski Area Service Award is open for voting online at present. Cheeseman has won the Small Ski Area Service Award for 4 out of the last 5 years and is up for it again – so now’s your chance to jump online and cast your vote.

The survey consists of 33 questions relating to the service received from the snow user across 9 departments that make up the front line of a ski and board operation. There are two awards, the NZ Ski Area Service Award for commercial ski areas and, the NZ Small Ski Area Service Award for club operated ski fields. Click here to vote.

Weekend Weather

The final weekend is looking ok – possibly some fresh snow tomorrow!

Friday 21st

Areas of morning cloud and frost. Isolated afternoon and evening showers about the divide, snow to 1200 metres.
Wind at 1000 metres: Light.
Wind at 2000 metres: Light.
Free air freezing Level: Rising to 1600 metres.

Saturday 22nd

Fine.
Wind at 1000 metres: Light.
Wind at 2000 metres: Light.
Free air freezing Level: Rising to 2000 metres.

Sunday 23rd

Fine. Light winds.

A big thanks to everyone for your support during the season & we hope to see you on the slopes this weekend for the grand finale?

Cheers

Cam & The Cheeseman Team.