Well the great news is that we are open and despite the challenging weather last Saturday we opened on time for the 2013 season! Friday night saw the arrival of new snow and this continued over the weekend on & off. Monday dawned as a clear and crisp bluebird day and we had another top-up of snow Tuesday night. Thanks to everyone who braved the windy weather conditions over the weekend to enjoy opening weekend with us and those who stayed Saturday night at Snowline Lodge enjoyed a fantastic opening party!

Our first Ski week of the season kicked off on Sunday night – “International Week” and guests, including lots of children, have had an awesome time. The kids who started out on the learners area on Monday have quickly progressed up the Main T Bar thanks to the help and expertise of our instructor team. The school holidays kick off this Saturday and the following 2 Ski Weeks at Snowline Lodge are fully booked so here’s hoping for some more snow and bluebird days!

Today the sun is shining and everyone is having a ball, tomorrow looks okay earlier in the day and there is a chance of some more snow over the weekend as freezing levels drop to around 1000 – 1200 metres – see the weather report below.

Don’t forget this Saturday is our first events for the season – Chill Gromfest. The following weekend we are running the Snowride & Cheapskate Skier / Border Cross – more info below.

Top: Opening day – Saturday 6 July

Middle: Wide angle shot from the top – looking good up here

Bottom: Today – Swiss instructors Ivan and Sebastian, enjoy a cuppa before they hit the slopes

Cheeseman Events

These are for all Skiers and Boarders. Come up to the mountain and join in –

We have an action packed events Calendar planned for the season – Click Here for the full Calendar and details of all events

Chill Gromfest – Saturday 13 July

This is a fun – have a go – race day for “Groms” – skiers aged 6 to 12yrs – but older children are welcome to join in. So Families come on up bring your children, and their friends. Everyone is welcome to have a go. Prizes a plenty.
The course will be set up – a dual Downhill / GS – so race your mates – and improve on your times. Registration 10am in the Cheeseman Day Lodge.

BBQ on the deck to follow with a prize giving

 www.chillout.co.nz

Snowride & Cheapskates Skier / Boarder-Cross – Sunday 21st July

Come and race your mates, and others – down Cheesemans’ Boarder cross track. Everyone gets at least 2 runs after a warm up period.

  • Prizes for age groups and classes.
  • $10 to enter – Register in the Day lodge on the morning.
  • 10am – warmup
  • 11am – race starts
  • Also look out for all the Demo gear that you can try.

Practice Days for school students – 28th July & 18th August

  • Race gates set up for the day for school children to practice on a race course.
  • Timed runs available between 11am and 1pm
  • Register in the Day Lodge in the morning

My #1 High 5 Pass

First time ever! This season we have introduced at Cheeseman a 5 day concession pass.
Valid for anytime during the 2013 ski season only and passes may be pre-purchased online or on the mountain at the ticket office. Click here for more information or to buy now online.

Weather Report

Friday is looking good first thing and then a chance of some snow in the afternoon. Saturday looking good in the afternoon and some more snow on Sunday. Be sure to check in with our daily reports for up to date Snow, weather & Road conditions.

  • Tomorrow

    12 JulyMostly fine, but cloudy periods mainly north of Raikaia with snow flurries in the afternoon, rising to about 1000 metres overnight.

    Wind at 1000 metres: Southeast breeze dying out and northerly breeze developing.Wind at 2000 metres: Easterly 30 km/h turning northerly in the afternoon.Freezing level: Rising to 1200 metres overnight.

  • Saturday

    13 JulyShowers, mainly north of the Rakaia, with snow down to 1200 metres, clearing during the afternoon, leaving fine spells.

    Wind at 1000 metres: Light.Wind at 2000 metres: Easterly 30 km/h, turning southerly.Freezing level: 1600 metres

  • Sunday

    14 JulySnow showers with cold southerlies strengthening.

    Issued: 10:50am Thursday 11 Jul 2013

Be sure to come and join us soon for awesome snow and fresh turns.

Cheers Cam & the Cheeseman Crew.