CLUB NEWS 11 – 19th September ‘17

These were presented by Ernie M. and Hannah from the Ski School, Saturday afternoon at the conclusion of the Schools’ prizegiving. Awards don’t come without a lot of hard work, so we congratulate the Winners, but it takes ALL of our young skiers to push the others along and bring out the best in each other, so you all deserve to be congratulated. We have a growing bunch of young ones who love the sport and are bringing their friends along on school days. At this age they learn so quickly, so it’s the ideal time to introduce them to it. Bring on NEXT season! Hopefully even more kids. Attached is the list of Jnr trophy winners. Continue reading “CLUB NEWS 11 – 19th September ‘17”

CLUB NEWS 10 – 13th Sept ‘17

Last Thurs, Fri and Sat we were treated to racing at its best with top XC skiers from several countries competing for all-important FIS rankings. Even in trying conditions on Saturday it was great viewing from the UFO as most of the course could be seen. Ernie and team set a challenging circuit, and freshly groomed by Dean, it looked a picture. The Snow Farm can be proud of what it offers to international skiers. It’s up there with the best trails in the world. The Winter Games is supported by many volunteers, who on Saturday stood out in awful weather for hours. All credit to them! It was especially exciting to watch young Campbell Wright, racing with some of the world’s best on Saturday. He acquitted himself very well in the Classic race, running up most of the hills and passing others on the way. Very impressive for a lad who is only 15 and great experience for him. No doubt we’ll hear a bit more of Campbell! Continue reading “CLUB NEWS 10 – 13th Sept ‘17”

CLUB NEWS 9 – 5th September ‘17

The big day of the M/M has been and gone with only happy memories left, and hopefully a few photos! I’m sure everyone agrees it was another great day in the history of the Merino Muster/Snow Farm. After much effort on the part of the Groomers the snow was excellent, and with the weather coming right, the preparation perfect, the camaraderie excellent, everything was in place for a most memorable day. Just great to have the American teams there to be the trailblazers in the Muster and the Snowrake, with Campbell Wright and Louis Jones right up there with the winners of the Snowrake. Also Chris Forne, Captain Ron and Keith Murray doing really well in the 42k. Congratulations to everyone who took part, in the 7km as well. No doubt there were a lot of PB’s recorded last Saturday, and that’s what it’s all about. The 3 races are an opportunity for all of us to extend ourselves and hopefully do better than last year. This day could not happen without a huge contribution by a large number of people, mostly Mary and her team of fairies and gnomes, and Snow Farm staff, so we are indebted to them for staging such a fantastic day for us all. Continue reading “CLUB NEWS 9 – 5th September ‘17”

CLUB NEWS NO 8 – 24th August ‘17

World Loppet skiers will be arriving early next week to add to the dozens of elite skiers already here for the Winter Games. There are social occasions that Club Members can be involved in, whether you are doing the race or not. Firstly, Social Drinks and Dinner at the Lake Bar in Wanaka, Thursday 31st August. Drinks from 5.30pm and Dinner at 6pm, menu to suit all pockets. Come and mix and mingle with these folk who have skied around the world and back, some of them not so young either! Next, the Skiers Lunch at Snow Farm Lodge, Friday 1st Sept at 1pm (time to be confirmed). Cost is $25. And if you are skiing one of the races on M/M day, you are invited to the After-race Dinner at Cardrona Hotel, Sat evening – own cost. Bookings must be made for Fri’s lunch and Sat’s dinner –
If you are still contemplating Volunteering, just do it! It’s a lot of fun to be involved in the Big Day in some way. You don’t have to be a skier to volunteer – maybe a friend might like to! Continue reading “CLUB NEWS NO 8 – 24th August ‘17”

CLUB NEWS No 7 – 16th AUGUST 17

A fantastic race last Sunday on loads of fresh snow, so much so that people had difficulty getting up the mountain! Moral of the story is, ALWAYS OBEY THE SIGNS!

‘Thanks to Hannah & Alanna and the Snow Farm team. We had a fun race even if getting there was a challenge of fitting chains, but the it was so worth it as the weather was perfect, company good and a real fun race. Lots of fresh snow on top of a hard base made race conditions around the Whoopty Doo trail achievable by all – yes so much fun watching the youngsters & oldies hitting the hills. The downhills were forgiving but a good wax job would have helped some of our skis glide better.
Hopefully we will have good weather next weekend for the Waiorau Classic – Saturday. Continue reading “CLUB NEWS No 7 – 16th AUGUST 17”

CLUB NEWS NO 6 – 10th August

Well here we are halfway thru the ski season, with the most exciting half yet to come! Even now it’s exciting to see the overseas teams arriving and settling into the Snow Farm for the next 2-3 weeks. If you’re having a bad day anytime, just take a look at the Canadian Adaptive Team and get inspiration from them!

One down and a few more to go before the season ends. Our cancelled Skate Race from last Sunday will be run THIS SUNDAY 13TH AUGUST, 2pm, so get your Skate skis on and get ready to roll. Registrations on the day, $5 each but free to Members. If you’re there and not racing, it would be good to offer assistance in some way to the Snow Farm team. Many thanks.

Next race will be the following SATURDAY, 19th AUGUST, and will be a 21km Classic Race, open to anyone as a prelude to the MERINO MUSTER on SEPTEMBER 2nd. Shorter races for the younger ones will also be run. Shall let you know time in next week’s Newsletter. Just remember that it’s on! Come and compete against yourself and see if you can improve your time.

Our lovely new tear drop flags have gone walkabout! Perhaps someone has them stored safely at home. Could you kindly let Ian McNabb or myself know if you do have. We need them!

Is to be held again next month, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, at the new Wanaka Recreation Centre, from 9 – 1pm. Phillipa and I manned our great little space last year and had lots of interest in the Nordic Sports Club. Would anyone else like to do it this year? It doesn’t clash with anything on our Calendar of Events – it will all be over by then. Please see myself or Phillipa if you are interested in putting the word out there.

This will be a great night to celebrate a great season and people who have done great things. We need folk there to support our Nordic Sports Person nomination, so mark it on your calendar – SATURDAY, 30th SEPTEMBER at Lake Wanaka Centre. Tickets on sale soon.

Did anyone notice visitors from the Capital recently?? No I don’t mean Helen Clark or even John Key, but our out of town members Rosemary and Gordon Fox and before them, Lesley Calver. Rosemary and Gordon burned up the trails on their snowshoes and Lesley zipped around with such lightning speed, you could hardly see her! Great to have them as Club Members, even tho they live on the ‘other’ island.

Sad for all of us that Alexei only has 2 weeks left at the Snow Farm, so if you have lessons left to click off, get them in soon!

Still needed for Merino Muster and the Winter Games. Go to and to put your name forward. It will be very rewarding to see some of the world’s best in action. Merino Muster is on Sat 2nd Sept and Winter Games, 7th, 8th & 9th September (at the Snow Farm)

Keep spreading the word about how fabulous the Snow Farm is. There are so many advantages to skiing here. More people are finding out about it every season!