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Awakino Skifield News 2010

28 October 2010

After a fantastic season that spanned from late May to Labour Weekend, the weather has finally caught up with the snowpack, and we have now closed. The season was probably the most successful one for the field in 20 years, and that's all been possible due to the consistent support we've received from skiers - and of course our tireless volunteers. Summer work parties will begin in February, readying the place for the 2011 season.

19 October 2010

We will aim to open on Sunday, weather permitting. It looks like there is a bit of westerly/SW coming through the next few days which will help keep things cool and may blow some snow over the rocks!

15 October 2010

Awakino won't be open this weekend, however, the season is not yet over! There is enough snow on the main face and up high for a few more weekends yet. We will open for a day next weekend (23/24th of October).

6 October 2010

Awakino will be open this weekend - 9/10 of October. Come on up and enjoy the spring snow. Plenty of space in the lodge. We will be assessing the snowpack and availability of volunteers to decide whether the ski season will be extended beyond this weekend.

6 October 2010

Awakino will be open this weekend - 9/10 of October. This will be the last weekend of the season. Come on up and enjoy the spring snow. Plenty of space in the lodge.

30 September 2010

Awakino will be open this weekend, however, the lodge is fully booked and no spaces are available.

20 September 2010

After an epic powder weekend with close to 40cm of snow falling, Awakino is now closed to give its hard working members a rest. Next opening on October 2/3.

17 September 2010

Awakino is open this weekend - and there is plenty of fresh snow. There is snow to low levels on the road - chains are required. The weather up here is significantly better than most other places this weekend, Come on up and enjoy the fresh snow!

16 September 2010

Awakino is open for the weekend. The weather up here is significantly better than most other places this weekend, so come up and enjoy the fresh snow!

16 September 2010

Awakino will still be opening this weekend. We look to be the place to be in what is otherwise a weekend of bad weather for the country.

13 September 2010

Snowpack holding up well despite the warmer weather. Great skiing over th whole mountain. Road conditions are good - 4WD access to lodge and field for those with reasonable clearance. The field will be open through until the weekend of October 2/3, but spaces in the lodge are limited this weekend and next due to two instruction courses taking place.

6 September 2010

Around 50cm of wind blown powder has fallen, with the prospects of another 20 - 30 cm this week, so the conditions and coverage couldn't be better. The ridge tow rope is ready to be spliced as soon as the weather is suitable. Open all weekends until the start of October. Spaces in lodge filling fast so please book early.

31 August 2010

Awakino is open on the weekend of 4 & 5 of September. Plenty of space in the lodge. New snow has fallen over the whole mountain, and the skiing will be fantastic as always. Work is continuing on bringing the ridge tow back to operation. Also planning to open on the weekend of 18/19 September (but the lodge is half-booked for a snowcraft course). 15 places available for this weekend.

27 August 2010

Awakino is open on the weekend of 28th to 29th of August. Plenty of space in the accommodation lodge. Likely to open on 4/5 September, and the following weekends. Lodge fully booked for the weekend of 10/11 September. but 15 places available for the 18/19 September.

26 August 2010

Snowpack remains in good condition, with regular top ups and dustings received.

18 August 2010

Awakino is closed. Access road and lodge closed too. The field is open for day use only this weekend (21 and 22 August) - no overnight accommodation due to a snow safety training exercise taking place. The field will reopen on the weekend of 28th to 29th of August IF enough people book prior to this weekend. Otherwise opening is likely to be on 4-5 September.

16 August 2010

Snowpack is holding up well, with close to full coverage across the field, although the return of the infamous norwester has stripped out all the snow received in the big dump last week from the road. The ridge tow is close to operational again, with remaining work involving rope splicing. Superb skiing from the ridge into the headwalls of the basins. Come up and enjoy on the next open weekend.

New snow has fallen, possibly over 50cm of fresh powder.

All the more reason to head up this weekend!

2 August 2010

The snowpack is holding up well as we move into the middle of the season, with full coverage across the field. The 20cm received last week provided a boost. Sublime skiing in places, especially during the middle part of the day. Work is planned to get the ridge tow running for access to the upper mountain on the weekend of 14/15 August, but we need a crew to make this worthwhile.

8 June 2010

On top of the 1.5 metre base received in the big dump last week, the field received another 40cm over the weekend. The tow was dug out and skied on, in fantastic conditions with coverage across the whole mountain - scarcely a rock to be seen! Due to the snow, strictly 4WD access beyond the top car park, although this may change if we get the road bulldozed. The field is now essentially open, contact us if you want to use it.

2 June 2010

Awakino has received 1-2 metres of snow in the dump last week which has provided a fantastic base for the start of the season. This has buried the rope in most places, but the plan is to clear the remaining dumps this weekend (Sunday) and fire it up. The road was washed out in two sections, but has now been fixed. Two wheel drive access to the top car park, and 4WD to the lodge and field.

28 April 2010

The field is ready to go for the winter, as soon as snow arrives. Many work parties over the summer have caught up with maintenance and a few surprise improvements that you will have to venture up to find. Extensive work has been done on the main tow, with towers replaced and realigned. John Hamilton has fixed and refurbished the safety system. The snow-catching ability of the tow-line has been improved as well, which should improve access to the upper slopes in late season. The ridge tow rope as been carried to the summit ready for splicing and installation once the worst of the cold weather has passed. Chris and Jack have improved and graded the upper and lower roads. The main lodge now boasts a replacement coal range. All we are now waiting on is colder weather and a few southerly storms before the place can open.