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Awakino Skifield News 2011

3 October 2011

We are officially closed for the 2011 season. Thanks for all those who have visited during a challenging season and a special thanks to the volunteers who have helped keep the place running. The skifield and lodge are available for out of season use by booking through the 'Contact' tab. Maintenance of the road, buildings and ski tow will be happening at various times during the summer months.

27 September 2011

Access to the skifield will be open for the weekend of 1-2 Oct and accommodation is available in the lodge. Skiing is still happening on the main face and gullies, however the tow is unlikely to be operating, but if so is limited to 1 person at a time. Lift tickets just $20! Let us know by Friday if you want to come up. This will be our last weekend for the season.

23 September 2011

Awakino is open this weekend for the final time this season. springy skiing on a few cruisy runs that have good coverage. Reduced rates for skiing. Lodge fully booked for Sat night, but places available Fri night. *Make the most of it as the spring sun and wind is reducing the coverage although regular dustings of snow are keeping it fresh*

13 September 2011

Open for some springy skiing on a few cruisy runs that have good coverage. Reduced rates for skiing. Lodge fully booked for Sat night, but places available Fri night. *Make the most of it as the spring sun and wind is reducing the coverage although regular dustings of snow are keeping it fresh*

6 September 2011

The snow is holding out on the main face and gullies below and we are discounting lift passes due to less terrain skiable. Spring skiing conditions. The lodge has spaces available this weekend, but please book for these.

29 August 2011

We will reopen on Saturday 3 Sept for skiing. A good solid base provides cover across 3/4 of the main face and much of the rest of the field. The lodge is fully booked Sat night.

24 August 2011

Long weekend at Awakino! We will be staying open until Monday 29th if you want to extend your weekend. Plenty of space in the lodge on Sunday night.

21 August 2011

We will open from Friday (26th) afternoon for access to the lodge and aim to have the skifield open on Sat & Sun. There is space in the lodge, so please book in to ensure you get a bed. Loads of good snow at last, so come up and make the most of it.

17 August 2011

Open Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 August. The lodge is fully booked, but day trippers welcome. We have had 30+ cms of wind affected snow down to low levels. Chains and 4WD essential and there could be some walking if the road isn't cleared. If you need transport, contact Peter Wilson, whose details are on this website.

11 August 2011

OPENING 13 & 14 August. Skiing is limited to the main face and gullies back down to the lodge. There is good snow below the top ridge for those who wish to hike but you will need avalanche equipment. Still places available in the lodge Fri & Sat nights - please book with David if you want to come up.

11 August 2011

Awakino is opening for the weekend of the 13th and 14th August. Accommodation is available. If you wish to come along please contact David here.

25 July 2011

We are now closed for the next two weekends due to the road having drifted over on Sunday and the tow line still needing some more snow higher up. Access to the skifield is by prior arrangement only as part of the road crosses private farm land. Please respect this. Scheduled to reopn on Saturday 13 August - lodge bookings essential as space is limited.

18 July 2011

OPENING 23 & 24 July. Skiing is limited to the main face and gullies back down to the lodge. There is good snow below the top ridge for those who wish to hike but you will need avalanche equipment. Still places available in the lodge Fri & Sat nights - please book if you want to come up. Chains and 4WD required from the container and the road is open to the lodge. We hope to have it open to the top by Sat.

11 July 2011

Opening Sunday 17 July!!! The current storm cycle has delivered light and dry wind blown snow which has accumulated up to 1m deep in sheltered places, but is still quite bare in exposed areas. The lodge will be open from Friday night, so book in for a place and some first tracks. The tow will not be operating Saturday, although we may get it running later in the day.

1 July 2011

Alas what little snow fell this week (see photos below) is not enough to open, but our snow machines from Scott Base are scheduled to fire up next week. We will be opening the lodge up for the weekend of 23/24 July and access to the field will be open for snowplay, bikeplay, rock hopping and possibly a spot of skiing. Bookings essential as the lodge is 2/3rds full!

28 June 2011

Hopeful opening date - Saturday 23 July. Despite all our snow dances, sacrifices of goats to the snow gods and mid-winter swims, we will not be opening this weekend 2/3 July.

14 June 2011

Scheduled opening date is Saturday 2 July 2011. Realistic opening date is Saturday 23 July 2011. Probable opening date - you bring the snow and we'll get the rope tow going!

18 May 2011

The winter is nearly here, and Awakino is almost ready for action. As usual, a lot of work has gone into the place over the summer, with the lodge painted and new seating installed. The main and ridge tows have also been worked on, and a new rope is ready to be installed on the main tow at Queens Birthday weekend. As soon as the snow base arrives, we'll be opening for another exciting season.