Lodge Update. Our Maunga. June 2022.

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    Tony Gazley

    Lodge Update

    Our Maunga

    June 2022

    Ski touring Mt Ruapehu

    The mountain gods have spoken thus: “there will be no covid problems this season, the mountain will not erupt, and the snow will continue to fall at night with intermittent periods of sunshine during the day. Car parking will be free for all if there is space”.

    The start of the season has had an early fall of snow thanks to an aggressive system driving up polar air and dumping snow.

    We had a successful clean and food carry weekend in May and then also an unexpected fall of snow. The Saturday morning was spent carrying food to the lodge during a pleasant calm morning with a good snow covering which continued falling into Monday. It certainly felt like winter.

    We are moving forward for winter bookings. Again this year we are trying to cater for those who need to plan well ahead, and also for those who are not able to decide when to make bookings until nearer the time. Go to the Lodge Bookings Page to find out when the second release of bunks is going to occur for each time period. This applies to weekends but not weekdays.

    For the lodge the membership status is now frozen meaning that people can join the club during winter but the non-member rates and priority status for the lodge will remain until the end of October. So please do not hassle our booking team with excuses about membership.

    We always have ski weeks available and in a good year, book out four of the available eight weeks to non-member groups. At the moment we have three weeks booked by non-member groups and that could be reduced at very little notice. These bookings are essential for the economics of the lodge, and additionally we rely on summer groups which unfortunately we lost all last summer because of covid. We are also expected under our license with DOC to provide accommodation for school groups etc.

    It has been very difficult to put together some type of schedule due to problems in nailing down other people’s plans and a lot of this is influenced by RAL’s programme. In a good year we would have had this sorted by March. This year it has been very recent.

    Jan and I have been organising the ‘seniors’ weeks of up to two a year for probably ten years now. This year we have decided on one ‘club ski week’ in September. However, there are other weeks available to book or to lead if you are able.

    The schedule of ski weeks looks like this. Put these dates in your calendar:

    • Mon 8 August to Friday 12 August. Non-member group. Booked.

    • Sunday 14 August to Friday 19 August. Space available but partly booked by Christian’s group. So, there is a leader.

    • Sunday 21 August to Friday 26th August. Empty 32 spaces available. Requires a leader.

    • Sunday 28th August to Friday 2 September. Was booked by a group but they cancelled. Two people are booked one is a trained lodge operator / leader.

    • Sunday 4th September to Friday 9th September. Non-member group. Booked.

    • Sunday 11th September to Friday 16th September. No bookings. Requires a leader.

    • Sunday 18th September to Friday 23rd September. Our club ski week. Still some spaces.

    • Monday 26th September to Friday 30 September. Non-member group. Booked.

    You are more than welcome to join us on our September club ski week, member or non-member. Just book online as usual or select from the possible alternative list above.


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    Ski touring Mt Ruapehu

    Visit the Ruapehu Lodge Facebook page for general info and gossip, and the Ruapehu Lodge page for all you need to know about visiting the lodge.

    #52777 Reply

    thanks for the info re booking dates – very helpful


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