Lodge Update. Our Maunga. October 2021

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    Tony Gazley

    Mt Ruapehu

    Unlike last year, lady luck was with us this season following the announcement that the essential part of New Zealand was to move back to Level 2. That meant that we completed Ski Week 1 and opened again for Ski Week 2, and hopefully will also for the coming school holidays

    Ski Week 2 was very successful, with the only disappointing factor being that the lifts were closed initially for two days due to bad weather, only for bluebird conditions to be revealed from mid-day on. So, some of us hiked / skinned up the mountain for a very peaceful day on the upper slopes while others enjoyed pottering on the lower mountain.

    Those weeks that were stricken by the lockdown disrupted private groups booked into the lodge again – who were forced to abandon their plans. Thanks to Mark who had to manage a school group who were forced to leave the lodge mid-week and then had to clean the lodge and secure food

    At This stage Happy Valley has plenty of snow so looking good for the school holidays

    The upper mountain also has plenty of snow and all facilities are operating weather permitting. So get up there and get some exceptional spring conditions.

    Keep the following dates in mind, or better still, put them on your calendar:

    • The first week of the school holidays is now full.
    • The second week of the school holidays has a limited number of spaces so get in quick!
    • The tailing weekend October 15 to 17 needs a trained leader and has no bookings at this stage.
    • Labour weekend we will be open and there is a leader and several spaces available

    Go to the lodge bookings page even if you are not making a booking but you want to keep up to date with how things are, go to that page as this is the page with up-to-date booking information. Go to Wellington Tramping & Mountaineering Club website, Facilities, Ruapehu Lodge, Lodge Bookings page even if you are not making a booking but you want to keep up to date with how the latest information.

    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.

    And finally, the lodge committee now has a third booking officer which is good news as the other two have been exceptionally busy with bookings and refunds for the last two seasons.

    Brian Goodwin

    Lodge convenor

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