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Rangatira News – October 2016

Spring is here and the welcomed warmer weather means there is some some great skiing to be had on the upper mountain. We still have a few great events for the end of the season so check out the upcoming events. For those of you who hate the thought of summer then check out Dive Fish Snow’s great deals for a Northern Hemisphere winter.


End of Season President’s Party & Backcountry Weekend Where: Turoa When: 22nd – 24th October

Come along and ski your heart out in the final few weeks of the season. We will be seeing the season out with the End of Season President’s Party. Rangatira parties like this are a must on your calendar, EVERYONE WELCOME!!! Combined with this weekend is a day of guided backcountry skiing at Turoa and an information evening on mountain safety. Secure your place now!

End of Season BBQ & Prize Giving Where: TBC When: 4pm, Saturday 26th November

Join us for Rangatira’s end of season BBQ and Prize Giving. Even if you’re not collecting a prize it’s a great end of year gathering. Food provided, BYO drinks. For catering purposes please RSVP to by 18th November.

As well as prize giving we have the annual photo competition. All entries need to be emailed to Trish Oosterbaan by Friday 23rd November –


Ruapehu Express Where: Mt Ruapehu When: 25th February, 2017

Mountain Bike, Run or Walk some of the coolest terrain on the planet. The RuapehuEXPRESS is a fresh new adventure style event that involves a mountain bike and a seperate trail run/walk in the foothills of Mount Ruapehu. Entries open early October, don’t miss out. Stay at Rangatira Ohakune. $20/night for members and $24/night for non-members (own food must be provided). To book in email

For entry details visit

SKI BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA With snow already falling in North America there is still time to book a Canadian winter SKI holiday! British Columbia is home to some of the world’s most amazing ski resorts. Discover spectacular scenery and a varied terrain to suit all levels of skier and snowboarder, from high verticals to easy runs and some of the best ski-in ski-out villages!

Big White Ski Resort Snowshoeing, tubing, skating, dog sledding, there is plenty of action to keep the family busy and the ski in ski out convenience that has seen Big White awarded #1 Best Family Ski Resort. Ski out from your doorstep and enjoy the on mountain experience with 16 lifts reaching 7,355 acres of skiable terrain and an annual snowfall of over 7.5 metres. – Awarded #1 Family Ski Resort – Canada’s largest totally ski in ski out village – 100% Natural Snow – over 7.5m per year

Panorama Mountain Village Located in the heart of the Powder Highway, Panorama is a friendly and laidback family favourite with plenty of on and off snow activities. there is no need to compete for the best snow and runs at Panorama with 2,847 acres of terrain, 1,225 metres of vertical, one spectacular bowl and 10 lifts. Slope-slide accommodation is literally that, steps form the lifts, but miles from the crowds. – Experience one of North Americas top 10 verticals. – Family Friendly ski in ski out village – Canada’s largest slopeside hot pools – The Panorama Springs

Make your SNOW holiday dreams a reality! Dive Fish Snow Holidays specialise in creating tailor made Ski holidays. To book your perfect SKI holiday call our Snow Travel Specialists on 0508 348 334 or visit

2016 Scholarship This year Rangatira Scholarship was made up of 7 boys. They had a great day skiing with Mark Fairley on Saturday, rest day Sunday and then into training on Monday with the instructor. As a result of bad weather, activities involved all the kids in the lodge, so a PACK of 15 kids walked to Old Coach road on Sunday and completed an Amazing race through the streets of Ohakune on Thursday – 6kms according to some, to end up at the Eclair shop for lunch. The Scholars got to try some race training on the Tuesday and as a result we have some new recruits for the Rangatira Race team for 2017. Some parents also tried to secure their spot as well! It was great to see all kids participating in the activities each night and we have some great photos and commentary that will be shown at prize giving in November. Liam Morell was voted scholar of the year by his peers and also picked up the cup for the most improved awarded by the instructor . Big thanks to all the parents involved , your time, enthusiasm and ideas for activities made for a great week .

Iwikau – Closed for the season A reminder the Iwikau club is now closed for the season. The Ohakune lodge will remain open until the end of the season. Please make your bookings via the website or by contacting the booking officer (

Club Results

Peak to Powderkeg This event, held October 8th, is a 4 part race consisting of skiing, running and cycling from Turoa ski field down to the powderkeg pub finished by skulling a handle of beer. We had 3 club members participating in the event this year. Conditions were challenging with limited visibility and snow as well as a wet road, but always a fun event!

Monique Oosterbaan – member of 1st Open team Maria Oosterbaan – 5th Open Individual Female Anton Haueter – 6th Master Individual Male

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