CSC Bunkum #1 - Dates, Rates & Pre Season Work Party

4 March, 2021

Welcome to 2021, I hope you’ve had a great summer.  I can feel the seasons starting to change and we’re starting to think about the 2021 Winter season.

The Christie committee met for its pre-season planning meeting a couple of weeks ago and defined some important dates on the club calendar:

The 2021 pre-season Provisions Work Party will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 10 & 11.  This work party is ideally suited for Junior members of all ages; we clean out the pantry, replenish it with the latest and greatest, stack a heap of fire wood, and generally prep the lodge for winter.  It would be great to see some of our newer families come and lend a hand and find out how the provisioning logistics work.  Plus it exempts you from the Work Party levy in your annual subs – a saving of $190 per senior member.  If you can attend this work party, or have any queries, please contact me at membership@skichristie.co.nz

  • Christiania Derby – Saturday, July 31 - the first of the interclub races and a big weekend at the lodge.
  • Men’s Few Days – Mon & Tues, August 2 & 3 
  • Christiania Club races – Saturday, October 2 
  • End of Season Work Party – Sat & Sun, November 20 & 21 
  • Mid-Winter Christmas, Juniors Weekend and Ladies Few Days dates will be confirmed shortly – please keep your eye on the club calendar.

There has been an increase to 2021 membership subscription rates, as agreed at last year’s AGM.  Annual subs for Seniors will be $190, Juniors remain at $50, with the work party levy (applicable to Seniors only) moving to $190.  Remember, your work party levy is waived if you participate in Work Parties or do some equivalent work for the club.  We’ve also reintroduced the Joining Fee for new members.

Accommodation rates will also rise slightly to $48 per night for Seniors and $32 for Juniors. Committee agreed these changes following extensive research and modelling by our Treasurer (thanks Kerry!), whereby Christie still provides outstanding value for money compared with similar clubs.  Associate and Guest rates have also changed – full details are here.  Also a new Tertiary Student membership class is being drafted, to be voted on at AGM (details will be shared soon).

We are currently looking at an alternative to our aging booking system so expect some changes on that front this year.  Dates for subs invoicing, opening of bookings etc will be communicated once we get some more clarity on the new system.  If you’re aware of any changes to your membership status, please let me know as soon as possible – it saves a lot of time and effort if changes are communicated before invoicing.

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CSC Bunkum #2 2021 - Pre Season Work Party POSTPONED, new mattresses

31 March, 2021

The Provisions Work Party that was to have been held on Sat/Sun, April 10 & 11, has been postponed to the following weekend, April 17 & 18.  This is due to a couple of factors – BidVest, our bulk food distributor, is unable to schedule a delivery to Whakapapa at that time, and we’re also unable to guarantee helicopter availability.

All members who expressed interest in attending the April 10 work party have been contacted and, thankfully, most are still available for April 17.  But there’s still space for more!  If you’re interested in attending, please let me know.

For newer members who may not have attended a work party before, the Provisions Work Party is well suited for junior members as we restock the pantry, stack firewood and generally prepare the lodge for winter.  Late season work parties usually have more heavy lifting and deep cleaning and maintenance tasks so are not as suitable for younger members. You can arrive Friday evening or Saturday morning, and we’re usually well out of there by Sunday lunch time.  There is, of course, no charge for accommodation for these days.  And remember, attending a work party exempts you from the Work Party levy in your annual subs – a saving of $190 per senior member.

You’ll be glad to hear that the club has purchased 14 new Sleepyhead hotel grade mattresses and protectors to replace our existing larger single mattresses.  I’m not sure if these will be in by April 17, but they’ll definitely be there by the start of the season.  Please note undocumented lodge rule #1 – Mum & Dad get first pick of the bunks!

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CSC Bunkum #3 2021 - Work Party - further postponement

22 April, 2021

Unsettled weather at the mountain over the last couple of weeks meant we were forced to postpone the Provisions Work Party for a second time.  We’re dependent on helicopters to transport bulk items to the lodge and the weather has meant they haven’t been flying.  In addition to the normal loads of food provisions and firewood, this year we also have 2 new stoves and 14 mattresses to get to the lodge.  We don’t have a revised date set yet and it’s now likely that the work party will run mid-week and on short notice.  I’ll communicate any further info as soon as it comes to hand.  Our thanks to all members who volunteered, and apologies for the uncertainty. 

Good progress is being made on the new lodge Booking System - this will be up and running for the 2021 season.  Your subscription invoices will be sent out in the week of May 10 and we’ll open the system for bookings in early June.  As in previous years we’ll be implementing a short priority booking period for members participating in regular mountain programs, and initially restricting school holiday stays to 4 nights.  More detailed information will follow closer to the time.

After the success of last year, Juniors Weekend is set to return on August 7 & 8.  For those out of the loop, this weekend is all about improving our junior members’ skiing with ski instructors organised, and making friends in the club with games-a-plenty in the evening for both kids and adults. This weekend booked up fast last year, so book early to get a spot.

Lots more info to come in the next few weeks!

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CSC Bunkum #4 2021 - Work Party is GO this weekend, May 1 & 2

27 April, 2021

It finally looks like settled weather is on its way to the mountain for the end of the week.  Helicopters are booked, food and firewood deliveries are scheduled.  We are GO to run the Provisions Work Party this weekend, Sat & Sun, May 1 & 2.

If you’re able and willing to make this work party, please let me know as soon as possible – we need to get an idea of numbers for catering purposes by the end of tomorrow. 

We could also do with a couple of extra bods on Thursday and/or Friday to assist with moving bulk items if anyone’s available.

Please let me know ASAP if you’re interested in attending - email membership@skichristie.co.nz

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CSC Bunkum #5  2021 - Membership invoices have been sent

14 May, 2021

Dear members and friends 

Subscription invoices have been sent to all members over the last few days.  If you have not received your invoice, please contact me as soon as possible.  Many thanks to members who have already made payments.  

We have a long list of members who are patiently waiting for a locker or ski rack to become available.  If you currently have access to a locker or ski rack, please ensure your subs are paid promptly to secure it for the 2021 season.

The new booking system will open in early June to members who have paid their full subscription.  Further details on the new system, and season restrictions, priority periods etc. will be communicated in the next couple of weeks.  Apologies in advance for the number of emails you'll receive - there's quite a bit of info to pass on.

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CSC Bunkum #6  2021 - Bookings open soon

19 May, 2021

It's almost time to kick off the 2021 season.   Here's some important information around the opening of the booking system in a couple of weeks.

Invoices for the 2021 season have been emailed to all members – if you have not received your invoice please let me know ASAP.  The booking system will open on either Tuesday June 1, for members who have priority booking rights (see No 1. below), or Friday June 4 for the rest of us.

We will be continuing the rules introduced in 2015 designed to encourage participation in official ski & board programs and club races, increase the number of members that can stay at the lodge over the school holidays, and improve the effectiveness of the booking system. To remind you of the rules:

1.  A brief priority booking period will be given to members who have an intention for at least one of their immediate family members to participate in a ski/board mountain program run by Mt Ruapehu (formerly RAL), or other providers.  Details of all Programmes run by Mt Ruapehu can be found here.  There are the Academy Weekend programmes for skiers and boarders, the Holiday Crew school holiday programme, competitive race coaching with lots of timing options, and various adult options for those of you who don’t want the kids to get away on you.  Too late for me I’m afraid …

The priority period also applies to:

  • members who are dedicated to representing Christie in the inter-club ski race series.  This requires that they race for Christie in Christiania Derby as well as at least two of the other three club races (see the calendar).
  • members booking in for Juniors weekend

To take advantage of the priority period:

  • Email me (membership@skichristie.co.nz) as soon as possible confirming who in your family will be participating in a 2021 program or Juniors Weekend, or the club races you are intending to compete in
  • Ensure your subscription invoice is paid promptly, well before June 1
  • On June 1 you will receive a password reset request from our booking system – this will be sent to the email address associated with your subs invoice – once you have set a password you can enter the system and make your bookings.

Please note, this isn’t about giving members on programs a constant booking advantage throughout the season – you only get a booking advantage for three days – then the priority booking opportunity falls away.

2. In both school holiday periods, bookings will be limited to blocks of 4 nights from the time bookings open in early June until June 19, a 2 week period.  After June 19 the restriction will be removed.  This will allow a greater number of families access to the lodge during these peak times. You must book for 4 nights – not more or LESS – you cannot just book for the weekend. The holiday periods are:

    July school holidays (the reference to dates below are the nights you will be staying):

  • Block 1: Friday 9 July to Monday 12 July (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Tuesday 13 July
  • Block 2: Tuesday 13 July to Friday 16 July (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Saturday 17 July
  • Block 3: Saturday 17 July to Tuesday 20 July (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Wednesday 21 July
  • Block 4: Wednesday 21 July to Saturday 24 July (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Sunday 25 July

    October school holidays (again, the reference is to nights):

  • Block 1: Friday 1 October to Monday 4 October (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Tuesday 5 October
  • Block 2: Tuesday 5 October to Friday 8 October (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Saturday 9 October
  • Block 3: Saturday 9 October to Tuesday 12 October (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Wednesday 13 October
  • Block 4: Wednesday 13 October to Saturday 16 October (inclusive) - i.e. leave the lodge during the day on Sunday 17 October

Please remember, especially new members: When booking make sure that each stay of consecutive nights is made on a separate booking, i.e. has its own booking number. This will save enormous amounts of admin for our already busy Bookings Manager, Jenny Muir, if you want to change your booking.

YOU NOW NEED TO DO YOUR PART AND START TO PLAN:

  • Are family members going to participate in a mountain program?
  • Do you want to be at the lodge for a part of the school holidays?

If so, start thinking about your dates NOW!

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CSC Bunkum #7 2021 - we're open for business!

7 June 2021

The new lodge bookings system is up and running and open for business!  Logon details were sent to all paid up members on Friday.  If you have paid your subscription invoice but haven't received any details, please check your Junk, Spam, or Promotional folders - I've received a couple of reports of email from the new system going into these folders.  If you still can't find your details, please contact me asap.  Remember – if you haven't paid your subs, you can't make bookings!

We have a long list of members who are waiting for a locker or ski rack to become available.  If you currently have access to a locker or ski rack and have not yet paid your subs, you need to do so now to secure it for the 2021 season.

We sadly acknowledge the recent passing of one of Christiania's Life Members, Fred Houtman.  Our thanks for fellow Life Member, Norm Agnew, for the following tribute: 

Vale Fred (Frederik) Houtman
29.12.1934 – 02.05.2021

Christie club members family and friends mourn the passing of an ever enthusiastic foundation member, life member and past president.

Fred emigrated with his family to NZ from Holland when he was eighteen and soon took up a cadetship at the then State Hydro Department in Hamilton as an electrical draughting cadet.

His studies led him to become an electrical engineer and he moved on to work for a large electrical contracting firm Morgan Jenkins Electrical. His next move was to the Waikato Hospital where he stayed until retirement. He could not stay away though and spent many years on public information help desks at the hospital.

Fred was very active in the building of both Iwakau and Tukino lodges earning the nickname of 'Hotman' for his electrical prowess. Fred served and assisted in most committee roles over the years culminating in a term as President. Fred skied as he lived, correctly, precisely, considerately with feet together. Knees bent and back straight. He was often used as an example to children learning to ski - "Watch Mr Houtman. That's how you do it".

Fred was also involved for many years with the Hamilton Operatic Society in many productions as stagehand or Maître D' in front of the house. A rare true gentleman.

Fred is survived by his wife Diana, sons Geoff and Matt, daughter Susie and six grandchildren.

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CSC Bunkum #8 2021 - Winter Events at Whakapapa

22 June 2021

There are so many awesome events planned at Christiania and Mt Ruapehu this year.  Get out your Calendars, mark your dates and make your bookings so that you and your whanau have bunks at the Christiania Ski Club Lodge.  The Christie calendar is here.  Below is some information about our Christiania Events:

Christie Derby (31 July)
The Christiania Derby is a ski race competition between the 50 odd clubs on Ruapehu. It is the oldest and one of the biggest races held on Ruapehu each year. 2021 will be the 63rd Derby. Derby is the first in a series of inter-club races. In previous years it has attracted between 150 and 200 races, and we anticipate that there will be similar numbers this year. This event is competitive, but it is also well patronised due to the fun element. The highlight of the event for many is the Prizegiving Party at the Christie Lodge. This year is shaping up to be a goodie. We have 6 sponsors on board including RAL, Land Rover, Chateau, Mons Royale, BidFoods and Corona. We will also have live music for the night. The Club is looking pretty full but if you're keen, get on the booking system's Wait List and the overflow may be able to go to Aorangi Ski Club. The Derby poster is available here.  And thanks to Vivian Oskam for our new look marketing material! 

The Christie Derby is the first of 5 InterClub Races at Whakapapa. I will be looking at putting together Ski and Snowboard Teams for these events.  If you're interested in racing, it's lots of fun. The Committee generously supports and pays for your entries into these other Club Race Events. The Prizegiving/Parties after these races are great too! So, book in for these weekends and we can ski and then party together.  The dates for these other races are:

  • 14 August: Haensli Cup
  • 28 August: Rangatira Cup
  • 4 September: Tongariro Juniors (this is a fabulous event for the kids)
  • 11 September: Ngauruhoe Cup

Juniors Weekend (7 & 8 August)
Off the success of last year, Juniors Weekend is set to return! For those out of the loop, this weekend is all about improving our junior members skiing, with ski instructors organised, and making friends in the club with games aplenty in the evening for both kids and adults. This weekend is already booked up, but you could possibly get on the Wait List.
We are looking for one more instructor for Juniors Weekend. Are there any clubbies that are/were qualified ski instructors and are available to assist?  Please contact me at clubcaptain@skichristie.co.nz (2 free nights available at the lodge over that weekend)

Men's Few Days (2 & 3 August)  and  Ladies' Few Days (15 to 17 August)
Enjoy great skiing and après ski fun during Men's and Ladies Few Days. Despite Covid and having no Aucklanders, the Ladies Few Days was rejuvenated in 2020 and was a resounding success. Well, I enjoyed it!  "Mates Rates" returns again for 2021.  "Mates Rates" is where Christie Clubbies are welcome to bring their sporty non-member friends, and only pay members rates. This is a great chance to introduce more skiers, and potential members, to our Club but it is also a wonderful chance to ski and socialise with friends and without the kids.
NB. The dates for Ladies Few Days have been chosen specifically to link in with RAL's Ladies Week Ski Program.

Christie Club Races (2 October)
This is a family event where everyone in the Lodge goes up the maunga together and spends a morning racing down between some poles. There's no pressure if you've never raced before but just a friendly supportive environment.  There's a lot at stake to see who's going to be the fastest clubbie but really, it's just a lot of fun cheering everyone on. 

Mt Ruapehu also have a some online resources to help you stay in touch with what's happening over winter - there's an Online CalendarFacebook page and the Events Page from their website. 

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CSC Bunkum #9 2021 - Housekeeping, door code, work party anyone?

June 25 2021

It's starting to feel like winter and we're only 3 weeks away from our first bookings in the lodge, currently July 16.  Pedro and Dallas, our beloved custodians, will take up residence a day or two ahead of this.  I'm excited!

Our new Booking System has now been open for over 3 weeks and we’ve had great feedback from members about how simple it is to use and what an improvement it is over the old system.  We owe a huge thank you to Rik Fisk and Tracey Jones for the mountain of work they’ve put in over the last few months to get this system up and running - muchas gracias amigos!

The school holiday booking restriction period has ended - you are now able to make bookings of more than 4 days, and at any time over the holidays.

Some booking housekeeping:

  • Please ensure you’re familiar with our booking rules 
  • Bookings can only be transferred or cancelled up to 96 hours before your stay.  If you find you’re unable to make your stay less than 96 hours before, please make the booking officer aware of this so bunks can be made available to members who may be on the wait list.
  • Please make sure you enter the names of all your party, along with the ages of all juniors, and that your arrival time is as accurate as possible.  This is important information for the custodians and Party Leader.  Remember, you can edit these details anytime after your booking has been accepted.  
  • Of course, the best laid plans can change – if you find, on the day, you’re going to arrive significantly later than specified, please call the lodge (07-892-3829) to let them know. 
  • Please respond to any request you might receive from our hard working booking officer, Jenny Muir, as soon as possible.  Chasing non-responders increases Jenny’s workload significantly.


The door code has changed
and will be shortly communicated separately to all paid up members by email.

Work Party volunteers required – July 3, 4.  There’s been a bit of maintenance activity going on at the lodge over the last few weeks. Add to this some very high winds that have deposited quite a bit of grit around the place and we find that the lodge is requiring a thorough pre-season clean.  We’re looking for 3 or 4 volunteers to visit the lodge on July 3 and/or 4 to give it a top to bottom wipe down and vacuum.  A good day should do it.  Given that it’s a small group, you’ll need to self cater.  Work party credits will apply for any attendees.  If interested, please let me know asap – membership@skichristie.co.nz

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CSC Bunkum #10 2021 - Here we go!

July 13 2021

Here we go!  Pedro and Dallas are in residence, the fire’s roaring and the Christiania lodge is expecting its first guests for the season this weekend to celebrate a Mountain Mid-Winter Christmas – with a retro vibe – look out for day-glo snow suits and skinny skis!

Our events are going great guns so far this season with Mid Winter Christmas and Juniors Weekend being snapped up in the first couple of days of bookings.  Don’t miss out on Men's Few Days (currently Aug 2 & 3 but see below) and Ladies Few Days (15-17 August) – see Bunkum # 8 for the lowdown on these great events.  Don’t forget you’re able to bring guests at member rates for both of these – simply include your guest in your normal booking and clearly state they’re a Guest in the booking form.

There is a chance that Men's Few Days will be postponed if we haven’t had significant snowfall well before August 2.  We’re currently looking at August 23 and 24 as backup dates and will confirm the final date on July 24.  If we do postpone, and you’ve already made a booking, our new booking system makes it super easy to move your booking to the new date.  Look out for the bunkum on July 24. 

The Christiania Derby is set to run on July 31.  Rachel Ward, our club captain, has done a mountain of work to bring on some great new sponsors and get this event up and running.  The question is – will we make the podium this year …?

While parking restrictions introduced last year have been eased a little, they’ll still be in force for 6 weekends, from 31 July to 5 September.  If you hold a Life Pass or an Anytime Season Pass you DO NOT need to book.  Please make sure you’re familiar with the parking information on the Mt Ruapehu website.  Also - check the road status on their Reports Page before traveling.
Here's where you can find clubbie overnight parking.

We have some new members who have joined in the last couple of months – welcome to:

  • Jenny Farrell from Hamilton
  • Chris Farrell from Hamilton
  • Luke Roguski from Tauranga
  • Michelle Chong and Kyle Linwood, with children Nathaniel, Alexander and Xavier, from Hamilton
  • Jill Ruan and John Deng from Auckland

We’ll look forward to meeting you all up the mountain!

In case you’ve forgotten we have a Facebook page.  Like us to get up to the minute notifications and posts from on the mountain and off.

Don’t forget, you can see all this year’s previous bunkums here

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CSC Bunkum #11 2021 - Mens Few Days postponed, Important parking update for Clubbies

July 27 2021

Apologies, I said I'd confirm Men's Few Days dates on July 24 - I'm late!

Unfortunately, we're still a little thin up top, and I'm not talking about hair.  The decision has been made to postpone Men's Few Days to Monday & Tuesday, August 23 & 24.  If you already have a booking for MFD, you should be able to easily transfer it to the new dates.  Guests at Member rates still applies for the new dates.

For people attending MFD, please be aware that that we have a private group of 15 in the lodge on the Sunday night, August 22.  We would prefer that you arrived at the lodge on Monday August 22.  For those already booked in on the Sunday hoping to get a head start on MFD, please don't scare the guests! 

Don't forget - Ladies Few Days is scheduled for August 15 - 17.  Last year's was a roaring success.  Please contact Rachel at Clubcaptain@skichristie.co.nz if you would like more info on this. 

The recent Mid Winter Christmas weekend was a great success with a full house.  Thanks to Ella Buckley for making this happen - here's a note from Ella:

"Although there was no skiing last weekend, the mid-winter Christmas festivities at Christie were a great way to welcome everyone back for the season. We dressed the club up in true festive colours and waited excitedly for the first roast from the new ovens, but alas, the power cut out just before the potatoes were to go in the oven, so out came the gas stove. Fortunately, the meat was cooked, and the candles were already laid out, so we had a very atmospheric evening. Luckily the power came back on in just time for Santa to visit! Thank you to everyone who made it a fun weekend,  can't wait to see you all again over the season."

***  Important Parking Information   ***

Hot on the heels of my last parking update, changes have been made to clubbie requirements.  If using overnight parking on weekends between July 31 and September 5, you will need to use the new Club/Lodge Portal to book your space.  Note - this includes Life and Season Pass holders.  You'll need the club PIN to access the system - I will email this to all people with bookings in the next day. It doesn't appear to be an onerous process and, thankfully, isn't subject to the Wednesday release of weekend day parking spaces.

Here is the information provided to us by RMCA - please make sure you're familiar with it:

Important information for the Club/Lodge Portal (for use at Iwikau Village only):

  • Bookable parking should run for only six weekends during 2021: between July 31st and September 5th. This may change if the region moves to COVID Alert Level 2 or higher. 
  • Club members staying overnight (including life and season pass holders) will need to book for every night of their stay during the bookable period/s. (ie book for both Friday and Saturday nights if arriving on Friday, this means you are booked for both Saturday and Sunday). 
  • Clubs will be provided with a PIN login to access the Club/Lodge booking system. Note, the PIN will be subject to change should any part of the portal be misused. If this occurs, clubs will be updated. We suggest that the PIN be provided only to club members who have confirmed their accommodation. 
  • Club members will be able to book ahead of their planned stay by using the Club/Lodge portal. This is an improvement on last year as the club/lodge portal is not subject to the Wednesday releases that the main bookable system is.  
  • Club members will need to book even if they plan to arrive on the Friday night so that they can arrive through the control point in the morning should their evening arrival be delayed for any reason.  
  • If club members cancel/change their accommodation booking, they should also cancel/change their car park booking. 
  •  For club members visiting the Turoa Ski Field; you will need to book a day park using the main RAL public booking system. The Club/Lodge Portal does not apply to Turoa. 
  • The PIN for your club is available only via your club booking officer when your accommodation is confirmed. (NB - We're working through this and hope to have the PIN included on booking confirmation emails soon.  Existing booking holders will have the PIN emailed shortly)
  • Please keep your Club PIN confidential. Do not post the PIN on social media or web site. RMCA emphasises that the club/lodge portal is a trial and although the new portal for clubs has tried to cater for as much practicality as possible, we know that improvements may be needed. We ask that club committees encourage their club members to respect and embrace the new system as a trial and provide feedback via their club committee. 

As usual, please make sure you're familiar with the parking information on the Mt Ruapehu website.  Also - check the road status on their Reports Page before traveling.  Here's where you can find clubbie overnight parking.

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CSC Bunkum #12 2021 - Ladies Few Days, Juniors wrap, Booking System bug

13 August 2021

Finally we've had a bit of snow and the mountain's starting to look like it should.

A reminder that Ladies Few Days is next week, 15 to 17 August.   It was fabulous last year - no kids, delicious food and drinks, cool friends, and great skiing.  There's still plenty of space at the lodge over those dates and remember, you can take guests at members rates.  C'mon ladies - treat yourselves ...

Men's Few Days will run on 23 & 24 August. Hopefully the Snow gods will dump again for the Men's shenanigans.  Once again, still plenty of space, but this won't last I'm sure.  And again, guests at member rates - don't miss out!

If you love to ski fast come down every second weekend for the Inter-Club Races.

  • 14 August: Haensli Cup (that's this weekend!)
  • 28 August: Rangatira Cup
  • 4 September: Tongariro Juniors
  • 11 September: Ngauruhoe Cup 
  • 2 October: Christie Club Races

Contact Rachel Ward for more details: clubcaptain@skichristie.co.nz

Check out the Juniors Weekend photos on the Christie Facebook page - here's a wrap from Ella Buckley: 
What an awesome Juniors Weekend we've just had!! Despite the weather we managed to fit in some skiing, dancing, jump building, igloo making, avalanche transceiver training and GAMES!! Thank you to all the Juniors who are the best clubbies in my opinion 😉. Also thank you to the parents for joining in the fun, Matt and Georgia for instructing and more, and most importantly thanks to Pedro and Dallas for being the best custodians on the Mountain!! Hope to see you all again along with a few extra friends next year, until then have fun skiing this season and try putting those phones and iPads away in evenings every now and then.

Booking System Bug - there's currently a bug in our booking system that is affecting updates to existing lodge bookings.  If you try to edit the Booking Form page of your booking (say to change your time of arrival, add or change requirements information etc) the Update button remains inactive and you're unable to save your changes.  This fault has been logged with the software provider and we've asked it is attended to urgently. Until this is resolved, if you need to make changes to the Booking Form and are unable to save them, please let our Booking Officer, Jenny Muir, know the required changes by email, bookings@skichristie.co.nz – make sure you include your Booking ID. 

A couple of notes about bookings:

  • By default you're unable to cancel, transfer or edit a booking within 96 hours of your stay.  If you want to edit your booking in any way within the 96 hours (to update names, arrival time etc), you'll need to do this via Jenny, bookings@skichristie.co.nz
  • If you wish to make a change to your arrival time on the day of arrival, please phone the lodge directly on 07 892 3829.

If you've been using the booking system, we'd love to receive feedback on how you're finding it - good or bad, please let me know.

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CSC Bunkum #13 2021 - Covid Alert Level 4

17 August 2021

Well, we're back to Covid Alert Level 4 for at least the next 3 days, Auckland and Coromandel for the next 7.  A quick bit of information for members with bookings that may be affected by this:

  • Under Level 4, the Christiania Lodge is effectively closed to members, guests and visitors.
  • If you are forced to cancel a booking due to alert levels and lockdowns, you will be able to either transfer your booking or receive a refund - the 4 day non cancellation rule will be waived in this case.  You will need to liaise with Jenny Muir, bookings@skichristie.co.nz, for refunds, and any booking transfers within the 4 day window.
  • Jenny will be in touch with all members who have bookings in the next 7 days in the next couple of days.

I'll convey any further information regarding access to the lodge as it comes to hand - watch this space.

Let's hope "hard and fast" does the trick.

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CSC Bunkum #14 2021 - lodge open in Level 2, RAL events cancelled

7 September 2021

I hope you've all survived the last few weeks of lockdown and our Auckland members are bearing up ok with their Level 4 extension - hopefully those numbers will continue to fall and you'll be back to normal life soon. 

With a move to Alert Level 2 Whakapapa opens again on Wednesday September 8, but with capacity restrictions.  Keep your eye on their Facebook page for updates on this. 

At Level 2 the lodge is able to operate normally, with appropriate social distancing and hygiene practices.  Pedro and Dallas are already back in residence preparing to host a school group from Te Awamutu Intermediate over the next couple of days.  As the saying goes, there's no rest for the wicked ... 

We adhere to public health guidelines and may implement extra measures as required to run the lodge safely.  Party Leaders will be advised of any extra requirements and will communicate these to members and guests in the lodge. For now the main points are: 
  • If you're feeling unwell please don't come to the lodge.
  • If you develop symptoms while you're at the lodge, please report to the Party Leader.  You will be asked to leave the lodge as soon as is practically possible.
  • Refunds – you will be eligible for a refund within the 96 hour period if you cancel your visit due to illness, or develop symptoms at the lodge and are required to leave.  If you arrive at the lodge with symptoms and are asked to leave, you will not be eligible for a refund.
  • Guest bookings are welcome at Level 2 but please don't bring casual visitors into the lodge.
  • Where possible, keep bunkroom occupancy to 2 unless everyone is from the same family or bubble.
  • We encourage you to wear a face covering when you cannot maintain physical distance from others.

Unfortunately Mt Ruapehu (RAL) have cancelled all their on mountain events for the rest of the 2021 season.  We received this communication from the head of Mt Ruapehu Events a few days ago:
"... Due to the number of people involved in most of our events, we would be unable to hold these at Alert Level 2. We would need to be at Alert Level 1 for these events to be successful.  Given the uncertainty around Covid-19 and Alert Levels, in particular, the likelihood of reaching Alert Level 1 before the season ends - we have made the very difficult decision to cancel all events for the rest of the season.
We have made the call to cancel, as opposed to postponing, as the spring snow conditions are less ideal and not conducive to holding these events. This decision has been made with participant, spectator and staff health and safety in mind..."

This includes interclub events like the Ngauruhoe Cup, the North Island Masters and Secondary School Ski Champs.  It's very sad given the amount of work that will already have gone into these events.  Maybe next year ... 
However we may still be able to run the Christiania Club Races on an informal basis on October 3 - watch this space.

On the positive side, we're all looking forward to getting back up the hill with lots of snow and all facilities working.  I hope our Auckland friends can join us very soon.

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CSC Bunkum #15 2021 - Lodge closed, end of season work party, AGM

20 October 2021

I'm sad to say we've been forced to close the lodge early this year, a week ahead of schedule.  After Monday's Level 3 extension for Auckland and Hamilton all our remaining bookings for the season cancelled.  Add to this rapidly warming weather and deteriorating snow conditions and the committee has decided to cut its losses and close up early.  The lodge is now only available for off-season visits - see below.  

Pedro and Dallas are back at sea level in Whangamata. Thanks guys for all your work over the season, for feeding us, making us feel welcome, and for taking this year's Covid complexities in your stride.  See you next year!

The end of season work party is scheduled for Saturday & Sunday, Nov 20 & 21.  This is where we put the lodge to bed for summer - a big clean up with a few maintenance jobs thrown in.  While there's lots to do for younger members at the pre-season work party, the November work party is better suited to Seniors, or older juniors.  Remember this will credit your 2022 work party levy - $190 per senior member.  Those that haven’t done a work party, please volunteer - the weekend will need at least 8 - 10 people to run.  Please register your interest with me - membership@skichristie.co.nz   Please note that, in this Covid environment, the work party date may be subject to change at short notice.  Remember, it took us 3 attempts to finally get to the pre season work party earlier in the year! 

Club races were held on October 2, a perfect Spring day.  In a break from tradition, this year's race was an all-in Le Mans style standing start to a race to the bottom - i.e. ready, set, go like hell!  Huge fun, some unsubstantiated reports of interference and no injuries!  Congratulation to Matt Holcroft on taking the chequered flag.  Come to AGM for the full breakdown of awards.  You can see Rachel Ward's pictures of the day on our Facebook page.

The 2021 Christiania Annual General Meeting and Prizegiving will be held in Hamilton on Thursday November 25.  If Hamilton is still affected by Covid restrictions at that time the meeting will be either postponed or held online.  I’ll send a further email closer to the time containing links to the meeting Agenda, 2021 Financial Report, President’s Report and other relevant documents, and confirming the meeting venue and times.  

One item on the AGM agenda will be the election of the Club Committee.  We're always looking for new faces to get involved with the running and organisation of the club - it's vital that the committee has a diverse representation of the club membership to represent your interests.  We currently have two vacancies on the general committee and a vacant Secretary position.  If you would like more information on what's involved, feel free to contact me or one of our current committee members.  If you’re seeking nomination, please complete the 2022 nomination form and send it to secretary@skichristie.co.nz before November 11.

Don’t forget, members are also able to use the lodge through summer.  With so much to do in the Ruapehu region it’s a great accommodation option - $25 each per night for a minimum of two people.   Book in the normal way via the Booking system - you'll see a Summer Bookings item, in fact that's now all you'll see until we open up for next winter.

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