27 March 2013Loads of volunteer work has been carried out since the end of last season, so look forward to more improvements! More road upgrades, lodge and building makeovers, main tow tweaking and even a rumour of the ridge tow being ready to run this season!
Awakino Skifield - Waitaki Ski Club
The Awakino Ski Field is a friendly and affordable club-operated skifield situated high in the St Marys Range near Kurow in the Waitaki Valley. The field is situated in a sunny, north-facing valley with fantastic views over the Waitaki Valley and Hakataramea. It boasts one and a half high-speed rope tows, queues are unheard of and a busy day means more than 10 people.
It is renowned for its deep wind-blown powder, fantastic terrain suiting all abilities, and its pioneering spirit. Amongst all the club fields in New Zealand, Awakino best represents skiing as it first began. It has been described as a timeless place, and gliding down admist the white gulleys and rock towers of Glacier Basin on a good day, with the distant rattle of a rope tow pulley on the ridge above, it feels like just that. There is extensive ski-touring on the ranges just beyond the ski field boundaries and endless untracked powder just waiting to be found.
The field has a well-equipped 35 bunk main lodge for overnight stays. The lodge is a perfect mountain getaway for groups, and can be booked for exclusive use for functions when available. During the summer, Awakino is a great place for walking and mountain-biking groups and the lodge is available for these activities if booked.
2012 prices can be found on the prices page.
The Lister Generator:
Powering Awakino for over 70 years
The field is normally open most weekends from July to October. Long weekends may operate when the snow conditions are good and club members are available. Information about accessing the field is available here.
The Waitaki Ski Club welcomes membership from those people with a long-term commitment to club skiing and the Awakino field. Membership fees are modest, but every able-bodied member is expected to contribute to work parties.