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The club runs an annual SKI and SNOWBOARDING championship. The event takes place two years out of three from the club ski lodge near Mt Ruapehu in the North Island, and then the third year takes place in the South Island.
Competitors of all skill levels are encouraged and welcome.
The event is normally held at the end of August or early September and runs for three days. If time, weather and finances allow, training is included before the main races, the Slalom and Giant Slalom. A Skiier/Boarder cross event can conclude racing. There is normally time for plenty of free riding around these events.
32nd Police Association Ski and Snowboard Champs 2017
Well what a successful couple of days with perfect blue skies and great company. Numbers were down a little this year with only around 25 competitors and other interested parties descending on Ohakune and Raetihi townships and the Turoa ski field.
A bulk of people stayed at the Police Ski Club situated in Raetihi. This is a great place to base yourself whether for skiing/boarding or tramping, mountain biking and the many other activities around the area. It sleeps around 40, has a large kitchen, drying room and custodian (Shelley) on site. It is available to Police staff and friends all year around. See www.nzpsc.comfor further.
The sun was out on the Tuesday and Wednesday (29th and 30th August) providing ideal conditions.
Day 1 (Tuesday) started with a standard Giant Slalom which proved a little challenging due to the slightly glossy surface. Some old stalwarts of the event came through to take out their various categories: Mark Farrell (Open skier), Nigel Allan (40s plus skier), John Daunton (50s plus skier), Katie Smith (Open skier), Sue Moult (40s plus skier), Garry Learmonth (Open boarder), Russell Bell (40s plus boarder) and Lisa Hogan of Ohakune taking out the open women’s boarder.
There were a couple of lads new to the event who will definitely be the ones to watch for in the future. Karl Harrison (skier) and Andre Kavanagh (boarder) had never been through a course before but posted very competitive times. The future is good for them.
Again people were breaking out the sunblock for Day 2 (Wednesday). What a cracker! A more user friendly course was set up with a long flowing course with ‘gates’ set a little further apart. While you only had to complete two runs through to get a combined time for placings, people returned for a third and fourth run through just for the experience and fun of it. The first place getters in the skiing from the previous day managed to hold on to their rankings, but were pushed hard by Dean Eteveneaux and Scott Pitkethley (Open skier) and Paul Donaldson (40s plus and very quick through on day 2) along with Tony Tamatea.
The open boarders had a change of the guard from the previous day with Jonathan Pierce pipping Ryan Palmer for honours. The open male boarders made up a good competitive group also including Jeremy Stewart, Peter Van’tWout and Rene Rakete (my pick to look out for next year).
The open women’s boarders also had a close field with Amy Weston and Jessie Beckett pushing Lisa hard.
One thing is for sure about this event, it is for anyone with an intermediate or above skiing or boarding ability who wants to come and have a good time. You don’t have to have raced before. It’s all about having fun and getting to know others from around the country.
Some of the lads managed also attend the Winter Games in Rotorua. Karl and Andre went up on Thursday morning for the downhill mountain biking event while Mark and Scott made up a team and did well in the run/cross country mountain bike/run rogaine event on Friday morning in the Redwood Forest.
I never get tired of thanking Police Sport and the Police Association for enabling the event to happen. There is no doubt this and other events wouldn’t happen without their financial assistance.
Last but not least, a special thanks must be given to Aron Roberts and his staff from the Turoa events team and Debbie Thomson from Ruapehu Alpine Lifts for her support and organisation.
The Hamilton snowboard lads fronted by Jeremy Stewart will run next year’s event.
See you then!
Over all winners
Mark Farrell – Men’s skiing
Kate Smith – Women’s skiing
Garry Learmonth – Men’s boarding
Lisa Hogan – Women’s boarding
Since 1991 the club has owned it's own Ski Lodge. Situated at 35 Queen St, Raetihi, only 10 kilometers from Ohakune and in close proximity to the Mt Ruapehu Ski Fields, this 48 bed lodge rates highly in terms of amenities and is a great place to stay. With 12 separate bedrooms, a drying room and a well appointed kitchen and large lounge members and guests are able to relax in comfortable surroundings at minimal cost.
Large gravel car park can hold over 20 vehicles.
Each bed has a winter weight duvet & pillow supplied. Bring your own sheets or sleeping bag and pillow case.
Large and roomy with log fire or heather. Includes TV, DVD Player, Radio, books and some games.
Fully equipped with 2 stoves, 3 fridges, microwave etc
Washing machine and board
Very large, just off foyer
Ski Workshop Basic
Bring your own iron and wax etc
The lodge is fully carpeted and there is a no shoes no smoking policy.
For all bookings
Contact Custodian: Gail
Phone/Fax 06 385 4003
Winter $20 Adult, $10 child (under 15 years old)
Summer $10 Adult, $5 child (under 15 years old)
Winter $30 Adult, $15 child (under 15 years old)
Summer $20 Adult, $10 child (under 15 years old)
Children under 5 are free.
4 Rooms 1 double + 1 set of bunks
5 Rooms 2 single + 1 set of bunks
1 Room 1 single + 1 set of bunks
1 Room 1 single