A week of fun in the snow

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Some of the participants who took part in last year's Southland Ski Club's Ski Week at Coronet Peak during the July school holidays. Photo: Supplied

APPLICATIONS are now being taken for the popular Ski Week being held in the July school holidays.

Southland Ski Club spokeswoman Nikki Crossan said the club organised the event to give those aged 10-18 years the opportunity to learn or up-skill how to ski or snowboard, with the added bonus of being able to stay on Coronet Peak at the club’s lodge.

“During ski weeks, children are arranged into groups, according to their ability, for ski or snowboard lessons and New Zealand Ski provides the club with special rates for lift passes, lessons and gear hire (if required),” Mrs Crossan said.

After a day out in the elements, skiing, snowboarding and having fun, the students return to the warm lodge, where hot showers, meals and evening activities are available.

Mrs Crossan said because of the generous amount of time the instructors spent with each student throughout the week, “real progress” was generally seen with their skiing or snowboarding abilities.

“By the end of the week, the children are able to really progress… through spending a full day, each day, in lessons, generally with the same group and instructor, as opposed to just an hour or two if done privately.”

But it was not all hard work and learning, she said.

“As a bonus, the students also enjoyed the social aspects of ski weeks, with some having attended every year from the age of 10 until they leave school at 18.”

The fully equipped lodge on Department of Conservation-leased land at Coronet Peak was also available for members as well as school and community groups during the ski season outside of ski weeks.

With a growing membership base, bookings were filling up this winter, she said.

Ski Week applications are now being taken and close on May 31.

Because of limited spaces, it would be on a first-in, first-served basis.

For more information and Ski Week application forms, visit www.southlandskiclub.org.nz

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