Chantel Smith

I like to snowboard as much as possible! I'm found most weekends on the slopes of Ruapehu.

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opening weekend, Taranaki

Posted on Monday June 24th at 10:37 a.m.

With snow all over the central NI teasing the taste buds, we headed west to Taranaki to the only open ski area, Manganui.

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NGĀ WAI HEKE chair opens

Posted on Tuesday July 10th at 11:05 a.m.

NGĀ WAI HEKE refers to the cascading waters that descend in close proximity to this chairlift. These waterways help form the Mangaturuturu and Magateitei Streams that are part of the Whangaehu catchment.

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Making Everyday Count

Posted on Monday July 25th at 11:30 a.m.

It is weekend forecasts like the one just gone that have the weekend warriors wondering... is it worth the risk???

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weekend warriors get the goods

Posted on Monday July 18th at 2:40 p.m.

... after almost 2 weeks of stormy snowy conditions, Ruapehu's weekend warriors were treated to good times for the first weekend of the school holidays...

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here comes the snow

Posted on Monday June 27th at 9:30 a.m.

More snow on the ground at Ruapehu and this lot should stick around.

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shoulda been here yesterday

Posted on Tuesday August 3rd at 9:37 a.m.

yeah yeah, ok

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fun times at Turoa

Posted on Wednesday July 21st at 9:54 a.m.

The Fischer Retro GS and the last sunny day of the school holidays.

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winter holidays

Posted on Wednesday July 14th at 4:48 p.m.

On Monday I called "a bluebird day" and didn't return to work, making it a long cold weekend and 3 sunny days at Turoa.

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High Noon Express has opened!

Posted on Tuesday July 6th at 6:12 p.m.

Just a tad earlier than the earliest estimate it's now running. Well done everyone involved with the tower 9 repair.

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Posted on Monday June 28th at 7:00 p.m.

but it's been snowing... have faith people more snow will come!

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