Snow Farm celebrates its 30th year

Pictured: Sam Lee (operations manager) and Mary Lee (co-founder and snow shepherd) preparing to toast to the occasion.

Last weekend Snow Farm NZ teamed up with Wanaka Biathlon Club, Aspiring Avalanche Dogs and Waiorau Nordic Sports Club to celebrate its 30th year in operation. 

Snow Farm NZ, which is New Zealand’s home of cross-country skiing, hosted a bumper crop of fun activities along with a 4km farm ski for those who already know how to Nordic ski. 

The activities included biathlon demos, avalanche dog displays, chocolate fish races, tandem ski relays and a book signing for co-founder of Snow Farm NZ, John Lee – The Snow Farmer by Sally Rae.

Together with a speech, toast and playful sheep mascot, the winner of Snow Farm NZ’s recent primary school students’ colouring competition was also announced and its brand-new PistenBully 400 snow groomer unveiled. As a result of winning this competition, kindly supported by Four Square Wanaka, six-year-old Lochie Pope from Hāwea Flat School has officially dubbed the new groomer ‘Geoff’ and received a free ski experience for her family and entire school class.

Sales manager Pip Gillespie says, “It was awesome to see so many families up the mountain not only revelling in the celebrations, but also the wonderfully fluffy snow that had laid within the previous few days.”

Ski instructor Herb Holden says: “It was surely the most beautiful day we’ve had so far this year. We’re lucky.”


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