Club celebrates four decades of snowsports

Pictured: Stacey and Jossi Wells, Wānaka's most famous snowsports athlete. He and his three siblings are all Olympians.

Wānaka Ski and Snowsports will celebrate 40 years of its existence on June 15 with an exciting event at the Lake Wānaka Centre, starting at 7pm.

Renowned raconteur and Coast to Coast founder Robyn Judkins will describe in his inimitable fashion an early Treble Cone story, local rock band Cemetery Road will play, and an archive of footage and photos will be displayed.

The archive will include  footage of the building of the road up to Treble Cone and will be collated along with photos of original club members when it was still called the Wānaka Ski Club. “Face Plant”, a send-up of TV programmes of the time and which was screened at the then Barrows Tavern, will also be part of the archive.

The club, started by a small group of skiing enthusiasts four decades ago, has produced many world-class athletes, including Olympians and X-Games medallists. Several local families are now third-generation snowsports participants and still enjoy the founding members’ original dream of ensuring families could learn the skills to adventure together in our mountains.

A small snowsports-oriented silent auction will help raise funds for young snowsports athletes. This event has been enabled by Queenstown Lakes District Council with auction items included from Treble Cone, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Wairau Nordic Area, WINED and Harris Mountain Heli Ski.

Food will be provided and tickets can be purchased from local snowsports shops Racers Edge/Torpedo7 and Outside Sports.

For families, from 4pm-5.30pm the 52 WSSC 2019 Grassroots Awards recipients will receive their certificates at their BBQ presentation in the Armstrong Room of the Lake Wānaka Centre. Sam Lee, ex-ski racer and local Freeride World Tour competitor, who also coaches Freeride at Treble Cone, will present the certificates to the children. Each child receives $300 towards their coaching costs.


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