Where you find the Competitive and Adventurous
The Wanaka Ski Club was first mooted in 1978 by a group of Treble Cone enthusiasts to provide the opportunity for locals and families to “promote an active ski club at Treble Cone with the basic aims of promoting skiing and all the ancillary benefits of skiing in our area e.g. friendship, social activities , tuition and racing.”
This quote is from 1st Nov 1978 correspondence between Heather Ronald , Secretary for proposed Ski Club and the Secretary for Treble Cone Ski Field.
In April 1979 the Wanaka Ski Club was formalised at the Kingsway Café with “approx 90 people present”. It has morphed over the years, along with the development of snowsports equipment and styles, to emerge as Wanaka Ski and Snowsports Club.
Many of the current members snowboard, heli ski and ride fat rocker skis but know very little about what the club was like in 79 , the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s. Hot dogging, nut crackers, powder eights comps and crayfish bbq’s are not seen these days by the club members on mountain although former members continue to talk about the halcyon early days of the Wanaka Ski club at Treble Cone.
In the early days Cardrona had its own ski club. With both mountains offering excellent different skiing and boarding opportunities to Wanaka and Upper Clutha residents, it made sense for Cardrona Ski Club to amalgamate with Wanaka Ski Club in 1992.
The present Wanaka Ski and Snowsports club members continue to enjoy on snow days at both Cardrona and Treble Cone alpine ski areas and the Snowfarm nordic area.
Our current membership is in excess of 450 members, including over 150 children