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North Island Secondary School Ski Champs

When : 9 a.m. Mon, 15th - Wed, 17th September 2014
Where : Turoa


The competition is an annual team event hosted by Ruapehu College on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu. An invitation is extended to all interested secondary schools. The management reserves the right to limit entries to a manageable level although to date no team has been refused entry. The majority of entries are from North Island schools although some from the South Island have entered previously.

Any South Island entries compete evenly but do not qualify for the major trophies. The races for 2014 will again be held on the
Turoa Skifield.

The courses will be set for successful completion by intermediate skiers who may have had no previous experience with gates. In 2012 junior races were held on "Yahoo", senior races on "Branchline" and the freestyle section was in the terrain park all on Turoa Skifield.

Actual race sites on Turoa for 2013 are yet to be confirmed. A large range of skier ability is evident each year, ranging from apparent complete beginner to top New Zealand skiers.

Helmets are compulsory whilst competing.

The 17th September is the contingency date.


History of the Competition

Ruapehu College is well known among many other schools for its hosting of, and usual high placing in, the North Island Secondary Schools Skiing Competition and commencing in 1997, the North Island Snowboard Competition.

Starting with an idea by then staff member Alan Graham in 1980, seven schools competed in what was a successful competition.

With current staff continuing on the co-ordination of the event it has grown to the stage where well over 100 schools participate. It is the largest skiing event in the Southern Hemisphere and probably the biggest single competition organised by one college.

Nearly all staff and several students have an input.

Making the College team is quite a feat with several top skiers having come through the college.


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