Warm weather means luge track remains closed

Children attending the Naseby Luge Camp resorted to practising on the Maniototo Ice Rink as the luge track remains closed due to weather conditions.

New Zealand Luge president Geoff Balme hoped the group would be able to open at least one third of the luge this week.

Geoff Balme.
Geoff Balme.

He described finally getting out on the winter luges as ''exhilarating''.

Maniototo Ice Rink chairman Jock Scott said the season so far had been ''hugely frustrating'' because of warm weather but it was great to see children on the ice with the luge - an improvement from Monday.

Mr Balme also gave an update on the Naseby summer luge project. It was decided on Monday the project would be scaled back due to cost and a proposed tunnel would not be constructed.

The Summer Luge Trust was now planning to fundraise $80,000 instead of $90,000 and already had just over $65,000.

The trust had applied to the New Zealand Lotteries Commission for $15,000 after an application to the commission for $40,000 was unsuccessful.

The Naseby winter season continues with an ice dance on Saturday and an ice camp next week.

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