90th birthday for Mt Cheeseman

Oldest and youngest members of Mt Cheeseman Ski Club Bruce Alexander, 87, and Theodore Hinman, 5,...
Oldest and youngest members of Mt Cheeseman Ski Club Bruce Alexander, 87, and Theodore Hinman, 5, cut the cake at the 90th birthday party.
Mt Cheeseman ski club is celebrating its 90th birthday and being the oldest in the South Island.

The club held a birthday party and retro ski day to mark the occasion last week.

Club member Bruce Alexander, 87, said he remembers starting out at Mt Cheeseman.

“The first time I came up to Cheeseman the club was 16-years-old and I was 13-years-old. I came with the Britten family. Mrs Britten was the sister of Allen Giles.”

Allen Giles, a Hokianga farmer, on holiday at Castle Hill in the winter of 1929, explored the area which is now the Mt Cheeseman Ski Area.

This led to the formation of the Canterbury Winter Sports Club in 1929, now known as Mt Cheeseman Ski Club.

To mark the occasion a cake was cut by the oldest and youngest members of the club present on the day, Bruce Alexander and Theodore Hinman, 5.

The ski area is open to the public and offers both groomed slopes and off-piste terrain. It is located on Mt Cockayne, it is named after Mt Cheeseman which is slightly further along the range.

The club is selling a range of 90th anniversary memorabilia including its book 75 years on Cockayne.