Club Activities

Alpine Sports Club is a Tramping, Skiing and Mountaineering club based in Auckland New Zealand. The club offers a range of activities to suit anyone with an interest in the great outdoors, from family friendly camping events to advanced climbing adventures.

The range of club activities include:-

  • Regular weekend and day tramping, most weekends
  • Tramping and climbing from the lodges, summer & winter
  • Skiing & Ski Touring from the club lodges in winter
  • Alpine Instruction & Ski instruction
  • Biking Trips (road and mountain bike)
  • Instruction Courses (navigation, trip planning, risk management, gear & food etc.)
  • Camping at Christmas and some holiday weekends
  • Sea Kayaking and occasional caving
  • Family Activities centered on the club facilities in the Waitakeres and at Ruapehu
  • Club night presentation & get together each month
  • Above all, companionship

We cater for all ages, veterans, midis down to youths. Families are particularly welcome.

Family Activities

Families are very welcome at Alpine sports Club. The club has a vigorous family program that includes trips to places of interest, picnic days at a regional or local reserve, tramps that younger children and their parents can manage and a family camp at Christmas that often has more than 150 members, all camping together with organized activities and trips..

The club has two lodges at Ruapehu. Children over 3 years old are welcome at the lodges and one of the lodges is often dedicated to families. There is a great deal of support, especially during the school holidays.

The Ruapehu Lodges make a great place to have a holiday or even just an active weekend during the summer to enjoy the tracks and activities organized by the parks board at Tongariro National Park. If you have older children, try staying at the hut and doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing by catching the track shuttle bus from the Chateau car park.

The club has a very well appointed lodge in the Waitakere ranges about 1 hours drive from the city centre and 10 minutes walk from a secure car park. The lodge is very popular with members and their families and provides excellent access to the track system of the Waitakere Ranges.

The club runs instruction courses in bushcraft, snowcraft, beginner ski instruction. We also run bushcraft weekends especially for children and parents from the club lodge in the Waitakere Ranges. Its fun and mostly social. A great chance to get away into pleasant surroundings with the children. Have a look at the Photo Gallery page to see what we do.

The club has a vigorous tours program of tramping trips of all types from easy day trips in local ranges to multi day trips further afield including the South Island. The tours program includes climbing instruction, kayaking and Kayak safety instruction, cycle touring and mountain biking and even occasional caving trips

With such wide range of activities available, family members can take advantage as they mature and develop specific interests in the outdoors.

Skiing

Alpine Sports Club has two ski lodges on Mt Ruapehu. The club first constructed the smaller Ruapehu Hut on a prominent ridge overlooking the Top of the Bruce in 1950 with extensions added in 1956, 1962 and 1976. The original hut slept 12 people in a single room. The modern hut sleeps 20 and has full modern facilities including hot showers and electric heating. The Ruapehu Hut is used to accommodate the club's Mountain craft courses and to accommodate the additional demand during organised club activity weekends including ski instruction, mountain craft instruction, sports weekends and social activities.

The Ruapehu Hut may be rented for weekend and mid week to schools and approved groups for ski and mountain craft activities.

In 1964, Alpine Sports Club built the A Frame Lodge 50 metres further up the ridge from the Ruapehu Hut. Much larger and with modern facilities the A Frame Lodge has been the mainstay of Alpine Sports Clubs Ski activities on the mountain. The A Frame Lodge was extensively upgraded in 1996 to provide improved bunk rooms and an improved dining and social facility. Both lodges comply with all accommodation and safety regulations applying to the mountain.

The A Frame Lodge is available to club members and their guests for normal ski activities and organised club weekends. The A Frame Lodge is also an excellent base for tramping and climbing in the Tongariro National Park outside of the ski season and during the summer holidays.

Accommodation at the huts is available through an internet booking system. There is a late booking and cancellation system available to members during specified times. Food is provided for breakfast and dinner and members must bring their own fresh bread and some specified vegetables. Hut duties are rostered, including the cooking. Mattresses, pillows and some duvets are provided but guests are required to bring their own sleeping bag and pillow case

Tramping

The club runs regular day and weekend tramping trips to the local and Northland ranges and as far afield as the Ureweras, Kaimais, Coromandels, Ruahines, Kawekas, Kaimanawas and Tongariro National Park. During the Christmas break there are regular tramping trips to the South Island and Stewart Island.

Alpine Sports Club runs regular Alpine Instruction, general mountain and bushcraft skills courses, ski instruction and ski touring (ski mountaineering) courses.

Each Christmas there is a very popular camp at a suitable site for tramping and summer water sports. The site is usually away from the major camping areas, available only to club members.

Instruction Courses

Alpine Sports Club runs a Snowdrift Course each winter. Check the Upcoming Events page for details.

Mountaincraft is the skill of being able to travel safely in dangerous places in the mountains. At its extreme is Alpine climbing, a huge adrenalin rush, fantastic scenery and teamwork based on preserving each other's life.

For most people it is the skill necessary to enjoy the mountains safely and includes such skills as :-

  • Assessment of weather and snow conditions
  • Climbing skills to tackle obstacles & travel safely
  • Navigation in poor visibility or unfamiliar terrain
  • Skiing and ski touring (skins and touring bindings in NZ)
  • Gear and food planning
  • Trip and route planning

If you want to step out into the mountains, move up to alpine climbing or be more adventurous with your skiing then this is the series of courses you should consider.

This year there will be 1 weekend on Mt Ruapehu learning basic snowcraft and climbing skills combined with a series of opportunities to put the whole package into practice on Ruapehu and later in the year, on some real mountains.

The snowcraft course is an introductory level course intended for trampers and others interested in gaining skills, confidence and experience in alpine conditions. The course runs over one weekend at the Clubs’ Ruapehu Hut a few minutes walk from the Top of the Bruce road end at Iwikau Village, Whakapapa. You should also be available for one Wednesday theory night.

There are no particular minimum requirements for attendees. Participants need a good level of fitness and to have clothing and equipment suitable for alpine weather conditions and prolonged exposure. We will spend a full day on the mountain - good clothing is important.

The course covers:

  • Movement on snow
  • Ice axe and crampon technique and use
  • Self arresting on snow
  • Safe terrain selection
  • Snow shelters and construction
  • Basic use of avalanche equipment

Joining ASC

Details for joining the club can be found on the Joining ASC page.

For more information, contact Paul Lyon on 09 521 8374 to discuss the club and what it has to offer. You can use the contact link on the top menu bar or email the club at email@alpinesport.org.nz