The first race of the National Championships was to start on the 29th August with a giant slalom however after 10cm of fresh snow overnight, it was postponed to the following day. Blue skies, frosty morning; warm-up hike to the start gate and we were good to go, racing on Out Wide at Coronet Peak. A few challenging sections with the new soft snow as well as a definite lack of snow in other parts caused a few problems but I was pleased to take out the National GS Champion trophy with team mates Nick Prebble and Willis Feasey on the podium.
The slalom race was on Race Arena which was very challenging. Over half the field came out in the first run and just 22 of the 67 starters completed the race. I made a few mistakes and lost a bit of time but managed to pick up the trophy as first New Zealander. Top two at the end of the day where Michael Matt, Austria and Dave Ryding, GBR.
Thanks to all who support and sponsor me and the NZ Team – Head, POC, XTM, Komperdell, Avoca, One Square Meals, Jucy Rentals, NZSki.com, The Roofbox Company, Wanaka Ski Club, Community Trust of Southland, Skeggs Foundation, Alpine Health & Fitness, Atlas, Merrell and Coberger Academy.