Wanaka Tech Series

The start of the season has definitely had some challenging weather and snow conditions.  The first races of the season were to be the Wanaka Tech Series with two days at Cardrona and two days at Treble Cone from 31st July – 5th August, unfortunately these have been postponed.  After a lot of heavy rain, warm temperatures and gale force winds the only race completed was one women’s slalom at Cardrona.  Fortunately the temperatures have dropped considerably and we’ve had a slight top up of fresh snow together with many snow guns blazing so training at Coronet Peak is still going well.

Bodie Miller

Bode Miller on Easy Rider, Rocky Gully

We have been sharing the slopes with some of the American team including Bode Miller and Mikaela Shiffrin.  Some good double training blocks at Rocky Gully of GS and slalom.

Race Arena, Rocky Gully

Easy Rider, Rocky Gully    Wakatipu

With Luc Chevalier    Rocky Gully

2014 NZ Season Underway

It’s been awhile – had a tiny break from the Ski Life after Europe and the past two months I have been concentrating on fitness with the start of on-snow training a little delayed due to lack of snow but it’s all go now.  All sorts of crazy weather but we have finally had a good cold spell and even though a bit dry, Coronet Peak and their 212 snow guns have been super busy making snow so the start of our training season has been awesome. Home base is always a great place to train and it’s working well with all the National team members together.

Wakatipu Basin

Wakatipu Basin on way to Coronet

Training has been going really well with early starts, on snow at 7.30am – which has been a little dark. The snow is finally falling today!  Always thinking of my sponsors and supporters who have contributed so much towards allowing me to continue to follow my dream – thanks again Team, truly value your continued support.  Now wearing the awesome clothing and gear from Merrell and Patagonia and getting our way through many a healthy One Square Meals!

The Team

The Team

We have been fitting in two sessions each day, sometimes a block of slalom and then giant slalom or a double block of either. Then maybe a gym session in the afternoon. Today, with snow falling we had our first super g session followed by GS – after the fresh snowfall overnight there was some slipping to do but was still a good day.

 

merrell             prod_oct_choc              Patagonia team

 

Winter Games 2013

The ANC Winter Games has come to an end. It was a tough series with a top group of athletes. Picture of Tim Jitloff, Nolan Kasper, and Thomas Biesemeyer forerunning the Mens Slalom up at Coronet Peak. I didn’t make FIS points but did manage to get some ANC points which will help towards a good start position at Mt Hutt later in the season.

winter games slThere has been some good training lately despite the lack of snow and hopefully we will be racing Nationals on the 29th and 30th also up at Coronet Peak.

Nice to be back at Coronet

atlas2It has been a great start to the season, Davey McKenzie from Atlas Bar Queenstown has agreed to assist with some of my ski racing costs. Excellent place to relax and go for a meal.

After a good build up to the start of the season, training is now in full swing. I’m feeling pleased with how things are coming along. We had a few “back to basics” days up at Mt Hutt before coming down to ski at Coronet Peak where we have had several blocks of Slalom and Gs training.

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gsA few of the other teams are starting to arrive, including the Australians who are training with us. We currently have American Trace Smith who races for Estonia and Mike Rishworth, Australian National team member staying with us which makes for a full house! Looking forward to our first races in just over a week, I’ll be sure to let you know how they go!