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.
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
We finally got into the racing side of things after all the postponed or cancelled races due to the lack of snow. Started a series of slalom races in Garmisch, Germany unfortunately just 37 of 113 finished and I wasn’t one of the finishers. Team mate Mike Rishworth, myself and coach Nils Coberger then traveled on to Gaal, Austria for two more slaloms. Day one I was pleased to put two good runs together and achieved a 2nd place podium result as well as making points (20.48) Day two was one of the rougher Slaloms I’ve skied and wasn’t as successful, then it was on the road again to Turnau for two more slalom races.
Later today I will be racing in my first Europa Cup at Zell am See which should be quite the experience. It also happens to be a night race!
1. Filip Mlinsek 2. Myself 3. Paul Zimmermann
Just the road crossing our race track.
The New Zealand season is drawing to a close with the final races at Mt Hutt finishing last weekend. It has been a solid season for me starting off well with high physical levels and good back to snow training. Race results were mixed as they often are but I met goals, improved ranking, had some great outcomes and picked up the overall NZ Alpine Champion trophy. Really enjoyed our team environment and mixing with the Aussies.
Snow conditions were pretty varied this year with some fairly warm days and not a lot of snow, to snowing heavily the night before races. My best result this year points wise was in a slalom race at Treble Cone, scoring 17 and I am finishing off the season with 23 points in giant slalom and 24 in slalom which I’m pretty happy with. I also picked up the yellow bib from the ANC races in the super combined and was top placed athlete from Australia/New Zealand overall (also a yellow bib) This gives me guaranteed World Cup starts in the coming season.
ANC Winners 2013 at Mt Hutt
After a few days off, it is now full on back to the gym as there is only a short time before heading over for the start of the northern hemisphere season. We have a 7 day camp of technical training coming up at Mt Hutt, couple more weeks in the gym and then hit the ground running in Denver 1st November.
Many thanks to my Coach Nils Coberger, and team mates for a great season. Also all my sponsors and supporters, thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Thanks to Browns Ski Shop and Snowvision for the Browns Snowvision Scholarship awarded last week.
At Coronet Peak with Jaba Gelashvili
Mt Hutt Super G course 18th September
Team Coberger at Coronet Peak
ANC SC Finals at Mt Hutt