NZ Season

Southern hemisphere racing has come to an end with some great results for me this season but we still have a little more training to do (conditions permitting!)

It was pretty exciting to score my lowest points result to date with 6 points from my win at the ANC GS race in Thredbo, Australia.  I also picked up the ANC yellow bib for Overall as well as for Slalom.  Unfortunately the speed races at Mt Hutt were cancelled after one great day of training prior to the races as wind conditions were just too extreme.

A few images from racing at Coronet Peak this season.

This season we started on the new dimension GS skis with the radius reduced from 35m down to 30m.  I’m really enjoying the skis and have been skiing consistently with good times.  Still making some frustrating mistakes during races however I am noticing my improvements.  Training at Rocky Gully has been excellent with very few weather affected days.  Variable snow conditions are always good to train on as it’s not often we get to race in perfect conditions.

NZ Mens Snowvision poster final

Thanks to all our amazing sponsors and supporters, this season seems to have flown by.  Plans and organizing for the coming northern hemisphere are well underway and with lots of travel, World Cup races and potentially 2018 Winter Olympics, it is going to be one of our biggest and toughest seasons.

Different form of training

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Thredbo

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Last week I headed over to Australia to race the ANC Cup slalom races and National Championships at Thredbo. Started in a rush with cancelled Jet Star flights and narrowly making the next available flight out of Queenstown but had an excellent time with my first experience skiing in Australia.  Many thanks to all the awesome people who helped out – rides to and from airport and Melbourne to Thredbo as well as a bed in Melbourne – thanks to the Laidlaws!  Accommodation and excellent food – big thanks to Gabi Robertson and Sam for squeezing us in.  Really appreciate everyone’s generosity which helped make for a memorable week!

Quite a different experience skiing among the gum trees!  Day one of the 4 Slalom races was postponed due to heavy rain the night before which made the snow turn to slush.  Luckily it froze a little the next night so we were able to race the National Junior Champs but the snow wasn’t so good. Day three – cancelled – more rain! Day four was exhausting with excellent weather and much better snow conditions so we had two races, National Champs and the first of the ANC cup.  And day five we finished up with another ANC Cup race.  All up I had some excellent runs but didn’t quite put two good runs together until the last day which went better. Was still well placed amongst some top athletes.. Pretty happy with my skiing and also picked up some ANC points as well as another sub 30 result which will help lower the FIS points.

Thredbo start area

Long drive back to Melbourne and then it was home to Queenstown for the start of the Winter Games and ANC Cup races at Coronet Peak the following day. Feeling the time difference first thing but ready for the giant slalom, unfortunately it was postponed due to snow conditions.

The New Zealand Winter Olympic mark for 2014

The New Zealand Winter Olympic mark for 2014