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New Zealand

With Snowsport GB having major financial problems and unable to run a summer training programme for the team, we had to go and do our own thing. After much debate and trying to work out what was the best option I settled on heading to New Zealand for 3 weeks before going on to Chile with the team (hopefully).


Dave Ryding, Pam Thorburn and I booked our flights and headed down, staying in Wanaka and hoping to hook up with some teams to get training.


We had several days free skiing in both Treble Cone and Cardrona, partly because it was more difficult than expected to get gate training. This was probably a good thing as it gave us time to work on the basic skills.


When we did get sorted, with HPC club at Cardrona, the training was epic! We had 2 days of the best GS training I’ve ever had, albeit without much coaching, on a watered hill with lots of terrain and nearly a course to ourselves. We then got a few days of slalom and more GS before the weather came in and training became more difficult with the hill not even opening some days.


Once we left Wanaka we took a few days off to recover before the Chile camp. We decided to drive up the west coast of NZ seeing all the tourist stuff which was amazing. Driving through jungle to the beach and on to glaciers was really different and a lot of fun.


Overall it was a great trip getting lots of  good skiing and a really good experience having to organise the whole trip on our own.

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