The Snowvision Rising Stars Camp

The Snowvision Rising Stars Camp offers New Zealand’s next generation of alpine superstars a chance to train alongside the New Zealand Men’s Ski Team and NZ Alpine Olympians and to get a taste of what it takes to achieve success on the world stage. The Rising Stars Camp is designed to give emerging U12- U16 athletes an opportunity to immerse themselves in a high performance environment while increasing their ski racing knowledge and building skills necessary to continue on the path to success.

The Snowvision Rising Stars Camp is scheduled to take place on snow at Coronet Peak on Sunday July 16th. Athletes will be joined by the New Zealand Men’s Ski Team members Adam Barwood and Willis Feasey, NZ Olympians Tim Café and Ben Griffin, and coach to the NZ Men’s Ski Team, Nils Coberger, giving athletes an unprecedented opportunity to take their skiing to the next level. Athletes will also enjoy a Q&A Session with the NZ Men’s Ski Team and feedback from some of the country’s top coaches. 

The coaches will work with all the athletes throughout strategic training environments, including dryland components, providing them with opportunities to further enhance and develop their knowledge and skill set.

“We are looking forward to watching future World Cup stars as they take part in this unique opportunity to meet racers from across the country, forge new friendships and to be mentored by the NZ Men’s Ski Team. We are hoping to give these driven young athletes an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives,” says Hannah Hazeldine, Snow Sports NZ Alpine Manager.

Snow Sports NZ wishes to thank Rising Stars sponsor, The Snowvision Foundation for their continued support in youth alpine development.

Programme
 

08:00                         Assemble Coronet Peak base building
08:00 - 09:00             Ben Griffin to deliver warm up and activation protocols
09:00 - 12:00             GS training with the Snowvision NZ Men’s Ski Team
12:00 - 12:45             Lunch
12:45 - 14:00             Technical free skiing with Snowvision NZ Ski Team coaching
                                  staff
14:00 - 14:30             Q&A with Olympic and World Championship team members
                                  Adam Barwood and Willis Feasey

 

 

 

Announcing The Snowvision New Zealand Men’s Ski Team

We are pleased to announce that our campaign for the 2018 Winter Olympics will get a boost from the Snowvision Foundation with substantial grants. 

 

The men’s ski team will be known during this campaign as the “Snowvision New Zealand Men’s Ski Team."

 

Snowvision's CEO and co-founder trustee, Fiona Stevens, in the announcement said:

 

"Supporting Kiwis that perform at international levels, like the Winter Olympics, creates heroes to inspire young Kiwis and families to participate in snow sports for a variety of beneficial outcomes. Since 2005, Snowvision has supported alpine skiing, including the New Zealand National and Development Ski Teams, top alpine athletes and other initiatives, aiming to help talented Kiwis to get to the top of the world. The Ski Racing NZ’s Charitable TrustHamish Edwards and coach Nils Coberger are working hard to support athletes who need resources - we are proud to support this worthy campaign for talented role models like Adam Barwood and Willis Feasey to be competing successfully on the world stage.”

 

The Snowvision Foundation support is in addition to the generous support from our valued team sponsors. For others who may want to contribute, an easy way is to make donations to The Snowvision Foundation (which is a registered charitable trust for deductible donations).

 

We appreciate this recognition of the importance of increased support as we enter the pre Olympic period of training and racing. Both Adam and Willis are performing the best we have seen so far and we are confident they can continue to improve.

 

I would like to personally thank Fiona Stevens for working in such a positive way with the team.

Hamish Edwards

Trustee for the Ski Racing NZ Charitable Trust

Development Camp Fostering Top Ski Racing Talent

Development Camp Fostering Top Ski Racing Talent

Sixteen of New Zealand’s most promising young ski racers took part in a development camp at Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski field last week under the watchful eye of US World Cup Ski Team coach, Chris Knight.

Chris Knight, US World Cup Ski Team Coach

Chris Knight, US World Cup Ski Team Coach

The Snow Sports NZ Junior Alpine Development Camp was funded by The Snowvision Foundation, and managed by Snow Sports NZ Alpine Manager Ian Mclean.

The athletes, aged 13- 16 years, were selected on the basis of their 2013/14 results, physical benchmark testing data and a letter of recommendation from a club or training provider or programme head coach. “The athletes are required to be really strong skiers with good technical ability before they come to camp,” explains Snow Sports NZ’s Ian Mclean. “The technique we’re looking to develop is really no different to the technique the top world cup skiers work on.”

New Zealand born Chris Knight has worked with the US world cup team for 12 years and has coached some of the world’s best female ski racers including Olympic gold medallists Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. Taking a training camp for development level athletes back in his home country isn’t something Chris has done before but was nonetheless a project he was more than happy to lend a hand to.

“I’ve never worked with New Zealand kids before,” explains Chris. “Ian Mclean asked me if I’d be interested and I said I would. I’m definitely interested to see what’s out there in terms of New Zealand talent and to see whether things are heading in the right direction, whether the skills are at the level to take these athletes to the top.”

According to Chris, “the potential is definitely there.”

“There’s a lot of talent in this country, we have great mountains and opportunities to ski. It’s about bringing everything together: good coaching, the right training opportunities and the right approach to physical and mental skills training. Camps like this make a huge difference. I’m more than happy to be working with these kids and helping them out.”

According to his own research Chris also strongly believes that the 12-16 year old age group is the key stage for talent development.

Queenstown’s Alexandra Hull, one of the youngest participants at age 13, described her experience of the week-long camp as “an amazing opportunity. I’m enjoying the challenges and focusing on improving my overall knowledge of skiing.”

Invercargill’s Elizabeth Reid (16) said that the camp and Chris Knight’s coaching were helping her apply new strategies to her skiing.

“Chris challenges you to think differently about your skiing, he gives you good feedback and different strategies to work on.” Elizabeth enjoyed a successful northern hemisphere season this year, winning four gold medals at the International Ski Federation (FIS) children's races held in Pra Loup and Le Sauze in the French Alps in March.

Oscar Halliwell (Auckland), a First Year FIS athlete says, “It’s a real privilege to have Chris Knight coaching us. The way he looks at skiing is different, he’s introducing me to new concepts, giving great feedback and sharing insights in to the US team’s training drills and programmes. It’s been super helpful. I feel as though I’ve improved so much in just one week.”

Ian Mclean described the highlight of the camp as “the opportunity to bring such a talented bunch of kids together, to see them really trying their best and some strong talent coming through. “We’ve seen some world-class talent this week.”

Fiona Stevens, CEO of The Snowvision Foundation, says, “Snowvision is delighted to be supporting this initiative. It’s bringing together the best young Kiwi talent which is incredibly important for the long term development of the sport. To have the skills of Chris Knight and Ian Mclean applied at this level deserves support.”

Snow Sports NZ and The Snowvision Foundation wish to extend their thanks to Formthotics who provided each of the camp’s participants with new foot beds, fitted by trained podiatrists.

 

Athlete Selection for SSNZ Alpine Junior development camp

Athlete Selection for SSNZ Alpine Junior development camp

Snow Sports New Zealand is delighted to announce that the following athletes have been selected to attend the Snow Sports NZ Junior Alpine Development Camp funded by The Snowvision Foundation:

Chris Knight
  • Alexandra Hull (Queenstown)

  • Alice Robinson (Queenstown)

  • Rose Hadley (Queenstown)

  • Julius Staufenberg (Wanaka)

  • Ben Richards (Wanaka)

  • Ben Ellis (Queenstown)

  • Hannah Loeffen-Gallagher (Christchurch)

  • Lucy Brown (Queenstown)

  • Chantelle Reilly (Auckland)

  • Conner Kennedy (Queenstown)

  • Georgia Bushell (Christchurch)

  • Eden McKay (Auckland)

  • Elizabeth Reid (Invercargill)

  • Sam Richards (Wanaka)

  • Jackson Rich (Porirua)

  • Oscar Halliwell (Auckland).

The camp will be held at Coronet Peak Ski Area from the 14th – 18th July 2014 run under the guidance of World Cup Alpine Ski Coach, Chris Knight from the USA Alpine Ski Team and managed by Snow Sports NZ Alpine Manager Ian Mclean.

Snow Sports NZ registered U14, U16 and First Year FIS athletes were invited to apply for selection for the development camp. Selection was based on athletes’ physical benchmark testing data, 2013/14 results and a letter of recommendation from a Club/Training provider or Programme Head Coach.

“We received over 40 applications for the development camp and the selectors were extremely impressed by the quality of the applicants,” said Ian Mclean.

The camp will focus on advancement (Giant Slalom/Slalom technique), enhancement (training using winning tactics and practices), progression, (train to train, train for success) and individual athlete evaluation.

The Snow Sports NZ Junior Development Camp is funded by The Snowvision Foundation.

 

Snowvision sponsors SSNZ Alpine Development Camp

Snowvision sponsors SSNZ Alpine Development Camp

14 – 18 July 2014, Coronet Peak Snow Sports NZ is holding a Junior Alpine Development Camp at Coronet Peak from the 14th – 18th July 2014 for Snow Sports NZ registered U14, U16 and First Year FIS athletes.

Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

Coronet Peak, Queenstown, New Zealand

The camp will run under the guidance of World Cup Alpine Ski Coach, Chris Knight from the USA Alpine Ski Team. The camp will be managed by Snow Sports NZ Alpine Manager Ian Mclean.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris Knight as our host expert coach,” says Ian Mclean. “Chris has a huge amount of experience with the US Ski Team and has coached highly successful athletes such as Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn.”

Chris has coached Mancuso to four Olympic medals, five world championship medals, eight world cup wins and 35 podiums. While, under Chris’s guidance, Lindsey Vonn has secured 59 world cup wins, three Olympic medals and four world championship medals.

In 2012 he coached the US Women’s Speed Team when all six athletes achieved world cup podiums.

Chris has a Masters in Sports Science and offers a wealth of experience having worked in key roles across the sport of alpine ski racing. His resumé includes the positions of Head Coach Combi Team (2012-2013), Combi Coach (2008 – 2011), Head Coach Tech Team (2006-2007) and Assistant Coach to European Cup and World Cup Team (2002 – 2005).

The Snow Sports NZ Junior Development Camp is funded by The Snowvision Foundation, a Charitable Trust which aims to encourage and develop New Zealanders' potential in winter alpine activities.