For over a decade, The Snowvision Foundation and Blackonwhite have created and supported many snow-based projects. Below we highlight some of the current and past activities we've been involved in.
2014 saw the launch of the first annual development camp aimed at fostering top junior ski racing talent. In 2014 and 2015 groups of sixteen of New Zealand’s most promising young skiers took part in the camp at Coronet Peak, Queenstown under the watchful eye of U.S. World Cup ski team coach, Chris Knight. Chris has coached top female skiers Julia Mancuso and Lindsey Vonn.
The camp included several days on snow with Chris developing technical and tactical skills, physical testing and custom boot fitting by Formthotics.
The Snowvision Foundation provided Jamie Prebble with a training resources grant. Jamie Prebble is New Zealand’s only skier cross athlete and competes on the Audi FIS SX World Cup Circuit. In 2015, Jamie placed 6th at a World Cup and in 2016, placed 1st at a European SX Cup and 3rd at the Austrian National Championships. You can learn more about Jamie Prebble here:
In June 2006, The Snowvision Foundation created youth development scholarships with the generous assistance of Sir Roy McKenzie. The McKenzie Scholarships were launched in Wellington at an event hosted by The Hon Trevor Mallard with Sir Roy McKenzie as the Guest of Honour.
The McKenzie Scholarship aimed to nurture the physical and mental ability of young people participating in winter alpine recreational activities and to help develop a bigger participant base. Grants are available nationally to all areas in New Zealand.
The McKenzie Scholarships are now used to fund and support the Junior Development Camps.
The BlackonTrack Awards were for the top male and top female skiers in the Southern Lakes Region. A $500 grant was awarded in 2013 to the overall series winners in the under 16 age group from the Junior Interfield races in the region held at Coronet Peak, Treble Cone, Remarkables and Cardrona.
Browns FIS Scholarship
In 2013, the Browns FIS Ski Scholarships (training resources grants) were awarded to Adam Barwood and Nick Prebble.
Free Ski Scholarship
The Snowvision Foundation awarded the Snowvision Silver Star Junior Free Ski Scholarship. The award was a training grant, Silver Star seasons pass and a training opportunity with the Silver Star Freestyle Club.
Development Ski Teams
New Zealand Development Ski Team 08/09 in Nakiska, AB, Canada. Front Row (from left): Allie McGlinn, Taylor Rapley, Charlotte Newbold, Harriet MIller-Brown. Back Row (from left): Pete Sanford (coach), Nick Prebble, Harrison Steedman, Richard Stevens, Finlay Neeson, Jamie Prebble, Mike Gould (head coach).