Coronet Peak in New Zealand is THE Place to Be

Posted By: The Ski Channel on August 11, 2009 1:12 pm

The snow has never been better at New Zealand’s Coronet peak, and the powdery resort is now an international training hub for the world’s best. Our U.S. Ski Team athletes have been skiing down South for about two weeks, now, and more teams are set to join as they prepare for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Richard Murphy, Head of Race and Events at Coronet Peak weighed in on the preparation: “These are exciting times at Coronet Peak with the athletes arriving. The teams will first focus on technical adjustments then increase the volume and intensity of training,” he said.

The U.S. women’s team includes Linsey Vonn, the 2009 Overall Alpine Ski Champion and 2009 Double World Champion in Val d’Isere and 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso. The U.S. men’s team currently at Coronet is led by Ted Ligety, the 2006 Olympic Gold Medalist and Giant Slalom Champion.

But the Americans have company. The Swedish, Swiss and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams have also recently showed up, and are in the heat of training. Of course, the New Zealand national team is also skiing the slopes and has been at it since mid-July.

Nils Coberger, the New Zealand national team’s coach said this season at Coronet Peak has been perfect. “The combination of great natural snow this year and superb man-made snow from a new snowmaking system has made for world class training conditions at The Peak.”

The Canadian Men’s Alpine Team has been relishing the great snow conditions, and the Canuks know their snow. The team currently down South includes John Kucera, the World Downhill Champion and World Championship Slalom Bronze Medalist, Michael Janyk.

“We are really pleased to be here and the terrain is perfect,” said Paul Kristofic, Head Coach for the Canadian Men’s Alpine Program.

The training isn’t all fun and games, either. The skiing gets serious on August 25, when Canada and Sweden will race against New Zealand athletes as part of the New Zealand Winter Games.


photo; Coronet Peak