Beginning next week, the annual Women’s U.S. Alpine Ski Team multi-week summer session on-snow camp kicks off in New Zealand at Coronet Peak. The camp will include pro women’s skiers such as Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, World Cup podium finisher Mikaela Shiffrin, and more!
The camp primarily focuses on technique with gate training locked on giant slalom for speed skiers, with technical skiers working on slalom as well, however there also includes a bit of freeskiing on Super G skis. Additionally, throughout the camp, both types of skiers will do a ton of equipment testing with different types of skis, boots, and binding setups to ensure they are using the fastest equipment possible by the time the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup season opens in October.
Coronet Peak provides the perfect terrain due to its 5 different training slopes permitting coaches to create varying conditions that mimc the snow surfaces found on the World Cup. Head coach Alex Hoedlemoser says, “we’re able to set a variety of course sets and it also allows us to inject each surface with different levels of ice. Essentially, we can create a lot of different World Cup conditions. It’s a lot of work for our staff, but it’s extremely productive for our athletes.”
Joining Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso, and Mikaela Shiffrin, will be the nation’s points leading women’s downhill team of Stacey Cook, Leanne Smith, Laurenne Ross, and Alice Mckennis. As Smith says, “the camp is a great opportunity for all of us to get back on snow comfortably and really dial in our technique and equipment before we start training speed in Chile.”
Additionally to having a ton of snow and perfect training slopes, New Zealand provides a great off-the-snow atmosphere too!