The AIS Ski Cross Program commenced their domestic season training and equipment testing in July at the Perisher Ski Resort. Wax Technician Marcos Ruiz Navarro visited Australia for three weeks to conduct equipment testing and ski selection. The Perisher camp also proved valuable for working on start gate technique and jumping.
Mt Hotham hosted the Australian National Championships in mid-August. However, the finals were cancelled due to poor weather and results were determined by qualifying times. AIS scholarship holder Katya Crema was crowned Australian National Champion after winning both qualifying races while team mate Samantha Kennedy-Sim came in third place overall. AIS scholarship holder Anton Grimus was the best performed Australian male finishing in fifth place in race two of the event.
The team returned to New Zealand in late August to continue on-snow training. The first block involved visiting the club fields of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and skiing off-piste terrain where there is no grooming or chairlifts.
The month of September saw training in New Zealand continue with focus on hard snow alpine technique at various resorts including Mt Hutt (upper-G and GS training), Roundhill (Ski Cross specific turn shape training) and Cardrona (Two weeks of Ski cross tracking training alongside Snowboard Cross teams from Australia, Canada and America).
The AIS Ski Cross Team is currently preparing for an on-snow training camp at one of Europe’s many glacier based resorts. The final location is yet to be finalised following warmer conditions affecting some glacier options.
All athletes are healthy, happy and raring to go!