Winter swept across the country, while I felt like a kid on Christmas with the amount of snow it brought to Canterbury. We had a wonderfully productive week at Mt Hutt on the snow that reeked havoc among the farmers, my family included. As much as we were excited to see the unusual visitor in our neck of the woods its glamour was short lived when it came to sorting out the stock... Nevertheless it was a great start to the season with a pleasantly bitter -13°C !

That week shot by and with the last of my days at home spent either in the gym, playing with the border collie puppies or shifting logs, I quickly lost track of time. Before I knew it, I was in a mad rush to get everything packed to head down to Queenstown for the next few months. Somehow I managed to remember everything although with my track record I'm not sure how I managed it!

Mt Hutt camp - Nick, Jamie, Adam, Me and Willis
Mt Hutt camp - Nick, Jamie, Adam, Me and Willis
Sunrise from the top of Outwide
Sunrise from the top of Outwide

And so it began. With the enveloping darkness we trundled up the hill for our first day of training at Coronet Peak. While navigating the snow to the hut in the dark can be a little interesting, the stunning sunrise that greets us not long afterwards makes the early start worth every minute. A huge thanks to Coronet Peak and their crew of amazing lifties that get the T-bar running early for us to train. The snow coverage has been pretty decent and the weather has kept up its end of the bargain for the most part, creating a great training environment. Even though there was no training on Sunday (due to the new powder-day policy, meaning if there is more than 5cm of new snow we cannot train), this past week has been a series of bluebird brilliance, despite the snow cracking under the pressure, leaving us with some interesting ruts to negotiate in our first 3 days of Slalom. Towards the end of the week the snow picked up its game and we were met with some solid conditions as we moved into our Super G and GS sessions. The weather might be packing it in a bit this week but with any luck we shall still be training. We now get into the last stint of prep before the first races of the season at Cardrona in the beginning of August.

Slalom training at Coronet Photo cred: Anne Barwood
Slalom training at Coronet Photo cred: Anne Barwood

I would like to say a huge thanks to the team sponsors such as; Alpine Health and Fitness for your support in the gym, One Square Meal for the fuel that keeps us going, Coronet Peak for the training, Robbie Moore for your help on and off the hill and One studio for setting us up with some pretty wicked personalised bibs for training. The season is off to a cracking start and I can't wait to get into some races!