Junior Ski Racing and Training

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The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team's objective is to develop ski racers' (Juniors and Seniors) skills and promote the fun of skiing through training and competition.

SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training is also involved in the coordination and running of the Taranaki Primary/Intermediate Ski/Board Champs, and the Taranaki Secondary Schools Ski/Board Champs.
These 2 events are usually held in late July or August, when we have suitable snow and weather. SMC and TSSSA have been able to host these events in 2013-2014, and 2016.

The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team's programmes are designed to be adaptable to suit the needs of the athletes. Programmes are organized into categories based primarily on age classifications.

SMC is a member of the Alpine Skiing Committee of Snow Sports NZ (SSNZ), the newly restructured national body for alpine ski racing.

Individual Sports Steering Committees

The role of the sport committees are to provide sport-specific input directly to the Snow Sports NZ. The snow sport committees are a key element to the success of each sport, event and coaching pathways.

These committees include: Adaptive Snowsports, Cross Country Skiing, Freeskiing, Ski Racing, Snowboard.

The principle of ski racing is simple - fastest time from top to bottom wins.

Alpine skiing has changed over the past 150 years with great advances in ski equipment, technology and timing equipment but the essence has stayed the same.

New Zealand has a rich history of ski racing. The sport is run through Snow Sports NZ, the national federation for the International Ski Federation (FIS), under the guidance of the Alpine Sport Committee.

The five core disciplines ski racers compete in at the Olympics, speed and technical disciplines are:

Super G
Giant Slalom
Super Combined

Ben Willis, 1st Senior Boys, at the 2016 Taranaki TSSSA ski/board champs

Junior Ski Racing and Training Program
The structure of Junior Ski Racing is determined by age categories, the competition structure in New Zealand.

Most Race Training is done at Manganui Ski Area (on good snow years), usually on Sundays when the field is operating.

Progression follows on to Mt. Ruapehu, as below:

Race Training participation Manganui (contingency Ruapehu)
Junior Series participation Ruapehu
National Series competition Ruapehu
F.I.S Series competition Ruapehu

Lee Boon, 1st Snr Girls, at the 2016 Taranaki sec school champs

Once progression is made to the Junior Series, competitors are required to become members of SnowSports New Zealand. Registration is taken care of by us.

For further information please contact our Racing and Training coordinator and coach Christine Binsbergen.

The SMC Junior Ski Racing and Training Team

Sam Dixon

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