Our experienced ski race coaches come from all over the world to teach race at Cardrona, from the juniors all the way through to FIS level competitive athletes.
Meet our Cardrona Alpine Ski Team coaches for 2020!
Note: Coaches for each programme are subject to change.
Adi Bernasconi – Programme Director
With a total of 55 back-to-back winters in both Switzerland & New Zealand, Adi is the man behind the success of the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team. Adi has a history of coaching U16 athletes to podiums at international races including Topolino, Whistler Cup & Pinnochio. He has spent many years on the Junior World Champs circuit coaching the best of New Zealand’s younger athletes, as well as being an Olympic coach in Salt Lake City (2002).
Sami Corne – Administrator
Sami grew up skiing & racing in Thredbo, Australia. Most recently she had the opportunity to spend 2 months working at the Pyeongchang Olympics & Paralympics in South Korea as a National Technical Official where she worked on the venue for the tech events. Prior to this, she coached in Switzerland for World Ski Connection as well as the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team. She has spent the last 11 years chasing the winters between Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia & is looking forward to working this year for CAST again as the Alpine Administrator.
Jonny Rice - FIS Head Coach
Jonny calls Wanaka home & is Cardrona’s most experienced & longest-serving coach. He spends most of the year away, travelling & racing with his athletes. He has vast amounts of experience – as well as being a former coach for the Great Britain Women’s team, he has been a five-time World Championship coach, a nine-time Junior World Championship Team Captain & was New Zealand’s Alpine coach at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Jonny's most recent achievements include coaching Piera Hudson to earn New Zealand's first World Cup points in 15 years in Killington. Holding a Bachelor degree in Sport Science, as well being a World Cup accredited ski coach, he has coached athletes to World Championship top 25 results, Olympic selections, Nor-am victories & European Cup top 10’s. Jonny loves the challenge that goes with ski racing & believes that an individualised approach to technical, mental & physical training, as well as equipment setup, are the most important elements for ski racing success.
Osi is returning for his 3rd season with CAST. He has coached at the highest level of ski racing, with over 20 years of experience from development level up to World Cup & Olympic competitions. His biggest accomplishments have been coaching some of the world’s greatest athletes to success including Didier Cuche, Didier Defago, Beat Feuz, Carlo Janka & Patrick Kung. Most recently Osi been working as the Head Coach for Team Nullmeyer, a current Canadian World Cup skier. He has also worked with athletes like Marco Odermatt, who this year became a 5-time gold medallist at the Junior World Championships in Davos. His coaching career has consisted of roles such as the Head Women’s Coach at Green Mountain Valley School, as well as Vail Mountain's Head Alpine FIS Coach – overseeing the entire Alpine FIS programme along with coaching responsibilities for the FIS women’s team.
It will be fantastic for all our athletes & Cardrona to benefit from Osi’s extensive ski racing experience & to see our programme continue to develop & grow.
Sergi Avila is a Strength and Conditioning coach from Barcelona, Spain. He studied Sport Science and specialized in high performance training optimization in the University of Barcelona. He has also taken part in few international study programmes as Winter School in Sport Science in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
From 2017 to 2019 he was working as a Strength and Conditioning coach for the high-performance alpine ski team of the FCEH (Winter Sports Catalan Federation). An all year round programme for U18 and U21 FIS skiers of the country. Training and competing all over Europe. During 2018/19 season he was also the S&C Head Coach of the Catalan Pre-technification Academy. Leading and coordinating the S&C coaching staff for the U14 and U16 alpine skiing, freeride, freestyle and snowboardcross teams.
He has also worked as a freelance S&C coach for 6 years, physically training skiers (FIS and European Cup Level) and athletes from other sports.
His passion and daily goal is to optimize the physical training so the athletes can achieve their highest performance in alpine skiing.
Stefan is originally from Austria and started skiing at the age of two. He participated in ski races until he was 15 years old. Due to a knee injury and two operations he had to quit competitive skiing so then decided to start his coaching career. After passing the "Landesskilehrer" in Austria, he moved to Saas-Fee in Switzerland. During summer, he was the coach of a race academy where he worked with athletes from all over the world. Since finishing the "Nachwuchstrainer", he is now doing his fourth season as the Head Coach of the regional race team for Ski Valais. At the moment he's working towards his Regional trainer qualification which is the second highest level of ski coaching in Switzerland.
Scott grew up in Dunedin and learnt to ski with his family at a young age. After finishing high school in 2008, he procrastinated from going to university and signed up to the Otago Polytechnic Certificate in Snowsports Instruction at Cardrona, and hasn't left.
From there he has spent the past 11 years travelling between North America and Cardrona teaching skiing. Scott has a passion for adaptive snow sports and offering everyone the opportunity to enjoy the snow as he has done.
Scott is an NZSIA Examiner and runs the Cardrona Adaptive Snow Sports programme.
This year Scott has recently become a father and is looking forward to one day teaching his son to enjoy the snow. When Scott’s not at Cardrona you will find him carrying his bike or skis up a mountain or getting lost in the bush.
Mike is a Chronic Alpine Skiing Fanatic who specialises in empathy. He has heaps of qualifications plus a few DSQs and a lot of DNFs. This will be his 70th season plus some other educational stints. His home resort is TC - but he feels at home whenever he is in the mountains. Mike believes the best thing about TC is the love that people have for each other.
Lena-May grew up skiing in the Italian Alps, racing from a young age. She comes from a very successful family of skiers & has travelled the world instructing & coaching athletes of all ages, ranging from U10 to FIS, with experience in both Europa Cup & World Cup racing. She’s extremely passionate about skiing & strives to cultivate this passion in all athletes. She holds full certification with the Italian Ski Instructors Association in Piemonte. It will be her first season in New Zealand & she's looking forward to this new adventure!
Tim grew up in Wellington, started skiing at the age of 3, & started racing at the age of 11. Racing for 7 back-to-back winters as an athlete for CAST & World Ski Connection. Tim transitioned into coaching after finishing racing, working part-time for CAST alongside studying commerce at Otago University. Tim has done two seasons working in Canada where he Coached at Revelstoke Ski Club and also coached the New Zealand Youth Team at Whistler Cup. Upon graduating last year Tim did his first full-time season at CAST and looks forward to returning for another year.
Lukas comes from the beautiful alpine area of Arosa in Switzerland. Lukas has been skiing since he was 2 years old & shares the same passion for the sport as his parents. He started ski racing at the age of 8 years old, & competed at the Swiss regional level. He also skied for 6 years at FIS level. In 2016 Lukas completed his ski instructor training with SwissSki & has since worked at the Arosa Ski School & as the assistant coach at Skiclub Arosa. Lukas is keen to share his experience & enthusiasm of skiing with other athletes & help them realise their goals.
Klaus is 24 years old & comes from the beautiful South Tyrol region in North Italy. He began ski racing at 5 years old & continued into FIS until he was 17, while studying at a sport school for skiing. After that, he began his ski teaching career, completing his exam in 2015. He has since worked as a teacher & coach in his home valley, Ulten, as well as coaching U14 athletes in Austria. He has completed his B-licence exam for a fitness trainer & personal coach. This year he will have finished his D-coaching license in Austria & next season will do his C-coaching license. In January of this year, he also had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Canadian Women´s WC Ski Team in his home valley which was a great experience.
In 2017, he worked for CAST which he says he "really enjoyed & is now looking forward to returning in June again!".
Amy has grown up in a ski racing family. She started skiing at the age of 3 at Mammoth Mountain, USA. When she moved to NZ, she continued skiing at Mt Ruapehu as a weekend warrior. At the age of 8, her family moved to Wanaka & she started ski racing with CAST. She then began following winters, skiing summers in Switzerland with World Ski Connection then home to Cardrona as part of the Alpine Ski Team. Amy is currently in Year 12 at Mount Aspiring College. She began her ski racing qualifications last year after deciding she would prefer to share her love of ski racing teaching, rather than pursuing a competitive career. She is looking forward to sharing with younger children what she has learned & experienced on the snow.
Hannah grew up in the Swiss alpine village of Wengen. Heavily influenced by the World Cup held every year, she began ski racing at a young age until she was 16. Since 2014, she has worked in her home resort, Wengen, as a ski teacher as well as working in ski shop. For the past 2 seasons, has worked as a full-time coach for the local ski club. Being a snow sports fanatic, she has a keen interest in ski racing but also backcountry & freestyle skiing. She even constructed a customised ski & built it herself for her thesis, which increased her knowledge about skis & their construction.
She says, " I am fulfilled by sharing my passion & knowledge whilst creating an athlete environment to help them visualise & achieve big goals." She adores working with talented young skiers & is "beyond excited to use & improve my skills in all directions… & to chase my ideal world of 12 months of winter!"
Kate is in her final year at Mount Aspiring College and next year is looking forward to attending university and studying sport and exercise science. Skiing has been a life-long passion for Kate as she started at the age of 3 and started racing at the age of 8. She has done many years of back-to-back winters, competing in numerous International Children's events, such as Topolino, Val D'Isere, Whistler Cup, Trofeu Borrufa and Abetone. Kate's best result was achieving a podium place at Trofeu Borrufa in U16 Girls. Kate stopped FIS racing to focus on her studies and now she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and love for the sport with the younger generation.
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Enya grew up in a ski racing family in Interlaken, Switzerland. Skiing has been a lifelong passion for Enya as she started at the age of 2 which is when she decided she wanted a career as a ski racer. Enya competed as a FIS athlete for Switzerland and has since moved into a coaching role. After completing high school at the Sport School in Feusi, Bern in 2019, Enya worked as a full-time ski teacher in Wengen which is the venue of the world famous Lauberhorn downhill race.
Skiing is still Enya’s absolute favorite sport and she is also a very versatile skier who loves ski racing but also freeride and ski touring. With all these experiences, she is looking forward to passing on her knowledge and enthusiasm for skiing to Wanaka's talented young skiers .
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Maria grew up in Tirol, Austria. Living in the mountains, she started skiing at the age of two and was a fanatical skier from the beginning. She raced for a few years and after that she started coaching at her ski team from 2016. Sharing the passion for skiing with the kids is the greatest thing for her, so Maria finally became the Head Coach of all kids-classes at her team. She has already done several coaching courses, up to the level-D and insists on not having a winter with less than hundred days on skis, no matter if coaching, ski mountaineering or just skiing with friends. Maria always dreamed of back-to-back winters and that is now a reality for her. It´s Maria's first season with CAST and she is really looking forward to joining the team this winter.
Daniel grew up in Tyrol and started skiing at the age of three. He raced from the age of 10 until he started studying at the university of Innsbruck in 2017. In that time, skiing became his passion. Daniel worked at the local ski club as an instructor for several seasons and got his D-coaching license in 2018. Since then, he has spent every free minute working as a coach at the local race team for kids and teenagers.
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