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 2019!
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 – Alpine 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 - Head FIS 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 four-time World Championship coach, a nine-time Junior World Championship Team Captain & was New Zealand’s Alpine coach at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.
Holding a Bachelor degree in Sport Science, as well being a World Cup accredited ski coach, Jonny 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 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.
Jamie first worked in Cardrona during the 2016 winter season with our FIS groups. Since last being at Cardrona, he has continued working within ski racing & spent the last two years with a British race academy based in Steinach, Austria as the FIS lead coach. Although mainly based in Austria, Jamie has also spent a lot of time travelling around Europe for training & racing with the team over the past few seasons.
During this time, Jamie was also able to complete his Honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science & decided to spend a year working in a primary school based in Edinburgh, which he says was quite the change from ski racing.
Jamie can't wait to be back in New Zealand & is really excited to return to Cardrona for the upcoming season!!
Johanna is a 25 year-old Finn who recently retired from ski racing & began a career in coaching. She hails from Helsinki, Finland, but for the past 10 years her skiing has taken her to live in seven different countries. After her racing career ended, she wanted to continue in the sport to help young ski racers who shared her dreams. She began her coaching career at Mount Buller Racing Club last year, then moved back to Austria to work for an Austrian racing camp for the 2017/18 winter season.
Some of her career highlights include: Winner of Trofeo Topolino, Unofficial World Championship for ages 14-16 Giant Slalom Event 2007; member of The Finland National Alpine Ski Team, 2008-2012; youngest International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Racing Event Winner in history; achieved 8 Individual National Championship victories & a total of 12 podiums in Speed & Technical events, 2008-2012; represented Finland at the 2008 FIS Junior World Championships in Formigal, Spain; top 15 finishes in Continental Cup events 2010-2011; top 15 finishes in in North American Cup events 2012-2014; 1st Team All-American, Sierra Nevada College 2013, 2015, 2016; 1st Individual All-American, Sierra Nevada College 2013, 2015, 2016; Team Captain, Sierra Nevada College 2015-2016.
U6 - U16 Junior Coaches
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!
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.
Bio coming soon!
Tim grew up in Wellington, started skiing at the age of 3, & started racing at the age of 11. He did 7 back-to-back winters as an athlete for Cardrona Alpine Ski Team & World Ski Connection in Switzerland, representing New Zealand in a number of international children's events including Topolino, Whistler Cup & Pra Loup. He raced at FIS level until the end of secondary school.
Tim is returning from a season in Whistler, where he helped coach the New Zealand youth team at Whistler Cup. Tim is currently in his final year of a commerce degree at Otago University in Dunedin, studying Tourism & Marketing Management. He is now returning to Cardrona for his fourth season of race coaching.
Sam started ski racing at Mammoth Mountain when he was 6. From there he & his family moved back to New Zealand, & Sam continued ski racing at Cardrona until 2016. During his time at Cardrona he was training in NZ summers in Switzerland & across Europe with World Ski Connection, representing New Zealand in a number of international children's events including Topolino, Abetone, Scofia Loka, Val D'isere & Swiss National point races.
After starting FIS racing he had some encouraging results in New Zealand & Europe, placing 2nd in Under 21 & 5th in Open Men's Nationals at Coronet Peak. Unfortunately Sam had a severe spinal injury that put him out for the best part of two years. Since then he has spent a season coaching with CAST, then travelled to Korea & Japan as an assistant coach to his brother Ben. Since 2015 he has also decided to focus on his university studies – he's now working towards a Bachelor of Commerce. Sam is really looking forward to being able to give back to the sport with CAST.
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!".
Sofia grew up racing in the French Pyrenees & raced in the Children's GB team, then in the England Alpine team at FIS until the age of 17. Since then she has been doing back to back seasons, coaching U12 - U16s in the North Island of New Zealand, & also in Europe as the U12 lead coach for ATC whilst being based in Switzerland were she instructs to fill the winter.
She is a qualified BASI Race Coach with a Level 3 ISIA qualification & is currently is working towards her level 4 exams.
She's super stoked for a new adventure this season with CAST!
Huw was born in Cardiff, Wales & emigrated to Nelson, NZ in 2004 & became a NZ citizen in July 2008. After completing high school at Nelson College in 2011, Huw went to Courchevel & completed the BASI 1 & 2 qualifications as well as the French Test Technique Slalom Race. From there, he carried on progressing through the BASI system whilst teaching & training, completing his final module at BASI level 4, receiving the ISIA stamp & Carte Professional, the Euro Mountain Security 2, UKCP 2 Alpine Race Coach & Eurotest.
Huw has been based in Courchevel/Meribel (France) for the last seven Northern Hemisphere winters & has experience in Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Australia, & of course Cardrona Alpine Resort, where he has been part of the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team for the last few seasons & lead coach for the Junior race programme for the last two years.
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!"
Sophia grew up in Auckland & began racing at Turoa, Ruapehu with her siblings Emilie, Lucie & Ben. She started winters at Cardrona aged 12 & raced with CAST until she was 17, including 2 years of FIS. She also competed in the Junior World Championships for Skier X at Cardrona in 2010.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & French, & is currently studying a Postgraduate in Educational Psychology. She is also an early childhood teacher. She is very excited to be back at Cardrona & share her passion for skiing with those she is passionate about; children!