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 2018!
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 10 years chasing the winters between Australia, New Zealand, Europe, 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 but 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 4 times World Championship coach, a 9 times 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 and 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.
Adam is from Scotland & has had a passion for skiing since the age of 3. He has raced for the British children ski team & also the Scottish national team all over the world. He is an experienced coach working with a number of race clubs over the years, holding his UKCP 2. He currently works for alpine training centre (ATC) in Scotland & spends his free time boot fitting with former British Olympian Alain Baxter. Adam will be returning again this year for his second season at Cardrona.
Last year Anton worked in New Zealand for a training provider as a FIS coach. He studied Sports Science in Munich and wrote his bachelor thesis on ski technique and tactical behavior in Ski Cross at World Cup level. He has a Trainer C license from the German Ski Team, as well as an A license in Athletics Training and a B License in Functional Training.
As a trainer, he was already able to work as a co-trainer for the Bavarian Alpine Skiing Association, in the Olympic Center Vorarlberg in the area of endurance training and sports science care for WC / EC and FIS squad athletes Alpin and at Sportgymnasium Davos, also for alpine skiing. He is a head coach of a race team in Switzerland (Wengen) and is responsible for the development and implementation of a junior development concept from stage U8 to U16, a total of 85 skiers and 20 coaches. In addition, he still helps during the season in the national squad Ski Cross Bernese Oberland Ski Federadtion as a coach. He is looking forward to a new challenge and working as a coach for the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team.
Junior Coaches U6 - U16
Lena-May Peraudo U16
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 Stobbies U16
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 Skischool & 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.
Huw Phillips U14 (Junior lead coach)
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.
Johanna Tikkanen U14
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 7 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.
Tim Wallace U14/16
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 Richards U14/16
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.
Kaisa Puttonen U10/12
Kaisa is 27-year-old Finn who has been skiing since she was little kid. Kaisa was ski racing actively at FIS level until the end of high school when she found a passion for teaching & coaching. She pursued her enthusiasm for sports by studying for a Bachelors degree in Sports & Science from Lapland University in 2013. Kaisa is working towards ISIA and got her level 3 last December. She is specialized for coaching junior athletes U8 to U16 and absolutely loves the time on snow.
Kaisa has been coaching kids from U8 to FIS age racers for the past ten years. During Northern Hemisphere seasons, she works for Finland’s biggest ski club GrIFK Alpine, as a Ski School Manager & a coach for U14 & U16 Juniors.
"Do things with passion or not at all & always smile on your face"
Thanks to Oakley for the support.
Harry McFadden U10/12
Harry McFadden is an incredibly passionate ski coach from Christchurch, New Zealand. Before he took a position with the Cardrona Alpine Ski Team, he worked for the Cardrona Snow Sports School for 4 seasons where he developed a great interest in ski racing & athlete development. Harry is qualified with the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance & the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance where he holds the Level 3 Qualification in both systems. He is a current member of the NZSIA Technical Ski Team. Harry also holds the New Zealand Race coaching qualification. Outside of New Zealand winters, Harry has worked in the USA, Canada, Switzerland & China, & is currently an associate partner with the Hokkaido Collective Snowsports School in Niseko, Japan.
Amy Richards U6 - U10
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.
Sophia Jamieson U6 - U10
Sophia grew up in Auckland and began racing at Turoa, Ruapehu with her siblings Emilie, Lucie and Ben. She started winters at Cardrona aged 12 and 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 and French and is currently studying a Postgraduate in Educational Psychology and is also an Early Childhood teacher. Having coached at Snowplanet and Coronet Peak she is very excited to be back at Cardrona and share her passion for skiing with those she is passionate about, children!