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Ski Coaches

Meet the Cardrona Parks Squad ski coaches! The team is internationally flavoured, highly-qualified & includes some of New Zealand’s best freeski coaches.

Peter Legnavsky

Peter grew up in Poprad, Slovakia but has called Wanaka home for a long time now & considers himself a Kiwi. He is stoked whenever snow is falling & his dream skiing destination is Alaska. Pete is inspired by anyone who gives it 100% & his most memorable mountain moment is the Kaumatua opening the season at Cardrona last year.

Peter was a professional mogul skier back in the day, but made the move into freeski coaching as the sport exploded in popularity. Pete has coached a large number of New Zealand athletes to the top of the sport who have become known on the international freeski stage. He has coached a few of the current HPC Parks Squad coaches & continues to work with high performance athletes as well as younger developing athletes. He has his Masters in Physical Education from the University of Commenius Bratislava, Slovakia. His countless seasons coaching freeskiing & his own personal competitive history make him an invaluable member of the HPC team. Pete loves coaching because he’s stoked to see athletes progress & he thinks a holistic approach to athlete development is of utmost importance.

Thanks to: Cardrona for providing world-class training facilities year in & year out. Thanks to Atomic for making rad skis & Oyuki for keeping me snug.

Greg Harrington

Born and raised on the ski slopes of hearty New Hampshire, Greg has been coaching skiing for over 30 years. Greg is a former US ski team mogul skier and had a successful professional ski career on the US Pro Mogul Tour, the US Big Mountain Tour (formally Extreme Skiing) and as a stunt skier for multiple Warren Miller Movies and Powder Magazine. Greg spent 15 years as the Head Mogul coach for the Squaw Valley Freestyle Team where he was instrumental in turning young regional competitors into elite athletes for the US Ski Team. While coaching at Squaw Valley, Greg was recruited to coach the New Zealand Mogul Team at Mt. Hutt during his North America summers. Greg's experience in New Zealand ultimately led to the establishment of his own private ski camps for US and Japanese skiers at Treble Cone, which he ran for over 10 years.

Greg joined the Park and Pipe coaching staff at Cadrona 10 years ago when his two boys, Luca and Ben were old enough to join the program and he has not looked back since! Greg's love for skiing is legendary and the wealth of coaching experience he brings to Cardrona keeps him right in tune with all our athletes, young and old!

Watch out for Greg on the mountain. If you see a Parks Squad coach ripping down the mountain with a cohort of youngsters trying to keep up ---that is Greg.

 Dane Kirk

Dane grew up on a dairy farm in the Waikato. Pretty far away from any snow, he didn't get into skiing until about age 10, making weekend trips to Ruapehu with his family, following his older brother around the mountain. He now spends his Southern Hemisphere seasons in Wanaka, skiing at Cardrona, & his Northern Hemisphere seasons in Colorado, at Breckenridge & Keystone. He's travelled all over North America & a little in Europe while following the competition circuit.

The best days for Dane are spent riding the Cardrona rail line when no-one else is out, just lapping with a friend or two. He's inspired by skiers who are able to go out & enjoy themselves no matter the facilities or weather, just get creative & have fun, portraying a slightly more accessible image of skiing & the ski lifestyle. When he's not skiing he enjoys skating, surfing & being in the outdoors.

Dane loves skiing & wants to share his stoke with as many people as he can. He thinks enjoyment is the biggest factor in creating progression & likes to promote a low stress, encouraging environment for kids to learn.

Francesca Pavillard-Cain 

I was born and raised in Crested Butte Colorado. I am the daughter of world-renowned Swiss mountain guide Jean Pavillard and Professor Mary Cain. I made my competition debut while attending the Crested Butte Academy and went on to take several junior titles, including: 3 time winner of the Crested Butte Extremes, Open Class USASA Skier Cross Champion and the Junior World Telemark Champion.
Western State Colorado University, gave me the opportunity to spend my college years studying and competing. During my time at Western I was able to prove myself in the Freeride Scene. Although many of my accomplishments gave me recognition my most notable achievement while attending school was winning the overall Subaru Freeride Series. This qualified me in the top spot for the Swatch Freeride World Tour, leading to three amazing years traveling and competing around the world. More recently I have dedicated myself to instructing and coaching. I want to share my passion with others. This dedication lead to several alpine, freestyle and telemark certification. Perhaps the most humbling and amazing experience to come out of my hard work training toward my continued certification was filming for PSIA in Warren Miller’s latest film
Face of Winter.
Skiing has lead me to so many great challenges and experiences. It will always be apart of me and my true passion.

Cody Plant

Hi, I’m Cody, I’m from the rolling hills of West Gippsland, Australia. I grew up sliding sideways on the gnarly slopes of the mighty Mt Baw Baw. Making the swap to two planks at the ripe old age of 18, I began instructing in Canada, and with the exception of a summer raft guiding, spent the next few years instructing back to back winters throughout Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 8 seasons across 4 countries, drawing knowledge from different terrain, conditions, cultures and styles leaves me frothing to share the stoke with the next gen of freestyle athletes. 

I’m inspired by hard work and creativity. People who brave all conditions and ailments rock. “I love that you love skiing more than the apparently irrelevant yet excruciating pain in your shins, and the fact that you’re 3 meters away and I cant see you”. - Cody Plant, 2019 

My ideal day consists of a few mates, sun, slush cup and inevitably, progression. This season you’ll find me either in the park working on that ever expanding bag of tricks, or on piste training for my next instructor certification. I believe that a solid foundation of basic skills, coupled with enjoyment is what best facilitates progression.

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