This week we hosted the first major FIS ski race of the season – the 2016 FIS Tech Series!
The 2-day event is made up of 2 disciplines, Giant Slalom & Slalom. This was the first event in the Wanaka FIS Tech Series, with the next 2 races at Treble Cone later this month.
The FIS Tech Series is open to ski racers from all over the world, looking to obtain much-needed FIS points to qualify for World Cup races & the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Our races saw NZ’s finest take on a field of racers from the USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Austria, Slovakia, Korea, Mexico & more!
The Giant Slalom took place on Upper Goldrush on Monday, with racers taking on the course in variable conditions, with cloud coming in and out throughout the day. It was a great day for Great Britain’s Jack Gower, who took out the men’s title & maximum FIS points.
Kiwi #1 Piera Hudson was sitting in 2nd place after her first run, but skied exceptionally in her 2nd to take top honours for the women’s GS event. The podium for the strong field of women was rounded out by Americans Stephanie Lebby & Storm Klomhaus. The men’s GS also had a Kiwi on the podium – 24 year-old Adam Barwood came in 2nd place behind Bower, with Matej Prielozny of Slovakia in 3rd.
The Slalom event was held yesterday on a newly homologated (FIS certified) course – Tail Race, under Valley View Quad. The exciting course separated the field quickly, with almost half the field unable to complete both runs. It proved to be a challenging 2 days for Kiwi up & comer Ben Richards, who put down impressive runs on both days but couldn’t quite put 2 runs together on either day.
The men’s side of the slalom was taken out by Germany’s Hansi Schweiger, with Canada’s Keegan Sharp & Logan Martin of the USA less than a second behind. The women’s podium was topped by Anja Schneider of Switzerland, with Austrian compatriots Lisa-Marie Flachberger & Christina Metzner in 2nd & 3rd respectively.
It was an exciting 2 days of ski racing for the FIS Tech Series at Cardrona this week! Big thanks to Ski Racing NZ, Snow Sports NZ & Wanaka Ski & Snowsports Club for making it happen! We can’t wait for more racing this month with Junior Interfields on the 21st – see you then!!