Frequently Asked Questions – Training.


How NSC Training Works.


2021 Indicative Calendar:

  •  Pre-season Training:

Snow Planet 365 Training is available – Term 1 2021
Snow Planet 365 Training is available – Term 2 2021

  •  Dryland Training:

Matt Thomson – Get Snow Fit
Thursday evenings 5 pm and Saturday mornings 9.15 am

  • On Mountain Season

Indicative start date 19th June
Indicative finish date 17th October


 On Mountain Programme

June – October: Team Hutt is the training partner for NSC 2021. The schedule will work around race events for all the ages groups and the SSNZ race calendar. We will be based in Methven for most of the winter. The NZ Youth series will involve events at Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and Cardrona. The junior athletes will attend Interfield events at both Mt Hutt and Porters.

FIS athletes have a program that trains at Mt Hutt and travels to Coronet Peak and Cardrona.



We hear from Ruapehu that the North Island Primary, Intermediate and Secondary School Champs are back on for 2021. We look forward to these iconic events getting back up and running. The club will not be providing race support at Ruapehu, however we will have experienced parents at the school events should you need support.


Training days
• Learn to train
NSC recognises that your young athlete is learning how to train. Your coach will determine the training programme. The goal is to develop good all round skiers. To enable this goal NSC coaches will not be simply setting race gates. Training will include goal setting and skill development. We will include all mountain free skiing, practice of technical drills and skills and other training environments. Training on set courses and slopes that reflect actual race day situations will be vital, but please note that gate training only forms 40% of the curriculum.


Race days
• Learn to race
As parents we need to realise our youth athletes are just starting their journey in ski racing. They are learning how to train and race. The race days we attend are actually training days. We treat them just the same as a training day. What goal have we set? What skill are we working on today? It is not all about the times. Your NSC coach will teach your athlete how to manage their race day and how to manage the new skill sets that need to be added to the mix.


What does an on mountain day involve?
A mountain day can start early – some resorts allow us to start training at 7am – before the public get access! The length of the training day will vary depending on snow and weather conditions. And of course whether the athletes have achieved their set goals for the day. A typical training day might finish around 1-2pm. Then activities will move to other sessions such as dryland and/or ski tuning – your coach will advise.


Dryland Training
• Learn to train
It is key that we learn how to train dryland. Short sessions teach the athletes how to keep themselves ski fit with exercises, drills and games. We work on athlete strength, power, agility and co-ordination. What you do in your off-season can make a huge difference to your performance on snow.


Equipment and Tuning
Equipment plays a big part in skiing. Slalom skis, Giant Slalom skis, Super G skis. What type of boot. What safety gear. What is the best helmet? There are a lot of questions for parents and athletes alike. The NSC coaches, coordinators and experienced parents are all there to help answer your questions and help you source equipment.

Tuning is another huge learning experience that NSC can guide you through. Team NSC is there to help. The U14 athletes and older are introduced to ski tuning and understanding their own equipment. Tuning is a key part of their training.