Training Programme and Calendar publishing dates.

Snow Sports New Zealand coordinates the NZ Youth Alpine Racing calendar.

The SSNZ draft calendar is usually released in November/December with dates and venues fully firmed up by May 2020. While SSNZ are yet to finalise the 2020 race calendar we expect that it will be similar to the 2019 calendar.

NSC will publish its 2020 draft calendar December 2019.


2020 Draft Programme

  • Pre-season Training:

Snow Planet 365 Training is available – Term 4 2019
Snow Planet 365 Training is available – Term 1 2020
NSC / Snow planet Training is available Wednesday – Term 2 & Term 3 2020

  • Dryland Training:

Dryland training Term 4 2019 – Matt Thomson – Get Snow Fit
Dryland training Term 1 2020 – Matt Thomson – Get Snow Fit
Dryland training Term 2 2020 – Matt Thomson – Get Snow Fit
Dryland training Term 3 2020 – Matt Thomson – Get Snow Fit

  • Opening Days:

Mt Hutt Expected opening is week 2, June 2020
Mt Ruapehu Expected opening is week 4, June 2020

  • Season Finish Indicative 25th Oct

Snow Planet
The lane space training sessions at Snow Planet are to compliment the Club’s on mountain training activities during the winter season and we prefer that attendees of the NSC training sessions at Snow Planet are enrolled in NSC on-mountain programmes.

The NSC Snow Planet programme will be released in advance of Term 2.

Please note the Snowplanet Lift Passes and Term Training fees are separate and additional to the On Mountain Training Programmes. These fees are to be paid direct to Snowplanet at the sales counter. Please advise that you are a member of NSC at time of payment.

On Mountain Programmes
July – October: The schedule will work around race events for all the ages groups and the SSNZ race calendar. NSC travels to Ruapehu, the South Island fields, Mt Hutt, Porters, Rainbow, Cardrona, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. The camps range from 2 or 3 day weekends to up to 2 or 3 week camps over the school holidays. Our experienced coaches provide clear communication of the day’s goals and will set the appropriate levels of athletic challenges, dependent upon weather and snow conditions on the day. Groups are sorted into similar technical levels – numbers permitting.

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.

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.