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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
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Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

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All Eyes On Vancouver 2010 As World Class Ski Racers Head For Coronet Peak (03-Aug-09)

Coronet Peak, New Zealand, August 3, 2009 - With the best snow conditions in years

With the best snow conditions in years, Coronet Peak is about to become the hub of international race training in the Southern Hemisphere in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Olympics. 

Coronet Peak has been the main Southern Hemisphere training centre for the US Alpine Ski Team for the past several years and there is excitement in the air as their teams arrive in the coming weeks.

Richard Murphy, Head of Race and Events at Coronet Peak, said training camps such as those provided by Coronet Peak are crucial for these teams.

“These are exciting times at Coronet Peak with the athletes arriving. The teams will first focus on technical adjustments then increase the volume and intensity of training,” he said.

The US women’s team will include Linsey Vonn, 2009 Overall Alpine Ski Champion and 2009 Double World Champion from Val d’Isere. She will be accompanied by Olympic Gold Medalist Julia Mancuso from Torino.

The US men’s team will be led by Ted Ligety, Combined Olympic Gold Medalist in Torino and Double Overall Giant Slalom World Champion.

As well as the USA, Coronet Peak will also host Swedish, Swiss and Canadian Alpine Ski Teams with all eyes focused firmly on gold in Vancouver and Whistler.

The New Zealand national team has been focussing on training since mid-July and significant progress is being made as the team enjoys fantastic conditions at Coronet Peak.

“We are right behind Ben Griffin and Tim Cafe’s bid for the Olympics,” added Mr Murphy.

Nils Coberger, Coach for the New Zealand national team said this season had been fantastic for training at Coronet Peak.

“The combination of great natural snow this year and superb man-made snow from a new snowmaking system has made world class training conditions at The Peak.”

The Canadian Men’s Alpine Team arrived on Monday (July 27) and is already relishing the great snow conditions with late-July training, along with a 32-strong person team of athletes, coaches, doctors, physios and ski techs.

The team includes John Kucera, World Downhill Champion and Gold Medallist from Val d’Isere, and World Slalom Bronze Medallist Michael Janyk.

“We are really pleased to be here and the cooperation from Coronet Peak has been awesome. The terrain is perfect and the snow conditions are outstanding for this time of year,” said Paul Kristofic, Head Coach for the Canadian Men’s Alpine Programme.

Canada and Sweden will have a number of athletes who will take part in the New Zealand Winter Games kicking off on August 25.

“We look forward to welcoming these teams and to a future of more great ski racing at Coronet Peak,” added Mr Murphy.

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