QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (Aug. 16 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - The snowstorm that has continued to hammer New Zealand since the weekend has been billed as “the Storm of the Century,”; or the “worst in 50 years.”
But while member of the U.S. Ski Team are feeling some effects from the heavy snow fall, most of that has been a result of canceled flights or transportation issues. The bigger factor is that it has snowed in cities which rarely see any of the white stuff, let alone enough to require plowing. Winds have been estimated as high as 90kph.
“It just keep snowing down here,” reported Julia Mancuso on her Facebook page. “Normally it just snows on the mountains, but this storm is bringing us snow everywhere. ... I hope it clears soon, cause I am getting stir crazy.”
JACKSON HOLE, WY (Aug. 9 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - For slalom specialist Resi Stiegler, this summer’s training camp in New Zealand is special. Though she was able to complete last season, she has not been snow ready during the summer months in three years with a string of injuries.
“It’s amazing, I don’t think I realized how amazing it was going to feel,” said Stiegler. “The last couple weeks I realized how awesome it is that I’m not doing one-legged bunggee squats and I’m actually doing power lifts.”
The 25-year-old, Jackson Hole, Wyoming native’s troubles with injuries started in 2007 when she fractured her left arm and tore ligaments in her right knee. Her latest setback, a badly broken leg suffered in November of 2009, took her out of racing until December of 2010.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 8 - Ski Racing Magazine News Service) - American alpine racers will spend a good part of August in the southern hemisphere at on-snow, pre-season camps. The first stop is New Zealand for tech training before moving to Chile for speed camps.
The U.S. racers join their fellow elite level competitors from around the world seeking summer time snow ahead of the start of the World Cup season only three months a way (Oct. 22) in Soelden, Austria.