Sanderson back for new snow job
By JUSTIN JENVEY
IT’S been a homecoming of sorts for new Falls Creek Snowsports director Scott Sanderson.
After more than a decade at Mt Hotham the 40 yearold is back at the mountain where he started out.
He replaces Titus Gius who coincidentally was Sanderson’s ski coach on his first overseas training camp at age 13.
“I’m from Myrtleford and with the Myrtleford Ski Club having a lodge at Falls Creek it made it possible for me to ski more consistently growing up,” Sanderson said.
“I pretty much played footy until the start of the July school holidays every year and would then switch out and start skiing.”
“I came through the Falls Creek Race Club and started as an instructor with the ski school.”
Along with a number of seasons in Austria, Sanderson was head coach of the Falls Creek Race Club and in 2004 left the mountain to become the race and events manager at Mt Hotham.
He’s also had director roles with ski schools in Hakuba and Niseko in Japan, and is still involved with Ski and Snowboard Australia (SSA) on a volunteer level, having previously worked with the national team during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games period.
Now back at Falls Creek, Sanderson will oversee all snowsport related areas including the ski and snowboard school, race club, the race and events department and terrain parks.
Sanderson said he is looking forward to building on the work of his predecessors.
“We have an incredibly strong and experienced leadership team across our snowsport programs and with my 13 years as an events and race manager at Mt Hotham I hope to be able provide a bit more impetus with our race and events calendar,” he said.
This year Falls Creek will host its first International Ski Federation (FIS) events since before Sanderson department for Mt Hotham.
“I hope with my involvement with SSA and also as a FIS technical delegate I can help relaunch some of the high level and world class events Falls Creek use to attract,” he said.
“There are two FIS slalom races and two Continental Cup ski races happening in the middle of August.
This season Falls Creek will also hold the first SSA Futures Camp for slopestyle.
“Falls Creek was pretty much the inaugural home of terrain parks and slopestyle events so were thrilled to have SSA bring that camp here,” Sanderson said.
“That will also be in the middle of August and will culminate in a slopestyle event.
“That’s one of my passions and target areas, to try and grow our snowsports programs and events through a pathway through to national level, across all disciplines.”