San­der­son back for new snow job

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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.”

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