Elite champs camp on Cardrona slopes
Most ski fields have wrapped up the season, but Cardrona has hosted some of the world’s leading athletes for a progression spring camp.
About 150 elite international athletes and their coaches have been mastering their techniques at Cardrona Alpine Resort’s private camp for slopestyle, halfpipe and big air.
Twelve-year-old American freeskier Troy Podmilsak broke a world record during the camp practice, becoming the youngest skier to land a triple cork 1440.
He broke the record claimed only a month ago on an 85ft jump by 14-year-old Kiwi, Nico Porteous.
Winter X Games gold medallist freeskier Jossi Wells landed a new trick too - his first triple cork 1620.
American athletes Shaun White, Danny Davis, Chloe Kim and Kelly Clark were training for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic snowboard half pipe event.
X Games gold medallist Danny Davis said he had a blast spending long days riding in October.
‘‘Having a chairlift running has been key, somedays we’ve been out until 4pm.
‘‘The park staff have been great working with a pipe in warm weather. We got really lucky with fresh snow too,’’ Davis said.
The spring camp will wrap up by Sunday, with the summer season of mountain biking starting on December 27.
Southern Lakes Multisport Club president Darren Clay, of Lake Hawea, with the four maps essential to the club’s 24 and 12 hour race from Albert Town on November 11-12.