1st place Copper Grand Prix World Cup

First halfpipe comp for the Northern Hemi seaosn and I ended up on the podium in first place. So stoked. Now i’m getting ready for the Dew Tour which kicks off next week at Breckenridge Resort in Colorado. Congrats to Ayana Onozuka and Devin Logan – These ladies killed it today!

Flying again

After another couple down days in Haines, Alaska we finally made it up in the heli today! It was a very early start for the crew and we caught the morning light.

Yesterday we shot profiles for the movie and I managed to pull the ladies aside for some nice photos…They also snapped one for me.

 

Downs days in Alaska

My time in Alaska so far has been unforgettable. I didn’t know that I would join the Shades Of Winter crew in Alaska until three weeks out from the trip. For most freeskiers it is their dream to come and film here and for myself, the dream has come true! Our fourth day filming at Alaska Heliskiing was the best day that I’ve had skiing in my life. The down days in between can be hard but it gives you a lot of time to reflect the epic days we’ve had so far.

Photo Credit: Mario Feil – Beech Studios

Photo Credit: Mario Feil

Photo Credit: Mario Feil

Photo Credit: Mario Feil

Haines, Alaksa

I arrived in Whitehorse, Canada a few days ago with Sandra Lahnsteiner and Matilda Rapaport to film with Shades of Winter flying with Alaska Heliskiing. We drove through the Yukon across the American boarder to Haines, Alaska to our accommodation ‘The Funny Farm’.

Before I arrived here I had heard that it wasn’t the best season to ride in Haines. But our first day out filming was great and the snow was epic! You’ve got to remember that I’ve been riding so much halfpipe this season. So it’s nice to be back skiing some big lines agiain. I’ll be blogging regularly and posting photos

Flying into Whitehorse, Canada

Welcome to Haines!

Haines wharf, Alaska

Got right down to the river to see this magnificent creature 

 

 

 

 

My Winter Olympic experience

Where to start? It’s been quite the build up! For the last 3 years. We were briefed by the NZOC members and coaches (who had previously been to the Olympics) just how crazy this event is.  Well after finally experiencing it for myself I can only agree. It definitely affects different people in different ways. For me it was an incredible experience that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. I got to meet so many people from different countries and sports. I got to see how different athletes in different sports train and compete. I got to see a small part of the Russian culture (which is very different from the Kiwi culture).  And I got to compete in front of the world representing my country and I couldn’t be more proud.

I arrived in the village eleven days later than the rest of the NZ team. My coach and I decided it would be better for me to stay in Laax, Switzerland and train in their pipe. So I missed out on the opening ceremony, which was a sacrifice, but it allowed me to refine my run and keep a clear head and not get too caught up in the hype.

When I arrived In the Olympic Village, I was greeted by the New Zealand team performing the Haka, which was lead by Byron Wells. It was a powerful experience which definitely bought a tear to my eye. I was then presented with a pounamu (green stone) by Pete Wardell our Chef de Mission. Each member of the team was given a pounamu which was hand carved originating from the same piece of green stone. Pretty special!

Our Team accommodation was nice as well with most athletes getting their own room. We also had a team lounge with two huge flat screens to watch all the other events and just hang out.

With a couple days off snow I was then into practice. I was felling good and stoked to be back in the pipe. With the conditions consistently above 10’c John Melville and his team did an outstanding job shaping the pipe.  My training sessions went well and I quickly adjusted to the pipes shape and it didn’t take long for me to piece my run together.

The day of the event…  Qualifications didn’t start until 6:30pm so I had a sleep in which is unheard of at most other events. Normally you’re up at 6am, on hill at 8am and ready to ski by 8:30am. So this was definitely a luxury!

Over this last period before my event I received so many messages from friends and family saying,  “ I should enjoy the experience” and “take in the moment”. This had a profound effect on me! I did exactly that. I am happy with the way I skied and stoked with my result.

I came 5th at the Olympics!!! It’s definitely taken a few days to sink in.

I know this is such a cliché’ but I want to thank all my  sponsors, family and friends. I wouldn’t of been able to do this with-out you.  I am so grateful for the support I have received from you all over the years.

So now I’m going to finish off my season freeriding and filming with #Shadesofwinter in Europe.

Closing ceremony was amazing

 

 

 

 

Sochi Time

I arrived in Sochi, Russia with Shane Crowhen our strength and conditioning coach on Tuesday the 11th and It’s now Sunday the 14th and I’ve been having a blast. We were welcomed into the team NZ house with a Haka lead by Byron Wells. It was a very emotional welcoming and then we were presented with our pounamu (greenstone) and a Maori blessing.

I’ve only had one day of training in the pipe and it was awesome. Today we will have our second day of training which will start at 6pm, and will go for 2 hours.

The Olympic athlete village is really cool with a lot of security everywhere so I feel safe 100% of the time. We’ve been given a bag of New Zealand pins so every time you go to the food hall it’s game on with swapping pins from different nations. I’ve become a pin hoarder!

Pins collected this morning from the food hall – Ukraine, Netherlands, Peru

Keep you updated 🙂

The halfpipe

Another shot of the pipe

The grandstand at the bottom of the pipe