Coronet ski coaches get the call

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Queenstown ski instructors have won coveted spots on a national squad for a celebrated congress.

Five Coronet Peak instructors were named on an eight-strong Kiwi squad for Interski 2015. The Interski Congress, held every four years, is regarded as the Olympics for ski instructors.

Celine Arnold, Tim Cafe, Toby Arnott, Scott Dagg and Ashley Murphy from Coronet Peak made the New Zealand Snowsports Instructors Alliance Interski team after three days of intensive testing at Treble Cone and Wanaka.

Treble Cone’s Jon Ahlsen and Garett Shore and Cardrona’s Ben Darlow were also chosen from the 28 instructors competing for places.

Arnold – the NZ Giant Slalom champion – says: “This is the goal of any instructor. I started instructing aged 18, so it’s been 13 years of hard work.

“The testing itself was challenging; spring snow, skiing on piste, off piste, indoor sessions – three long days of concentration that paid off. I’m very happy and super happy for Coronet Peak. I went to one [Interski] just for a holiday in 2011 in Austria and it was an amazing experience.”

The team begins training next June after returning from the European winter.

The 2015 event in Ushuaia, Argentina, will be the first time Interski has been in the southern hemisphere.

Attended by 36 nations, it is the biggest congress in the world for the exchange of ski methodologies and techniques – with five days of demonstrations, racing and lectures.

Snowboard, telemark and adaptive squad representatives will be chosen next year.