Recreational skiers have been able to get up close and personal with international skiing superstars in Queenstown for training blocks.
Winter Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller – both members of the American Ski Racing team – have been training up Coronet Peak since Thursday.
The pair and the rest of their team were in the ski area’s Rocky Gully Race Arena on Thursday and will continue to train up Coronet for the next couple of weeks.
Coronet race and events boss Richard Murphy says it’s been great to personally congratulate the team on its Olympics successes.
“But now, it’s down to business and we’ll be busy ensuring they have nothing but the best training facility available to them here at Coronet Peak.”
Coronet Peak has been the main Southern Hemisphere training centre for the US Alpine Ski Team for about 18 years.
Competitive skiers from around the world, including the Canadian team, have descended on Coronet Peak for the Southern Hemisphere winter
“Coronet Peak is favored by the athletes for its consistent snowmaking, ability to inject all training hills, quick turnaround for athletes on Rock Gully T Bar and the Coronet Express, its rolling terrain and reliable weather patterns,” Murphy says.