Ben is on the High Performance Development squad for freeski. He began skiing at Mt Ruapheu when he was six years old and loved it right from the start. His very first competition was at Snowplanet where he placed second behind HPD teammate Fraser McClellan! Ben is working hard towards his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, and longer term to compete at the Olympic Winter Games and X Games.
Career highlights: 1st place Junior Nationals Slopestyle 2018; Competing at FIS Junior Worlds and the World Cup Big Air 2018
Ben's ski career started at six-years-old with annual visits to Mt Ruapehu on family holidays. A family trip to Breckenridge when he was 10-years-old gave Ben his first taste of the international ski scene and even at this young age he knew he wanted to be a professional skier and compete at the X-Games and the Olympics.
Ben's first comp was at Auckland's Snowplanet where he overcame nerves to finish second. From 2015 he began spending winters in Wanaka, training at Cardrona Alpine Resort and this was where he took his first steps on the competitive pathway. Ben was named to Snow Sports NZ's High Performance Development squad in 2018. His big goal at the moment is to qualify for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games.
Ben had a strong 2019 season competing in the Australia New Zealand Cup series. At the Big Air ANC in Perisher, Australia Ben had a win and a second place finish. Back in New Zealand competing at the Winter Games, Ben won the ANC Freeski Slopestyle in a very competitive international field. These results gave him the overall ANC Series win and secured him a personal World Cup spot for the next Northern Hemisphere season.
Check out more of Ben's results here