A Brief History of Alpine Ski Racing in NZ

An early effort to establish skiing as a sport in New Zealand took place in 1909 when Captain Head and Lawrence Earle introduced skis among the guides at Mount Cook.  

More than ten years later, the first ski races took place in New Zealand. Racing events became an important means of contact between the ski clubs in early years. The first nationwide ski championships were held at Ruapehu in 1929. In the same year the South Island’s first ski club was formed in Christchurch, called the Canterbury Winter Sports Club. The first competitions between New Zealand and Australia began in the 1930s. Federated Mountain Clubs set up a ski sub-committee in 1931 and then a Ski Council in 1932 to organise these events. 

An independent New Zealand Ski Association was established in 1954. 

Ski Racing New Zealand was incorporated in 1994 .

In 1990 New Zealand’s first  Alpine World Cup races came to Mount Hutt with the world’s top racers contesting World Cup points in Slalom and Giant Slalom.

New Zealand ski racers have competed at most Winter Olympic games since 1952, missing only the 1956 and 1964 Games. Annelise Coberger made history in 1992 winning New Zealand's first Winter Olympic medal with a silver in Slalom at the Albertville Games in France.

In 2010 Snow Sports NZ took over from Ski Racing NZ.

Alice Robinson claimed New Zealand’s first Alpine Ski Racing World Cup medal in 17 years, finishing with a silver medal in Giant Slalom at the FIS Alpine World Cup Finals in Andorra in March 2019. 

Alice earned her start at the World Cup Finals as the current Junior World Champion in Giant Slalom. She had been turning heads during the 2018/19 northern hemisphere season with a string of impressive results including a Europa Cup win and two Europa Cup silver medals, seventeenth place – including the fastest second run time – at the World Championships in Sweden in February, and a 16th-place finish at the World Cup in Spindleruv Mlyn, CZE on 8 March 2019.