Perfect conditions for perfect day of skiing

HANG TIME: Jack Parsons takes to the air while snowboarding on Mt Taranaki yesterday.
HANG TIME: Jack Parsons takes to the air while snowboarding on Mt Taranaki yesterday.

It doesn't get any better than this.

That was the call from organisers of the Taranaki secondary school ski and snowboard champs after the event was held in perfect conditions yesterday.

About 80 competitors from nine of the region's schools took to the slopes, doubling the number of entrants at last year's event.

"It doesn't get any better, this is as good as it gets up," course co-ordinator Christina Binsbergen said.

The former Swiss ski racer said competitors were timed as they raced down the giant slalom track over 400m with 16 gates.

Regional sport director Mike Summerell said the fastest time of the day was logged by senior girls skier Meyer Neeson, of Sacred Heart Girls' College, with a combined time of 56.60 seconds for two runs.

The other impressive competitor was Dean Vickers, NPBHS, who competed in both the senior boys skiing and snowboarding events.

"He won the skiing and was third in the boarding," Summerell said.

Stratford Mountain Club racing coordinator Channa Perry said the event had gone off without a hitch.

"There's been fantastic snow and weather conditions up here today," she told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.

"It was a brilliant day, it couldn't have been better."

The primary and intermediate schools champs will be held today.

Taranaki Daily News