Snow sports is becoming a mainstream sport in Wellington.
Snow sports society Snow Sports Society is one of the most successful snow sports associations in New Zealand and has become one of Snow Sports New Zealand’s biggest success stories.
They have grown from just three people to a staff of around 50.
“Snow sports have been a way of life for us for over 30 years and we have really grown with our sport, with the growth of our club and with our club expanding to a new community,” Snow Sports founder Mike Tynan said.
“So, we are really proud of our growth and the growth that we have had, but we also see this as a huge opportunity for Wellington and the people of Wellington to become involved with this wonderful sport.”
Snow Sports has seen a significant rise in membership over the last three years, with more than 5,000 members signing up since the start of 2018.
Membership was about 5.6 per cent of the city’s population at the time of last year’s census, but Tynar says they are now seeing growth across the city.
“There is a huge demand for snow sports and we’re seeing an influx of new members every month,” he said.
Tynaran said they have had a lot of interest from businesses and organisations, including a local ski resort.
Snow sports clubs are open for all members to participate in the season. “
We’re very excited about the growth and growth in the snow sports industry in Wellington and it’s been a very rewarding experience for all of us.”
Snow sports clubs are open for all members to participate in the season.
Trennan said they want to make sure that their members have the right training, so that they have the necessary skills to take part in the sport.
“What you’ll be seeing is more and more clubs going on snow sports training courses, we’ve had more and better clubs than we’ve ever had,” Tynnan said.
In 2016, Snow Sports made their first-ever snow sports tournament in Auckland.
The competition included a team of three skiers, three skiiers, and one snowboarder competing against one another.
The event was the first ever Snow Sports event outside of Wellington and was sponsored by Wellington’s first-aid charity, the Emergency Alert Team.
The winning team was awarded a prize of $2,000.
The following year, the club also had the chance to compete in the NZ Ski Championships and won the title of New Zealand Snow Sports Champion.
In 2017, the clubs first event was held in the Christchurch Snow Games.
The Wellington Snow Sports Club were given a major boost when they won the NZ Snow Sports Cup in 2016.
The New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Club also participated in the event in 2016 and they were able to qualify for the NZ Winter Games in 2018.
Tydna, the new Wellington snow sports club, said the event helped them to build the foundation for the future of snow sports.
“The fact that we got to the NZ Olympics and the NZ Games in the same year really gave us a huge boost and it really gives us the confidence to keep working on building our brand and bringing more snow sports to Wellington,” Tydnas executive director, Tynyan said.
New Zealand snow sports have also been a major draw for international guests.
“Our main customers are people in the US, European countries, Australia, South America and Asia,” Tysana said.
For the last six years, Tysanas club has hosted international snow sports stars including David Bohm, Peter Kump, Jack Bohm and many more.
“In 2018 we held a couple of internationals in Auckland and the world class snow sports event was very successful, we got over 3000 people, it was very close to an Olympic Winter Games,” Tylana said, referring to the 2018 Winter Games held in Russia.
Tysan said that the club had had an amazing run with the New Zealand Ice Hockey Federation and the New Zealander Olympic Snowboarding Federation.
“They’ve really helped to bring the snow sport to New Zealand,” he explained.
“I think we’re just on the right track and we want to continue to do what we’re doing, but I think we are getting closer to having the ability to host more international snow athletes.”
Tysanna said they were always open to new players and were looking to build up to an international event.
“At the moment we’ve got a number of people from the United States and Europe who are very interested in coming and we’d like to do something to bring that sport to Wellington and hopefully a bigger number of New Zealands.”
Tynans business partner, Tylanna, said that his team had enjoyed their success in the last two years.
“Having so many successful events has really helped us to grow and grow our brand, to keep growing the membership, and