As the parents of a child in the 2017/2018 Australian team and the Australian Children's team, Academy founders Darren and Tracie Michael have experienced a lot. when it comes to ski racing. Darren and Tracie have travelled the path of the athlete parent and understand the 24/7 support that is required when athletes are away from home, one thing they feel passionate about is the support that Australian athletes need to train effectively in the Northern Hemisphere at a young age.
They employ the most effective and passionate coaches to leverage the world class hill space and provide optimal training that has delivered podium results in the last two seasons. Peak Ski Racing Academy coaches are professional, highly qualified, have extensive racing experience and a passion for improvement.
Darren and Tracie own 'Racers Edge' in Jindabyne Australia providing Race Ski Tuning and equipment to the Australian race community during the Southern Hemisphere Season and take this knowledge and expertise to the Peak Academy in the Northern Hemisphere.
Darren has had extensive sport and fitness training with coaching experience in many sports including rugby, athletics, cricket, soccer and nippers. Darren also has experience as a ski coach in Austria. Darren has a focus on strength and conditioning that optimises human performance. Darren also has a background in first aid with experience in Ski Patrol at Perisher Valley, Australia.
Both Darren and Tracie are currently certified in First Aid and CPR from America's Heart Foundation, are Safe Sport trained and are successfully screened by National Center for Safety Initiatives in the USA.
Tracie has her Alpine Offical certificate, working many races in the Western Region and working on US Ski and Snowboard Silver Certificaiton for SnowBasin Ski Team.
To provided Peak Ski Racing Academy athletes the opportunity to realise their true ski racing potential with a high quality whole training program.
Our Core Values
COMMITMENT One’s commitment to working hard, setting goals, improving oneself, aspiring for excellence on and off the hill, in dryland, and in school, all contribute to one’s level of commitment. Everyone’s level of commitment contributes to his or her level of success.
TEAMWORK Teamwork is the basis from which we can build a support system that will help everyone achieve success. The success of individual athletes leads to the success of the Academy, the support that we can offer to one another, in striving to succeed, leads to more individual success and team success.
CITIZENSHIP Citizenship is a direct reflection of our individual character and the character all of us show within the Program. Athletes should show respect to others, know that they are representing both themselves and Peak Ski Racing Academy, and not feel that they are entitled to special treatment without justification.
DISCIPLINE Individuals within the program need to have a high level of discipline to work at and achieve their goals, to know the difference between right and wrong, and to accept the consequences of mistakes.