Introducing the first of our female coaches…

Academy PROfiles blog series number 4 with Abby Peterson!

Niseko Academy snowboard coach Abby PetersonAnother Kiwi on the Niseko Academy Team, Abby is a North Island girl who has taught and ridden around the world for the past decade or so.

Abby, so how many seasons have you been teaching for now?
“This is about my 12th season teaching, but I spent another 10 seasons or so as a snowboard bum in Europe.”

And how many seasons in Niseko now?
“This will be my second time in Niseko.” (as of 2014)

What do you like to do when you’re not snowboarding?
“Lots of outdoor activities… running, surfing, mountain biking.”

What’s your best tip for a first time visitor to Niseko?
“My best tip for a first visit to niseko is try to head over to Annupuri – you can find slopes to suit all levels and the best natural half pipes in Niseko. Not to mention an amazing buffet lunch!”

What’s your favourite “niche” to teach?
“My favourite niche to teach is just anyone who gets stoked to be on snow, no matter what level or age.”

After Niseko, where’s your next favourite place to ski/ride?
“Next favourite place to ride would have to be Whakapapa, New Zealand on a bluebird spring day.”

Abby in Action


About the Academy PROfiles

We’ve got a rather interesting group of coaches here at Niseko Academy (artists, musicians, sound engineers, photographers, the list keeps going), and we’d really like to tell a bit about who they are. Most ski and snowboard coaches out there have multiple strings to their bow after all – but our team have some pretty multi-coloured strings!

This mini-blog series will give you a little background on our coaches; what they love, their experience on the snow and some tips on visiting Niseko.


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