Zak Vinter is one of the most promising talents on the British alpine race circuit and has been producing impressive results in FIS races around the world recently.
At the age of two Vinter was taught how to ski by his parents, who are both ski instructors, at Glasgow Ski Centre. When he turned six, he started racing for the Glasgow Ski Racing Team and never looked back. By the time the Scotsman turned 11 he was selected for the British Children’s Ski Team and has been on the British team ever since.
In 2014 Vinter was thrusted into spotlight after he was crowned overall British Children’s champion and was then selected for the European Youth Olympics in Tbilisi, Georgia the following year. His talent was clear to be seen!
Vinter has built into FIS racing naturally and has already been improving each year on his world ranking in each of his disciplines. Having a strong support from his family, sponsors and coaches, Vinter has continued to make real progress in his ski racing.
This season has already started off with a bang for Vinter. On his travels to Australia he scored a superb 8.88 FIS points in Slalom competing against a world-class field. That result looks to be another breakthrough moment for the Scottish skier!
Wellsnowsports caught up with him after his results in Australia:
How has your summer prep gone?
My summer has been pretty incredible. I started in Hintertux, Austria in June then moved to Fonna, Norway for three weeks training. I made some big improvement over the early summer skiing, which made me feel pretty confident heading down to Australia. I used my good start bib from last year’s races and went for it! I managed to put down some awesome results against some of the world’s best.
Going into the European winter now with a great result in both disciplines takes the pressure off me slightly. I only need one more result in each discipline to finish the season on some incredible points. These results have allowed me to look to do bigger races like the Europa Cup and I will hopefully do well in these races this season too.
How was last season?
Last year was successful for me. I made massive jumps in all disciplines. I tried especially hard this year to improve my Super G and Giant Slalom skiing. I nearly halved my Super G points and also lowered my world ranking in GS. I also made my first ever podium finish and FIS win, which was a big achievement for me.
Why did you choose Croc skis?
I chose Croc skis, because I really enjoyed the skis when I tested them. The Slalom ski is really punchy and stiff that works well on tough hills and conditions. They also support skiers really well with sponsorship and prize money for when you hit the podium.
Do you have any aims for this season?
I am hoping to make a big step up this season and prove that I can ski fast on the big stage in Europe. My main goal for this season is the Junior World Championships. I am keen to go there ski fast and hopefully strike for the podium. Apart from that, I will be building up again for the British Championships.
What are your long term goals?
My long term goals are to continue skiing as I am and hopefully make it to the World Championships and Olympics in the years to come.
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