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Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
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Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area first to open in Australasia (10-Jun-13)
Queenstown’s Coronet Peak ski area today (June 8) celebrated in style as the first Australasian ski field to open for winter....

Coronet Peak first ski area in Australasia to open on Saturday (05-Jun-13)
Queenstown is officially open for winter as the 2013 season kicks off at Coronet Peak on Saturday (June 8).

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Cafe Leads New Zealand Team At The FIS Championships (16-Feb-09)

Snow Sports NZ, Val D'Isere, France, Feb. 16, 2009 - The prestigious FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Val D’Isere


The prestigious FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at Val D’Isere, France have now concluded with National Team member Tim Café posting the strongest result for the New Zealand team in Super G.

In his first ever World Championships race, Café, 21, Queenstown, posted an impressive result, overcoming his start position of 50th to finish 36th in Super G after clocking a time of 1 minute 26.77 seconds on the extremely demanding piste.

Teammate Angus Howden, 27, Wellington, did not finish the course, which caused problems for many athletes throughout the race.

“Tim has faced the toughest challenges of his young career and has shown that he is equal to the task and we are proud of what he has achieved in his first major championships,” said Ski Racing New Zealand General Manager, Simon Mills.

Cafe qualified in sixth position in giant slalom (GS) but did not make the top 30 to qualify for his second run in the final race, placing 46th overall.

In one of the toughest races of his career, Cafe faced blue ice and tough conditions in the slalom and after qualifying for the main event, was unfortunately disqualified in the first run at a gate close to the finish line.

World Championships team mate Leighton Winsloe, 19, Wanaka, withdrew due to a suspected Meniscus tear on his knee while Sarah Jarvis, 22, Hamilton, did not finish the first slalom run. 

Howden will now head to the World Cup in Sestriere, Italy, while Cafe, Winslow and Jarvis take a well earned break.

The 2009 championships were staged in Val d'Isère, 47 years after the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships were last held in France.

Of the participating 70 nations - a new record, with 382 participating athletes - 12 celebrated medals, six of them gold. With a total of six medals, Switzerland won the medals ranking, followed by Austria with five and the USA with 3 medals.

A total of 260,000 estimated spectators attended the 10 medal events in the course of 13 days of competitions. The best-attended event was the men's slalom with an estimated 42,000 spectators.

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