News and Events

Mt Hutt ‘all systems go’ for 40th season opening (13-Jun-13)
Immaculately groomed slopes and a genuinely warm welcome await avid skiers and snowboarders.....

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).

Ski Areas Go Out With A Bang! (27-Sep-12)
Season extension and half price passes

First FIS Slopestyle Event Since Olympic Inclusion Announced Heading For NZ (10-Jul-11)

The New Zealand Winter Games snowboard slopestyle event will be the first since....

The New Zealand Winter Games snowboard slopestyle event will be the first since the IOC’s announcement the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will include slopestyle.

100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games will feature some of the world’s top freeskiers and snowboarders who now have the added incentive of starting their campaign for the 2014 Olympics. Both Winter Games NZ slopestyle events take place at Snow Park NZ, near Lake Wanaka, with freeski slopestyle taking place on 15 August and snowboard slopestyle taking place on 21 August.

New Zealand played a key role in ensuring a positive outcome for the addition of slopestyle. Snow Sports NZ, in conjunction with Winter Games NZ, staged the first-ever FIS ski slopestyle competition during the FIS Snowboard & Freestyle Junior World Championships. It was this event that played a major part in gaining IOC approval for slopestyle the organisers say.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the news,” said Arthur Klap, CEO of Winter Games NZ. “New Zealand is very strong in these disciplines and we can expect to see the best in the world joining our athletes here in New Zealand for these groundbreaking slopestyle events.”

100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games’ link to the Olympics is further strengthened with two key officials from Sochi attending the event. Aleksandra Savilov (Sochi snowboard and freeski venue manager) and Alexander Adamyants (Sochi sports manager – snowboard) will use Winter Games NZ to gain additional experience in their roles.

Slopestyle is a judged sport in which athletes perform acrobatic tricks while making their way down a mountain course with a variety of features that include jumps, straight or rainbow-shaped rails and boxes or platforms. Its inclusion in the Olympics will provide an opportunity for the sport and its athletes to be showcased to a massive global audience, along with freeski halfpipe which is also included as an Olympic sport for the first time in 2014.

100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games takes place from 12- 28 August 2011 featuring 22 snow and ice sports over 38 events and involving 1,000 elite athletes from 50 nations. The 16-day long Games also include a full Downtown Sessions festival programme featuring films, live music and entertainment and rail jam extravaganzas in Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Dunedin and Methven. The on-snow competition will take place at Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Park NZ, Snow Farm and Mt Hutt with the ice sports taking place at Naseby and Dunedin.

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