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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)
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Kiwi Team Celebrates Success At The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games (18-Feb-09)

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, February 18, 2009 - Eleven athletes from the New Zealand Special Olympics team

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (February 19, 2009) - Eleven athletes from the New Zealand Special Olympics team arrived home yesterday, proudly displaying their medals from the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, 7-13 February 2009.

The team competed in alpine skiing, snowboarding and figure skating with snowboarder Robin Matthews, Auckland, and alpine skier Thomas van der Lugt, Otago taking home a gold medal each in their respective sports.

Special Olympics New Zealand Head of Delegation, Stew Hewett said it was an all round great effort from the team picked up an additionalfive silvers and a bronze medal.

“They did New Zealand proud in not only their skiing ability but also their great attitude and good nature," said Hewett.

With the Attitude TV film crew on-site capturing the excitement, the team put in their best effort on the challenging terrain.

The race courses were steeper than Special Olympics athletes would normally compete on in New Zealand, but the team stepped up with their times improving consistently throughout the competition.

The alpine ski races were held in the superb resort of Bogus Basin, approximately one hour outside Boise, the snowboarding event was held at Dollar Mountain in Sun Valley, and the Figure Skating competition was held at Qwest Arena, central Boise.

Held every four years, the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games brought nearly 2,500 Special Olympics athletes from more than 100 countries together to showcase their athletic skills and celebrate the true spirit of competition through winter sports.

 “Over the past two years, I have learned first-hand that through the power of sport, Special Olympics can transform the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, inspiring a worldwide community to be a fan of joy, courage, dignity and inclusion," said Chip Fisher, CEO and Chairman 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Special Olympics is an international non-profit organisation which offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports, in order to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
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