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

Skiing Halfpipe And Ladies Ski Jumping To Be On The Bill At Sochi 2014 (10-Apr-11)

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have decided to make....

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have decided to make Halfpipe Skiing and Ladies Ski Jumping official competition events for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

The exclusion of Ladies Ski jumping was highly contentious before the Vancouver 2010 Olympics with a strong campaign in favour of the event with widespread public support and a legal campaign – it’s non-inclusion appearing to be sexist.

Halfpipe Ski competition continues the trend of freestyle skiing moving in to former snowboarder- only territory at the highest level and the end of the era when terrain parks and pipes were seen as boarder but not skier territory.

2010 Olympic Venue Whistler Blackcomb will hold the first international level halfpipe contest (from April 20-24) since the IOC decision was made this week when top skiers will compete in the Pipe qualifiers, and two days later in the finals. The World Skiing Invitational (WSI) was last month elevated to platinum level in the Association of Freesking Professionals rankings, placing it in the same realm as X Games and Dew Tour.

The WSI, hosting the AFP at the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival (www.wssf.com) is the first chance for these rejuvenated skiers to come out and compete in the Degree Superpipe, an event that may eventually lead them to Olympic glory in Sochi, Russia, 2014.

“The excitement and enthusiasm about this announcement is palpable, between athletes, coaches and industry professionals. The TWSSF is thrilled to host the first top level International pipe completion following the decision to include it in the 2014 games. We’ve been privileged to have these athletes compete at our event for over a decade and we share their excitement they will have an opportunity to do so on the Olympic stage.” enthused TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival Communications Manager Jess Smith.

The sport has been pitching for Olympic inclusion for many years, and athletes have seen significant improvement in resources and interest in halfpipe skiing over the past few years. Local pipe superstar Mike Riddle, who received the news over skype with Canada Freestyle at 5am on decision day, stated, “I could not be more stoked for this announcement. It’s been a long time coming, over five years of supporting World Cup, World Championship and FIS competitions to try to get this discipline included in the Olympic program. It’s not only taken a load off my mind, worrying about whether it would happen, but it’s given me purpose for the next three years. Hopefully I’ll be able to come home with a medal for Canada in 2014.”

 
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