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

Volkl New Zealand Freeski Open 2009 Poised To Launch (03-Aug-09)

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand, August 3, 2009 - The Freeski Association of New Zealand

The Freeski Association of New Zealand in conjunction with Snow Sports News Zealand is proud to once again stage the Volkl NZ Freeski Open taking place from August 11 to 20, 2009.

The Fifth annual Volkl NZ Freeski Open, which covers three major freeski disciplines: Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Mountain, welcomes a brand new presenting partner The North Face, to the Big Mountain competition.

Establishing itself as the biggest event of its kind in the southern hemisphere and attracting athletes from across the globe, the Volkl NZ Freeski Open has now been officially recognised on the international freeski World Tour alongside the world’s biggest freeski events.

The North Face Big Mountain is the first-ever Southern Hemisphere Freeride World Qualifier Event, while the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) is including the Slopestyle and Halfpipe as an AFP points event.

“Last year’s event was a big step forward in demonstrating that New Zealand is a world class player in the freeski industry,” said Nick Draxl, President of the Freeski Association of New Zealand (FSANZ).

“A FSANZ goal has always been to provide a proving ground for our athletes against the best in world in our own backyard,” continued Draxl. “We’ve also recognised that in providing an event such as the Volkl NZ Freeski Open, we have the ability to promote New Zealand to the world as a premier training and competition destination. This year we have the addition of the Winter Games, an additional world class freeski event beginning just after the Volkl Freeski Open that is sure to boost New Zealand’s stature even further.”

The Slopestyle and Halfpipe events will be held at Cardrona Alpine resort this year for the first time, while The North Face Big Mountain sends skiers off against some of the steepest and most challenging terrain in the country at The Remarkables and Treble Cone ski areas. A new addition to this year’s format is ‘The North Face Sessions’ - a back country expression session hosted by Southern Lakes Heli for winners of The North Face Big Mountain competition.

The action will be filmed and featured during a public screening of the Volkl NZ Freeski Open in Wanaka following the event.

The slopestyle course is being designed to ensure the best possible features for throwing down big! A handful of International pre-qualified riders will set the benchmark giving the 140 amateur and professional athletes the chance to prove their worth on the world stage. Entrants will battle through qualifiers for a spot in the finals and a share of the prize pool.

Top New Zealand athletes confirmed to compete include Jossi and Byron Wells, Janina Kuzma, Sam Smoothy and Geoff Small.

Byron Wells

The Volkl NZ Freeski Open is a collaborative effort between Snowsports New Zealand (SSNZ) and the Freeski Association New Zealand (FSANZ), organisations that share the objective of promoting awareness and participation of snow sports and freeskiing in New Zealand and the Southern Hemisphere.

 
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