As the snow starts to fall over Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ team is gearing up for the first annual event this August and September. The centrepiece of the 2018 edition is the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships 2018, a prestigious competition within the Games framework.
“The cream of the world’s young talent will compete along with our leading junior freeskiers and snowboarders,” says Marty Toomey, CEO, Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, “and we will undoubtedly see many on the podium in 2022 at the Beijing Olympic Winter Games.”
Alongside the junior competition, the Winter Games NZ programme features FIS World Cup Big Air competitions in freeskiing and snowboarding at Cardrona Alpine Resort, while Coronet Peak will host the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) giant slalom and slalom races. The FIS ANC cross country events will be held at the Snow Farm and The North Face Frontier at The Remarkables is a Freeride World Cup Tour Qualifier with both 2* and 4* events providing top athletes with the opportunity to gain valuable FWT points.
International mixed doubles curling will be competed for at the Maniototo International Curling Rink in Naseby and the Queenstown Ice Arena hosts a three series international competition between the NZ Ice Blacks and the Australian Mighty Roos.
This exciting line up gives this year’s event the greatest breadth and depth of any Winter Games NZ to date and as it draws close the team is growing with the appointment of key event staff across all departments and the volunteer portal is now live for keen people to register online, more news on that below.
The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ is one of the world’s top five international winter sports events. That means we have the privilege of seeing many of the world’s best athletes competing right here in our own backyard. We are proud to attract 6 out of the top 10 athletes in each World Cup discipline we feature at the Games. The Winter Games NZ has played an important part in the build-up to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Check out these stats:
We’ve made one small change to the schedule and have brought the Opening Ceremony forward by one day to Friday 24 August at 5pm in Wanaka.
A Parade of Nations will kick off the fun event starting at the Wanaka Centre. The group of international athletes will parade through town in a celebration of cultural diversity finishing in Pembrook Park by the Skate Park where there will be food stalls, music and family-friendly activities. The Official Opening of the Audi quattro Winter Games will take place here with a kapa haka and speeches followed by a rail jam and DJ. Local artist Civilian Sol will perform at 7pm rounding out a fun night out to celebrate the start of the 2018 Audi quattro Winter Games.
The Parade of Nations officially opens the FIS Junior Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships which will be held up Cardrona as part of the Audi quattro Winter Games 2018. The parade will showcase all the countries competing and the best junior athletes from around the globe, inspiring local children and creating a fun and exciting atmosphere in the heart of Wanaka.
The Audi quattro Winter Games team are thrilled to announce the new partnership with Independent Liquor. Independent Liquor will join our elite group of sponsors, without whom we could not deliver our world-class event. Asahi beer and Somersby cider activations will feature during the Games and we look forward to working with these exciting and refreshing brands in 2018.