Winter Games NZ is thrilled to announce the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest snow sports event is back in 2022. The Games will include 16 events across alpine, freeride and freestyle (park and pipe) disciplines between the 27th August and 11th September.
Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will host the best of New Zealand’s snow sports athletes, as well as welcoming back international competitors for the first time since 2019.
“We are excited to bring back the Winter Games NZ this year and look forward to providing a platform that allows kiwi athletes to benchmark themselves against their international competition across many disciplines and events. We are committed to a four-year plan, which will see Winter Games NZ growing year on year towards the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
“We love showcasing the Southern Lakes to the world and want to encourage as many people as possible to watch our events live on mountain. For those who can’t be there in person we will be producing amazing content for our digital and television audiences,” commented Marty Toomey, CEO, Winter Games NZ.
“With so many events to choose from across our world class venues, the 2022 Winter Games NZ will be quite the celebration.”
The events will kick off with Alpine Ski racing at Coronet Peak on Saturday the 27th August. There will be two FIS Super G Continental Cup races on day one and will be followed by two FIS Continental Cup Giant Slalom races on the 28th and 29th August.
Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle action follows at Cardrona Alpine Resort from the 1st to the 4th of September. These FIS Continental Cups will draw a big crowd with kiwi stars dropping in alongside their team mates and other international competitors.
The North Face Frontier is back between Saturday 3rd and Thursday 8th September, at The Remarkables. This kiwi freeride institution features 2* and 4* Freeride World Tour Qualifier events and will attract many names you now see on the Freeride World Tour. The 2* event will be held in Shadow Basin, while the 4* event will be hosted in the Alta Chutes with Lake Alta providing an epic viewing platform.
The 16-day snow sports spectacle will be rounded off with Big Air and Park Jam events at Cardrona Alpine Resort. The format for these events is being co-designed with athletes to give them their best chance to demonstrate their incredible talent.
Marty has an extensive and in-depth knowledge of elite winter sports. This is his sixth year as the CEO of Winter Games NZ, prior to this role Marty was the CEO of Snow Sports NZ for six years. He is also the Chair of the Ski Areas Association of NZ (SAANZ), represents NZ on a number of FIS Committees and was the Chef de Mission for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games. His passion for winter sports and belief in his team drives him to tirelessly work to ensure Winter Games NZ is continuously evolving to be the best it can be.
Park & Pipe Manager
Carly is a passionate sporting event professional and comes from an extremely successful 8 years at the Cardrona Alpine Resort. The events team at Cardrona regularly host World Cup events in Halfpipe, Big Air and Slopestyle with the world's best flocking. All the way through to the Junior Alpine Nationals and bespoke events as the Jossi Wells invitational. This wealth of event knowledge makes her a valuable asset in our team and it also helps she loves the outdoors.
Sophie has a passion for sports, media and the mountains. As a past professional sportswoman herself, she focuses on telling the athletes stories and has over 20 years experience in international sports events. This will be her sixth year with the Games and she is proud to be part of this elite and uniquely kiwi Winter Sports event. She manages Broadcast, Production and TV and works alongside Britt with Comms and Media.
Operations and Delivery Manager
Over 15 years ago now Gemma was thrown in the deep end in with sports event management and absolutely loved it. She enjoys working behind the scenes of major sporting events and the challenges it brings. She has worn a few different hats within the Games team and is now managing the venues and awards team.
As an avid snow dweller and skier with extensive event experience this is Jo's ideal job. Managing the complexities and challenges of Freeride events is something Jo does with ease and a huge smile on her face. Jo has worn a couple of different hats within the Games team and now managers the North Face Frontier Freeride events.
Communications and Media Manager
Britt is a former Olympic Halfpipe skier who has turned her amazing skills on the snow into a career in Media and Comms. She started with the Games in 2018 as an intern and has worked her way up to a permanent part of the gang! She has also competed in the Games and competitions around the globe, giving her awesome insight and strong relationships with the top snow sports athletes. She is also the Snow Sports NZ Communications Manager, leading the team's media output on the way to and throughout the Olympics!