Winter Games NZ will again be holding a FIS Australia New Zealand Cup programme. Coronet Peak, located a mere 25 minute drive from downtown Queenstown, is the venue for the technical Slalom and Giant Slalom racing. The athletes will fly down the course weaving and turning between the gates as they vie for the fastest time.
All cross-country skiing events at Winter Games NZ take place along the Nordic ski trails at Snow Farm NZ, near Wanaka. It is one of the most difficult endurance sports using every major muscle group and requiring exceptionally high aerobic fitness. The FIS Australian New Zealand Cup programme will include both the freestyle and classic styles.
The Winter Games NZ freestyle ski program involves halfpipe, slopestyle, big air and ski cross events. The halfpipe competition takes place in a half-cylinder-shaped course dug deep into the hill. Using speed gained on the slope, skiers come up over the lip of the pipe and perform acrobatic aerial tricks – the bigger and more difficult the better! In slopestyle, competitors perform tricks while descending the course moving around, over, across or down obstacles of varying technical difficulty including boxes, rails, jumps and jibs. In ski cross 4 athletes will duke it out over a course of mixed terrain including banked turns, jumps and other obstacles. All the freestyle ski action takes place at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
The snowboard program at this year’s Winter Games NZ is massive and includes halfpipe, slopestyle, big air, snowboard cross, parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom events! In big air, the competitors will send it over one massive kicker and throw down huge tricks landing right down by the base building, making for unbelievable spectator viewing. Snowboard cross involves a fast-paced race off down a demanding course filled with banked turns, rollers and jumps. Finally, the technical parallel slalom and giant slalom is a head to head battle where athletes race side by side through the gates. All the snowboard events are taking place at Cardrona Alpine Resort.
The ancient Scots game of curling dates back to when games were played on frozen lochs and marshes. At Winter Games NZ the curling will take place at the Southern Hemisphere’s premiere indoor curling centre in Naseby. Mixed Doubles is played on ice as two teams take turns pushing a 19.1kg stone towards a series of concentric circles called the ‘house’. The object is to get the stone as close to the centre of the circles as possible.
In 2018 The North Face Frontier will provide freeride ski and snowboard competitors more opportunity to stack up FWQ points by running both a 2* and a 4* event. With the excellent facilities and spectacular terrain of The Remarkables as the competition venue and as one of the first events of the FWQ season, The North Face Frontier hopes to attract top level competitors from all over the globe.
Winter Games are delighted to again have a three-test ice hockey series between New Zealand and Australia included in the 2018 programme. The Ice Blacks will host their Trans-Tasman rivals on 6th, 7th and 8th September at Queenstown Ice Arena