Winter Games NZ is thrilled to announce the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest snow sports event is back in 2023. The Games will include 14 events across alpine, freeride and freestyle (park and pipe) disciplines between the 25th August and 8th September.
Cardrona Alpine Resort, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables will host the best of the world's snow sports athletes, as well as welcoming the Junior Park & Pipe athletes to the FIS Park & Pipe Junior World Championships.
In addition to a stacked traditional schedule, Winter Games NZ will also hold the inaugural International Obsidian Challenge from 9th – 16th of September. The International Obsidian Challenge is an athlete focused team event and will see teams made up of the best freeski and snowboard athletes representing Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, battle it out for bragging rights across custom built terrain park venues and extraordinary freeride terrain.
“We are excited to host the FIS Park & Pipe Junior World Championships at Cardrona Alpine Resort, alongside an increased FIS ANC Alpine programme and our thrilling North Face Frontier 2* and 4* Freeride World Qualifier events at The Remarkables"
“We love showcasing Aotearoa New Zealand to the world and encourage as many people as possible to watch our events unfold 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 the Southern Lakes world class ski areas, the 2023 Winter Games NZ will be quite the celebration.”
The events will kick off with Alpine Ski racing at Coronet Peak on Sunday the 27th August. There will be two FIS Super G Continental Cup races on day one, followed by two days of FIS Giant Slalom Continental Cup races on the 28th and 29th of August and two days of FIS Slalom Continental Cup races on the 31st of August and the 1st of September.
Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe, Big Air and Slopestyle events will showcase the best of junior talent globally, with the FIS Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Big Air Junior World Championships all happening at Cardrona Alpine Resort between the 29th of August and the 8th of September.
Fan and athlete favourite, The North Face Frontier is back between Saturday 2nd and Friday 8th September, at The Remarkables. The event will be hosted within a 7-day weather window with the two best snow and weather days identified for the action.
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.
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