The 2023 Winter Games NZ will feature the inaugural International Obsidian Challenge in 2023. Introduced in 2020, Obsidian is a unique event format that is athlete driven and focussed on showcasing the world’s best athletes competing across multiple disciplines.
The Obsidian is an athlete focused, content driven team event. Obsidian 2023 will see four 8 person (2 female ski, 2 male ski, 2 female snowboard and 2 male snowboard) teams, made up of the best athlete’s on the planet, battle it out across extraordinary freeride terrain and custom built park venues while creating epic content to share with the world. All challenges have unique formats to showcase how teams can work together across Big Air, Rails and Heli-Accessed NZ Backcountry Freestyle Challenges.
Each team will host the best of the best athletes from different regions of the globe - Oceania, Asia, Americas and Europe. These teams will be announced early August.