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LATEST NEWS: Winter Games NZ 2021 has sadly been cancelled due to the uncertainty around the Covid level restrictions. But we will be back in 2022!


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The North Face Frontier is the freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar and is held at The Remarkables, Queenstown. Both the 2* and 4* events are on the Freeride World Qualifier circuit and provide top athletes with the opportunity to gain valuable points and qualify for the Freeride World Tour.

About Freeride

These talented skiers and snowboarders ride from the top to the bottom of the natural (ungroomed) face with as much fluidity, style and speed as possible while performing tricks on natural features, like rock drops and cornices.

The two events are impressive to watch and are guaranteed to give you that heart in your mouth feeling as they launch off the top. 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.

The 2* event precedes the 4* event with the events held on the best weather and snow conditions days during the window of 29th August – 2nd September.

The 2* event is held in Shadow Basin, while the 4* event is hosted in the Alta Chutes with an epic base camp set up below. The Winter Games NZ team, North Face and The Remarkables will be hosting at the base camp so come along to join the fun of freeride.

The North Face Frontier 2* – Sunday 29 August – Wednesday 1 September
The North Face Frontier 4*- Monday 30th August – Thursday 2 September

You can keep up to date with when the competitions will be held and how you can be part of the action via The North Face Frontier Facebook Page


In light of the nationwide lockdown and ongoing uncertainty around Covid alert levels Winter Games NZ 2021 has been cancelled.


The North Face Frontier – Freeride World Qualifier 2* and 4* Athletes – 2021 INFO

Entries for both the 2* and 4* will open online on the Freeride World Tour website on 15 July 2021 at 12:00 CET and close on 1 August 2021 at 24:00 CET. Both events will be held at The Remarkables, Queenstown.

Every rider must be a FWQ member with a valid 2021 license in order to sign up for the event/s. These licenses can be purchased through the FWQ online registration platform. Once logged in you can sign up for the event.
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Registration for new members

Please contact Winter Games NZ Freeride Manager Jo Guest on jo@wintergamesnz.kiwi with any questions you may have. Our team is here to help.

Athlete Invitation

Entry Deadline for The North Face Frontier 2* & 4* Freeride World Qualifiers – 1 August 2021


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schedule and results

Jess Hotter

Jess grew up shredding the slopes of Turoa. In 2019 she topped the Freeride World Qualifier Tour rankings and earned her place on the Freeride World Tour.

Career highlights: 1st place 2019 FWQ Nendaz Freeride 4*,  1st place 2019 FWQ The North Face Frontier 4*, 1st place 2019 FWQ Open Faces Silvretta Montafon 4*

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Blake Marshall

Winning a Freeride World Qualifier on his home mountain was exactly the motivation Blake Marshall needed to  take the next step in his competitive skiing career. The Queenstown local is now set to take on the Freeride World Tour in 2020.

Career highlights: Winning The North Face Frontier 4* FWQ at the Winter Games NZ 2019

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Craig Murray

This rising star of the freeride world first got on skis somewhere around the age of two and spent his formative years ripping around the Canterbury club fields. Craig made his way through the ranks of the New Zealand Junior Freeride Tour, the Freeride World Junior Tour and the Freeride World Qualifier Tour (FWQ), qualifying to compete on the 2018 Freeride World Tour (FWT) where he claimed two podium finishes.

Career highlights: 2nd place FWT Final Verbier 2018; 2nd place FWT Vallnord-Arcalis, Andorra; Qualifying for 2018 FWT; Winner Hochfugen 4* FWQ and Open Faces Obergurgl-Hochgurgl 4* FWQ, 2017; Junior Freeride World Tour Champion 2016

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