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Freeride

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

Entries for both the 2* and 4* will open online on the Freeride World Tour website on 18 July 2019 at 12:00 CET and close on 1 August 2019 at 24:00 CET. Both events will be held at The Remarkables, Queenstown.

Every rider must be a FWQ member with a valid 2019 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.
Login for existing members
Registration for new members

Please contact Winter Games NZ Freeride Manager Toby Garland on toby@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 2019

 

Athlete Image Sharing Guidelines

Our team will provide photos for you to share on your social channels. This media is free to use providing you adhere to the guidelines in this document.

Athlete Welcome – Cancelled

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel the event based on the low number of RSVPs we had received, one week out from the event.

We are all incredibly passionate about our strategy of giving you, our athletes and teams, a unique New Zealand experience and we’re sure you are all as disappointed as we are that we won’t able to do this for you.

We’d like to thank those teams who did RSVP and extend our apologies that you are not able to experience the traditional cultural welcome. We’ll be working hard to deliver this aspect of the Games next year, so please keep an eye out for an invitation and RSVP form next time around.

Freeride

schedule and results

01Sep
  • The North Face Frontier FWQ 2*
    Icon The RemarkablesIcon 9.40amIcon Free to Watch!

The North Face Frontier is the Freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar, held in Queenstown at The Remarkables and consists of two Freeride World Tour Qualifier events. The aim for these talented skiers and snowboarders is to 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 the natural features, like rock drops and cornices. The North Face Frontier FWQ 2* will be held in Shadow Basin on the 1 September (confirmed as of Friday 30th August) and the athletes with top results will be invited to the 4* event happening just a couple of days later.

Start lists

Men’s Ski Women’s Ski

Men’s Snowboard  Women’s Snowboard

Daily Schedule

The timings for competition day are as follows:

6.30am The Remarkables: Riders desk opens – purchase lift passes (50% disc), collect Bib.
6.30am Conditions and event update on Social Media
8.00am Riders Briefing – West Wing Cafe at The Remarkables
8.20am Load Curvey Basin Chair in category order please to begin face inspection
8.20-9.20am Face Inspection
9.20am Load Shadow Basin Chair (category start order). The hike to the start line opens and mandatory equipment checks carried out. (helmet, back protection, transceiver, shovel, probe, Recco, (Recco reflectors are included in your athlete pack at bib collection.)
10.00am COMPETITION STARTS
Category order : Women Snowboard, Men Snowboard, Women Ski, Men Ski
2.00pm COMPETITION ENDS
3.00pm Award ceremony – On the terrace at The Remarkables main building.

Schedule PDF

The North Face Frontier is weather and snow condition dependent.

For the latest schedule updates please check our Facebook Page!

Result

Athlete Info

02Sep
  • The North Face Frontier FWQ 4*
    Icon The RemarkablesIcon 10amIcon Free to Watch!

The North Face Frontier is the Freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar, held in Queenstown at The Remarkables and consists of two Freeride World Tour Qualifier events. The aim for these talented skiers and snowboarders is to 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 the natural features, like rock drops and cornices. The North Face Frontier FWQ 4* will be held in the Alta Chutes and is the highest level of qualification event to get onto the Freeride World Tour. Expect to see some top level Freeride athletes laying it all on the line for a chance at an exclusive Freeride World Tour spot.

Start lists here

Schedule – 2 September 2019

8am Riders meeting
10am First category will start after face inspection
1.30pm approx Comp ends
3pm Awards

The North Face Frontier is weather and snow condition dependent.

For the latest schedule updates please check our Facebook Page!

Result

Athlete Info

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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