Both the FIS World Cup Halfpipe and the FIS ANC Halfpipe competitions take place in a half-cylinder-shaped course dug deep into the hill. Using speed gained by travelling quickly down one side of the halfpipe and then up the other, skiers come up over the lip of the pipe and perform acrobatic aerial tricks – the bigger and more difficult the better!
In the FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Slopestyle competition athletes perform tricks while descending the course moving around, over, across or down obstacles of varying technical difficulty including boxes, rails, jumps and jibs. The more variety the athlete can create with different directions of rotation and different ways of grabbing their skis, the higher they are likely to score!
Both freeski disciplines are fantastic spectator events, so take the opportunity to get up close and see these world-class athletes in high definition with your very own eyes!
Entries for the FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe are now open on the FIS Online Registration and Entry System at www.fis-ski.com.
Entry Deadline for FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe – 27 August 2019
Entries for the FIS Freeski & Snowboard Australia New Zealand (ANC) Cup Halfpipe and Slopestyle events are now open and can be made by filling out the FIS Entry Form and sending it to Winter Games NZ Freeski & Snowboard Manager Ritchie Date at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIS Freeski ANC Halfpipe – 15 August 2019
FIS Freeski ANC Slopestyle – 19 August 2019
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Tēnā koutou katoa. Nau mai haere mai! Greetings to you all. Welcome! Winter Games NZ invites all athletes, teams and officials to a mihi whakatau (Māori welcoming ceremony) to celebrate coming together for the Winter Games NZ 2019. Please join us to experience a uniquely New Zealand welcome and enjoy food prepared in a traditional hāngī (earth oven).
When: Thursday 22 August, 3.45pm
Where: Lake Wanaka Centre, 89 Ardmore Street, Wanaka
We’d love to see as many of you there as possible. More information will be sent closer to the time.
Come and watch the next generation of Freeski athletes compete in the ANC Freeski Halfpipe qualifiers presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort. These athletes will be fighting for a spot in the finals on the 27 August. The Top 10 men and Top 6 ladies from the qualifiers will progress through to the three-run final.
The Freeski Halfpipe finals presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort consists of three runs per athlete through the 22ft Olympic Superpipe (22ft) with the athletes top score counting. They perform five or six tricks per run and are judged on progression, amplitude, variety, execution and difficulty. The winner of the ANC series (of which these Freeski Halfpipe Finals are a part of) will secure themselves an exclusive spot at the FIS World Cup Halfpipe events in the coming Northern Hemisphere season.
Come and watch the next generation of up and coming Freeski Slopestyle athletes compete in the Slopestyle qualifiers presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort. The mind-blowing young athletes will make their way through a course consisting of rails and jumps, showing the judges their skills with as much variety and creativity as they can! These athletes will be fighting for a spot in the finals on the 1st of September. The Top 10 men and Top 6 ladies from the qualifiers will progress through to the three-run final.
Presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort and held in their Big Bucks Park, athletes complete three runs through the world class course with only their top scored run counting as the final result. The mind-blowing young athletes will make their way through a course consisting of rails and jumps, showing the judges their skills with as much variety and creativity as they can! The winner of the ANC series (of which these Freeski Slopestyle Finals are a part of) will secure themselves an exclusive spot at the FIS World Cup Slopestyle events in the coming Northern Hemisphere season.
The FIS Freeski World Cup Halpipe Qualfiers presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort is going to be awesome! The world’s best women and men will hit the world class superpipe and bring their A-Game to NZ. Athletes complete two runs through the 22ft Olympic superpipe (22ft) with their top score counting. They perform five or six tricks per run and are judged on progression, amplitude, variety, execution and difficulty. The Top 10 men and Top 6 women progress through to a three-run final on the Saturday but action starts with training on 4 & 5 September which is great opportunity to watch the best in the world getting warmed up for the big show!
The FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe Finals presented by Cardrona Alpine Resort will be an epic display of some of the best freeskiing in the world. The world’s best women and men will hit the 22ft Superpipe at Cardrona, bringing their A-Game to NZ. In this three run final the top 10 men and top 6 women from the qualifiers on the 6th of September will be going all out to snag the top spot and win the first World Cup of the 2019/2020 World Cup season. An absolute must see, bring a coffee and some snacks and settle in for the show!
Nico is an Olympic and X Games bronze medallist in freeski halfpipe. He made history at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, becoming NZ’s youngest Olympic medallist (16 years old), NZ’s first freeskier to earn an Olympic medal and the first male NZ athlete to medal at the Olympic Winter Games. Nico is also the 2018 Junior World Champion for freeski halfpipe. He was named Snow Sports NZ Freeskier of the Year in 2018. Nico finished in second place on the 2018-2019 Freeski Halfpipe World Cup tour rankings.
In 2016, at the age of 16, Finn won two medals for NZ at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Oslo. Finn won the Breakthrough Season category at the 2016 Snow Sports NZ Annual Awards and was a finalist for the Emerging Talent award at the 2017 Halberg Awards. Finn was named to the NZ team to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.
Ben is on the High Performance Development squad for freeski. He began skiing at Mt Ruapheu when he was six years old and loved it right from the start. His very first competition was at Snowplanet where he placed second behind HPD teammate Fraser McClellan! Ben is working hard towards his goal of qualifying for the 2020 Youth Olympic Games, and longer term to compete at the Olympic Winter Games and X Games.
Jackson represented NZ in freeski at the 2014 and 2015 FIS Junior World Champs and at the 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games. In 2017 he earned his first X Games medal and was selected to represent NZ at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.