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 email@example.com.
FIS Freeski ANC Halfpipe – 15 August 2019
FIS Freeski ANC Slopestyle – 19 August 2019
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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.