With New Zealand’s international borders still closed the Winter Games NZ team have opted for a small but spectacular event this year comprising the North Face Frontier 2* and 4* at The Remarkables Ski Area from 29th August to 2nd September and the Sky Big Air showcase at Cardrona Alpine Resort on 4th September.
“We are excited to have three world class events lined up for the 2021 season,” said Winter Games NZ CEO, Marty Toomey. “Delivering these events helps New Zealand athletes prepare for their northern hemisphere seasons and allows us to honour Winter Games NZ Founder Sir Eion Edgar who tragically passed away in June.”
The North Face Frontier 2* and 4* events are both Freeride World Qualifier Tour events with the events held on the best snow and weather days during the window of 29th August – 2nd September. The 2* event will be held in Shadow Basin, while the 4* event will be hosted in the Alta Chutes with Lake Alta providing an epic viewing platform.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting The North Face Frontier 2* and 4* again this year at The Remarkables. We have some of the most adventurous and fun freeride terrain in the country up here and boast awesome spectator viewing as well. We’re stoked to showcase it to some of the best freeride athletes during the Winter Games,” commented Ross Lawrence, The Remarkables Ski Area Manager.
Cardrona Alpine Resort will host the Sky Big Air showcase on the 4th of September in the world-renowned Big Bucks Park. The Sky Big Air showcase will see Freeski and Snowboard athletes hit the third jump in Big Bucks Park and performing their best combinations of tricks for the judges and spectators alike. The competition format is being co-designed with athletes to ensure they can showcase their incredible talent.
“We are really excited to be creating with Winter Games NZ such a fantastic event, despite the closed borders and the pandemic still affecting the world. We love celebrating sport and with our incredible athletes down here in New Zealand, we look forward to seeing them showcase their talent, as they prepare for the Winter Olympics,” says a thrilled Bridget Legnavsky, GM of Cardrona Alpine Resort and Treble Cone.
New Zealand snowboarding star, Olympic Bronze medalist in Big Air and 2021 FIS Slopestyle World Champion, Zoi Sadowski-Synnott is stoked to see the event on the calendar and has confirmed her attendance, alongside fellow Olympic snowboarder Tiarn Collins.
For more information on how you can join the fun at The Remarkables and Cardrona Alpine Resort keep an eye on the Winter Games NZ social media channels and website for updates.
For specific The North Face Frontier weather window updates please follow The North Face Frontier Facebook Page.
Thanks to the generous support from our supporters, we now look forward to delivering the Winter Games NZ 2021.
Broadcast Partner – Sky
Long term sponsor – The North Face
Queenstown Lakes District Council
Regional Events Fund
Cardrona Alpine Resort
The North Face Frontier 2* – Sunday 29 August – Wednesday 1 September – The Remarkables Ski Area
The North Face Frontier 4*- Monday 30th August – Thursday 2 September – The Remarkables Ski Area
Big Air Showcase – Saturday 4th September – Cardrona Alpine Resort