As the ski season in the Northern Hemisphere wraps up, our friends below us begin to prepare for their season of shreddage. The Lake Wanaka ski fields in New Zealand are ready to host some of the world’s finest skiing and snowboarding events this year.
On August 19th-31st, get ready for the FIS Snowboard & Freestyle Junior World Championships–the first time New Zealand hosts a FIS World Championship. It’s also the first time snowboarding and freestyle skiing will share the same stage in a World Championship. All three Wanaka ski fields will host the event.
Board The World Magazine has a description of more to expect from Lake Wanaka this year: “Cardrona Alpine Resort will again host the Burton New Zealand Open (10-14 August) attracting the best names in the snowboarding world to battle it out on the slopestyle course and in the halfpipe. The halfpipe action continues for the FIS Halfpipe World Cup on 5 September, also at Cardrona, following a highly successful event last year.
As well as the major international competitions Wanaka’s mountains will host a variety of national and local competitions for snow sports athletes of all ages and abilities. The Cardrona Kids Cup, a fun slopestyle event, kicks off the local events calendar on 10 July followed by the Junior Slopestyle competition at Snow Park NZ. The NZ University Snow Games is set to take place at the end of August bringing students from across the country in to the region.
The mature skiers will take to the slopes (Cardrona and Treble Cone) for the Ski Masters 5-9 September for Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G events. The more daring athletes should mark the Racers Edge Big Air competition in their diary. Taking place on selected Fridays throughout the season, this event promises some spectacular action on Treble Cone’s newly built jump.
The less mainstream snow sports don’t miss out this season. The challenging sport of telemarking will grace the fields of Treble Cone for the Telemarker Takeover (25 September) while Snow Farm NZ will host a biathlon series, cross country sprint and long distance races as well as a winter triathlon.
James Helmore, General Manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism welcomes the diverse range of events and snow sports athletes to the area, “Lake Wanaka’s ski areas are making their mark as premier event hosts, attracting international and national events to the region,” he said. “Staging a variety of events in Wanaka provides a fantastic opportunity for our domestic athletes to compete against some of the world’s best and for spectators to catch some of the action and enjoy the world-class facilities.”