The slopes of Wanaka will see 150 student athletes representing 11 different campuses descend on the New Zealand ski town when the University Snow Games kick off on Sunday, August 29th.
“University snow sport clubs have been battling it out on the slopes for over 40 years and 2010 will be no exception,” said University Sport New Zealand national event manager and games director Dene Lynch. “This is the first time we’ve held the event across three mountains. It’s great to be able to encompass the whole snow scene in Wanaka and experience the unique terrain each field offers.”
Auckland University has the biggest team heading south with 44 competitors, followed closely by Otago University with 41. Teams from Canterbury, Lincoln, Massey Albany, Massey Palmerston North, Massey Wellington, Otago Polytechnic, Victoria, Waikato and the Queenstown Resort College (QRC) have also registered.
Despite having one of the smallest teams, QRC boasts some of the most seasoned competitors with Winter Olympians Mitchey Greig and Sarah Murphy among the ranks.
Students will strive for medals in a host of events while the campus with the highest point total will secure the coveted Michael Forrestal Memorial Shield.
Competition begins on Sunday with the ski slalom and Burton giant slalom at Treble Cone, followed by the skier x and Burton boarder X events at Cardrona on Monday. Treble Cone hosts the ski giant slalom on Tuesday with the Emberley Night Session planned for the Snow Park.
After a scheduled weather day on Wednesday, the action continues with the Mad Wax ski and Burton board half pipe and slopestyle events at the Snow Park on Thursday and the Big Air on Friday. The Snow Farm will host cross country skiing on Friday afternoon.