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    04 Apr 2017

    Big mountain to get big exposure during Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

    Excitement is brewing in the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ team with news that both the extreme sport of Big Mountain skiing and the breath-taking steep slopes of The Remarkables will feature in this year’s event with The North Face Frontier.

    That excitement is also stretching to the athletes, with the event doubling as a Freeride World Tour (FWT) Qualifying 2 star and 4 star events.

    "Having a 4 star FWQ event in NZ is a huge opportunity for freeride skiers looking to qualify for the World Tour, they can get a jump on the rest of the field with a strong result here and start their campaign on home soil, that’s a huge advantage,” said Sam Smoothy, one of New Zealand’s top Freeskiers. “Two of our major goals as an event are to showcase homegrown winter sports talent and the Southern Lakes region on the world stage, so including this event allows us to really show the strength and breadth of our snowsports industry here in NZ,” Games Sports Manager Iona Bentley added.

    Bentley also believes, that just like many of the other events being held during the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, the world’s elite will be quick to add their names to the entry list. “Kiwis have long been renowned on the international big mountain Freeride circuit for their ability to nail the toughest lines whatever the conditions, so we expect the 4 star event to draw the best athletes from around the world to compete against them on home terrain.”

    The event categories include both ski and snowboard, and will also cater for the up and coming talent though the 2 star event, like locals Alistair Garland, Hugo Cameron and Finn Duffy who have all secured a podium finish at International Freeride Junior Tour events. ‘’Having the Frontier involved in the Winter Games NZ will hopefully shine a light on an aspect of winter sport that NZ has excelled at for some time now,’’ Smoothy added.

    The North Face Frontier will run during the second week of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ from Sunday 3rd to Friday 8th of September. 

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    28 Mar 2017

    Night Ski Wednesdays in July

    Wednesday Night Ski is coming to Coronet Peak in 2017!  Coronet Peak will shine with the night sky for July, as it extends its popular Friday and Saturday Twilight and Night skiing experience.

    So 3 Peak Pass holders that means you get more Night Ski for FREE with your season pass - every Friday & Saturday night (July - Sept) and now every Wednesday in July too.

    Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager, Nigel Kerr, says this offers skiing and boarding lovers a hugely attractive mid-week option. “Where else in this part of the world can you go from a bustling town centre with diverse activities and an international airport and be night skiing or riding in less than half an hour?” he asked. “Night and Twilight skiing are more than just the extension of a day’s skiing. It is an entirely different, more magical experience, and now you have the option to do it mid-week too for all of July,” he said. “For the nine to fiver, this is the ultimate 'hump-day' night out.”  Nigel said locals who worked weekends would also love this proposition.

    “This is also for the Aucklander, Cantabrian, Wellingtonian who’s spotted attractive mid-week flights and accommodation, and wants to get as much skiing into their week away as they can. Night Skiing is also perfect for anyone who wants to sleep in and still get a day’s worth of skiing. It’s made even better by an awesome on-mountain après experience." 

    Night skiers will also be able to enjoy two new additions to the floodlit trails. Running off the side of the M1 trail Duncan’s Dance, a rolling terraced run, and the Pro Am run alongside the lower Coronet Express will be lit up for 2017 night skiing adding to the many runs on offer.

    Night skiing is included in the 3 Peak Season Pass, offering pass holders unlimited access to Coronet Peak day, twilight and night skiing, as well as unlimited access to The Remarkables on the other side of Queenstown and Mt Hutt in Canterbury, officially New Zealand’s Best Ski Resort 2015 and 2016.

    When paying as you go, an adult night ski lift pass from 4-9pm is $59, while children 6 and over are $35. A Twilight pass, which runs from 12:30pm-9.00pm, is $119 per adult and $60 for kids 6 and over. Children 5 and under are free for all passes at Coronet Peak and The Remarkables.