Our ski­fields in world’s top 100

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

South­ern ski­fields have made it into a top 100 of the world’s best runs in an overview by CNN. The Amer­i­can tele­vi­sion net­work polled top skiers and snow­board­ers, ask­ing ath­letes to name their favourite runs, parks and re­sorts around the world. At num­ber 17 was the Ex­change run at Coronet Peak, de­scribed as New Zealand’s old­est and low­est-al­ti­tude re­sort. ‘‘On pow­der days, ex­perts head to Ex­change Drop, which can be found at the top of the Rocky Gully T-bar lift. New Zealand’s na­tional ski team trains on it,’’ the en­try said. At num­ber 96 was the Mo­tat­apu Chutes at Tre­ble Cone, an ‘‘ex­pert-only’’ run that starts at the top of the Sad­dle Basin chair­lift. ‘‘New Zealand’s top freestyle skiers and snow­board­ers love the varied ter­rain, which in­cludes pow­der-filled bowls, nar­row couloirs and drops.’’ The top three runs in the poll were The Stash in Avo­riaz, France, Dave Mur­ray Down­hill in Whistler, Bri­tish Columbia and Ventina in Cervinia, Italy.

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