Our skifields in world’s top 100
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.