WORLD' S BEST AT Win­ter Games

The world's best will con­verge on Cen­tral Otago and the South­ern Lakes for the 2017 Games

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he audi quat­tro Win­ter Games NZ is billed as one of the most pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional win­ter sports events out­side the Win­ter Olympics and the 2017 event will show­case the most di­verse sports pro­gramme since the in­au­gu­ral Games in 2009.

lead­ing ath­letes from around the world will con­verge on cen­tral Otago and south­ern lakes for this year’s Games sched­uled for au­gust 25 - septem­ber 9, many chas­ing cov­eted places rep­re­sent­ing their coun­tries at the Win­ter Olympics in pyeongchang in south Korea in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

Win­ter Games NZ ceO arthur Klap says the 2017 Games will be a sig­nif­i­cant draw­card with a solid pro­gramme in place in­clud­ing two FIs Freeski and two FIs snow­board World cups at cardrona alpine Re­sort.

“For the first time ever all the ski ar­eas in cen­tral Otago— coronet peak, The Re­mark­ables, cardrona alpine Re­sort, Tre­ble cone and the snow Farm—will host events high­light­ing the re­gion and en­hanc­ing the Games’ rep­u­ta­tion for pro­vid­ing qual­ity, in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.”

ad­di­tions to this year’s tra­di­tional sports sched­ule of freeski and snow­board, alpine, para-alpine, cross-coun­try and curl­ing events in­clude The North Face Fron­tier Big Moun­tain con­test at The Re­mark­ables, a para-snow­board World cup Banked slalom at Tre­ble cone and a three-test ice-hockey se­ries be­tween the Ice Blacks and aus­tralia at the Queen­stown Ice arena.

The Fron­tier which is a 4* Freeride World Qual­i­fier (FWQ) event will at­tract some of the world’s best freeride ath­letes in­clud­ing prom­i­nent Kiwi sam lee of Wanaka who took out the North Face Fron­tier last year, qual­i­fy­ing him for the 2017 Freeride World Tour (FWT). Women’s ti­tle­holder el­iz­a­beth Ger­rit­sen of switzer­land is also ex­pected to re­turn to de­fend her 2016 ti­tle.

“One of Win­ter Games NZ’s ma­jor goals is to ex­pose both Kiwi win­ter sports tal­ent and the south­ern lakes re­gion glob­ally and by in­clud­ing the Fron­tier we can demon­strate the strength of New Zealand’s snows­ports in­dus­try and its ath­letes,” says Klap.

The in­clu­sion of in­ter­na­tional ice hockey in the 2017 sched­ule ful­fils a long held am­bi­tion for Win­ter Games NZ or­gan­is­ers.

“It’s some­thing we had in our ini­tial plan­ning,” says Klap, “but it’s taken un­til now to get it to fruition. The fact that it is go­ing ahead is thanks to the ef­forts of both the New Zealand and aus­tralian Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tions.”

Klap has sig­nalled that the Trans-Tas­man clash will be­come an in­te­gral part of fu­ture audi quat­tro Win­ter Games NZ pro­grammes.

“We hope, along with the Ice Hockey Fed­er­a­tion, that this is some­thing we can grow over the years with the Games pro­vid­ing the back­drop for the reg­u­lar test se­ries be­tween the two coun­tries.”

New Zealand’s best ice hockey tal­ent will be on show dur­ing the se­ries and NZ Ice Hockey league pres­i­dent Gun­ther Birgel says be­ing of­fi­cially part of the Win­ter Games will raise aware­ness of the sport and give it a lot more ex­po­sure.

adding para-snow­board­ing to the Win­ter Games NZ pro­gramme is a coup for the sport, ac­cord­ing to Kiwi par­a­lympian carl Mur­phy.

“With the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of snow­board­ing on the par­a­lympic sched­ule it’s awe­some to see the Games host a World cup right on my doorstep. lin­ing up with the world’s best para-snow­board­ers with Wanaka in the back­ground will be pretty mo­ti­vat­ing. The Tre­ble cone event will be a key qual­i­fier for many riders with the Olympics com­ing up in 2018.”

The FIs snow­board and Freeski World cups, fea­tur­ing both slopestyle and half­pipe com­pe­ti­tion will put many top Kiwi ath­letes, who have clocked out­stand­ing re­sults in the North­ern Hemi­sphere win­ter, on cen­tre stage.

The Wanaka Wells fam­ily of Jossi, By­ron, Beau-James and Jack­son will fly the flag for New Zealand freeski­ing along with other lo­cal ath­letes Miguel and Nico por­te­ous, Finn Bilous and sochi Olympic women’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jan­ina Kuzma.

snow­board­ing also has an elite New Zealand line-up in Tiarn collins, car­los Gar­cia-Knight and sochi Olympian christy prior. Up-and-com­ing 15-year-old Zoi sad­owski-syn­ott of Wanaka is ear­marked as a top con­tender.

curl­ing mixed dou­bles makes its de­but in pyeongchang in 2018 and the de­mand for places at the Win­ter Games from high cal­i­bre teams from all over the world will cre­ate un­prece­dented com­pe­ti­tion at Naseby’s Man­iototo In­ter­na­tional Ice Rink.

“With six of the top ten ranked teams in the world signed up, the tal­ent on show and level of com­pe­ti­tion will be the best we have ever seen,” says Win­ter Games sports man­ager Iona Bent­ley. “There is ob­vi­ously pres­sure for high-qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion in the lead up to the Win­ter Olympics and we’re in a great po­si­tion to be able to host that given we are six months out from pyeongchang.”

High­lights of the sixteen-day Win­ter Games NZ pro­gramme will be the open­ing cer­e­mony at coronet peak fea­tur­ing a dual slalom un­der flood lights con­tested by top in­ter­na­tion­ally ranked alpine skiers while the clos­ing cer­e­mony at cardrona, head­lined by the FIs World cup snow­board Half­pipe, will be an ab­so­lute crowd puller, ac­cord­ing to Klap.

“These cer­e­monies are spec­tac­u­lar and very much de­signed to in­volve spec­ta­tors. We en­cour­age ev­ery­one, with an in­ter­est in win­ter sports or not, to make the ef­fort to at­tend the open­ing and clos­ing fix­tures. Both coronet peak and cardrona are very ac­ces­si­ble and the en­ter­tain­ment planned, along with the high stan­dard of on-snow com­pe­ti­tion, will pro­vide vis­i­tors with a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence of the Win­ter Games NZ.”

Through­out the Games medal cer­e­monies, fol­low­ing each com­pe­ti­tion, will be held at in­di­vid­ual venues which Klap says is yet an­other op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to par­tic­i­pate.

“With the Games be­ing one of the last ma­jor com­pe­ti­tions be­fore the 2018 Win­ter Olympics world-class ath­letes will com­pete with lead­ing Ki­wis in a bid to gain valu­able Olympic qual­i­fy­ing points. The award cer­e­monies are an un­ri­valled chance for peo­ple to ‘get up close and per­sonal’ with some of the world’s best win­ter sports­peo­ple as they ap­pear on the podium.”

Alta has been around the Queen­stown Snow­board scene for over two decades now with the last 6 years in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion on Duke St. With prob­a­bly the big­gest range of Snow­boards in town we have some­thing to suit ev­ery­one.

Whether you are hit­ting the big line in the park or a first timer we have the gear for you. Our Alta team have been rid­ing for decades and have the knowl­edge to sort ev­ery­one out with their snow re­quire­ments for the sea­son. It’s im­por­tant to us to make sure we are putting our cus­tomers in the right gear for them and giv­ing them any ad­vice we can so they can ex­pe­ri­ence an amaz­ing time on the slopes.

Along with our tra­di­tional hard­ware brands we have al­ways stocked (K2, Ride, Bateleon, Thirty Two) we have added Nitro to our sta­ble and are su­per stoked. Nitro is re­ally hit­ting the mark with ev­ery­thing they do.

Alta is go­ing strong this year on the Ski front too. In just our sec­ond year of do­ing Ski we have seen mas­sive growth. As well as a mas­sive range of K2 we are ex­clu­sive stock­ists of Line skis and Full Tilt boots.

The gog­gle/hel­met/ac­ces­sories range at Alta is sec­ond to none. There's some great new tech out this year with Smiths Chromapop lens which in­crease clar­ity re­duc­ing eye fa­tigue. As well as their AC (Ath­lete Col­lec­tion) fea­tur­ing Pro Mod­els.

Come in and see us and we’ll do our best to help you get the most out of the win­ter sea­son.

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