Dust off your skis, there's a fun event looming…

To all you in the northern hemisphere who have packed away your skis and snowboards in mothballs for the next few months… well unearth them, blow off the dust, and prepare for the North Face Peak 2 Peak Southern Traverse event in July…. the event where individuals and/or teams of two to five people race by ski/ snowboard, mountain bike, kayak, foot and road bike from the top of the Remarkables Ski Area to the top of Coronet Peak.

We are, of course, talking about New Zealand here… and hey, July is summertime in the northern hemisphere and this event is MUCH more fun than lying comatose on a beach somewhere!!!

The course lies between two snow covered mountains, with steep gravelled and tarmac access roads – linking the ski areas, State Highways and tarmac rural roads, QLDC Reserve, public walking/cycling tracks, and the Lakes Wakatipu and Hayes and its aim is to link the two mountains – from the top of the Remarkables to the top of Coronet Peak.

This is the 17th consecutive year that the event has been held and it is open to individuals either man or woman, veterans or juniors and also to teams either open, business, schools or veterans.

The Race:

Stage 1: Ski/Board 2km
High on the Remarkables Ski Area. A mass start – run down to skis. Actual start determined by snow cover

Stage 2: Mtn Bike 17km
Down Remarkables road to Frankton Beach

Stage 3: Paddle 7km
Frankton Beach to Queenstown Bay

Stage 4: Run 9km
From Queenstown Beach, through town and out to Coronet Alpine Hotel

Stage 5: Bike 9km
From Coronet Alpine Hotel to the finish at the Coronet Peak Ski Area base

There are a few rules and regulations:

Ski: Competitors must be wearing a helmet (a normal snow helmet,bike helmets also accepted). Competitors must arrange for ski equipment to be brought down off the Remarkables. Note: competitors must go on the chairlift immediately after the briefing, before 11.45am.
Kayak: Kayaks may be dropped at Frankton Beach, with security from 9.30am. Life jackets must be worn on paddle section. Boats must have buoyancy installed. Helmets not required
Bike: Any bike may be used for Stage 5 up to Coronet Peak
Bibs: Non return of bibs will incur a $30 charge
Support Crew: Limited to 2 cars per individual/team. Snow chains recommended. NO Stopping on highways to assist/watch competitors, and restricted stopping (only in Chain Bays) on Coronet Peak access road. Please drive with care and safety at all times.

You can download the full briefing sheet here: Competitors briefing sheet

If you wanna do it and need to register, follow this link:  try Form

Last year the event attracted 50 individual competitors and 67 teams and was held in cold but sunny, clear conditions. Race Director Geoff Hunt said a highly talented field competed and there were some excellent individual results. “Dougal Allen was going to be hard to beat after taking the lead on the run. As the winner in 2007 he knew what was expected of him if he wanted to take the title again.”

Allan won again and was pleased with his win. “Conditions were perfect but skiing for me was definitely the hardest leg…”

The goal this year is going to be…. to beat Dougal Allen!

The event will be held regardless of the weather conditions:  come snow or shine, hell or highwater…

However, if severe weather conditions are predicted for the big day, then Southern Traverse, the organisers, will delay it until the following day. In case of a postponement, all race timings will remain the same.

I received this link in the comments section and have added it to my article for those of you wondering where to stay for this event: I hope that helps…


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