Lake Wanaka ski fields take centre stage once again to host a number of exciting international and national ski and snowboard events this winter season.
Young snowboarders and skiers from across the world will descend on Wanaka in August, 19th -31st for the 2010 FIS Snowboard & Freestyle Junior World Championships. This is the first time a FIS World Championship will be staged in New Zealand, and also marks the first time snowboarding and freestyle skiing will share the same stage in a World Championship, the event is to be staged at all three Wanaka ski fields.
Cardrona Alpine Resort will once again be hosting the highly successful Burton New Zealand Open, 10th -14th August, attracting the best names in the snowboarding world to battle it out on the slopestyle course and in the halfpipe.
The FIS Halfpipe World Cup will be on the 5th September, also at Cardrona, following the hugely successful event last year.
As well as the international competitions, there are a host of local and national ones too.
James Helmore, General Manager of Lake Wanaka Tourism welcomes the diverse range of events and snow sports athletes to the area, “Lake Wanaka’s ski areas are making their mark as premier event hosts, attracting international and national events to the region,” he said. “Staging a variety of events in Wanaka provides a fantastic opportunity for our domestic athletes to compete against some of the world’s best and for spectators to catch some of the action and enjoy the world-class facilities.”
The Lake Wanaka mountain resort is fast becoming known as the most preferred skiing and snowboarding resort in the Southern Hemisphere. High mountains and extensive terrain, reliable snow and powder days have ensured its popularity. And now with all the international competitions taking part here, giving the northern hemisphere skiers an opportunity to limber up before their season begins, the four ski resorts of Cardrona, Treble Cone, Snow Park NZ & Snow Farm are firmly on the map.
Cardrona has 320 hectares of wide, undulating trails and great snow. With a base elevation of 1,670m above sea level, Cardrona is higher and colder than the others and is renowned for getting great snow with snowmaking if natural means don’t come up to scratch. It also has a playground to test and develop your skills. Three terrain parks and up to four half pipes means they offer freestyle heaven to boarders and skiers from all round the world.
The free riding and off piste skiing at Treble Cone is legendary, with powder snow unrivaled in NZ. It is the largest ski area on South Island and boasts some of the most exhilarating terrain and longest groomed trails. TC is an all-round resort with terrain for beginners through to adrenaline charged slopes for advanced skiers that will challenge even the most accomplished skiers and snowboarders.
Snow Park, on the other hand, is a resort purely dedicated to providing the most innovative freestyle terrain in the southern hemisphere. The dream was to build a resort which would foster the progression of rider’s skills, with perfectly designed and maintained features catering for beginners through to advanced.
And Snow Farm is dedicated to cross-country pursuits with 55km of some of the most well prepared trails in the world, groomed and snow fenced to give the best possible conditions. The trails have been designed with all levels of cross country skie in mind, whether young or old, beginner or expert.
And all 4 resorts are blessed with stupendous views. What more could you possibly want?
Ah, yes, for the serious thrill seekers perhaps some heli-skiing? they have that too, exclusive to Mt Aspiring National Park. Backcountry Helicopters (BCH) will take you on an adventure through some of the world’s most spectacular terrain where you will be guided by professionals on mountains that will set your heart racing.
New Zealand ski is here to stay.