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New Zealand again has the honours of holding another world class competition

The FIS Junior World Champs Snowboard and Freestyle competition is to be held in New Zealand in August,2010.

Wanaka to host 2010 FIS Junior World Championships

All three of Wanaka’s ski areas, Cardrona, Snow Park and Treble Cone, will share the spotlight for this August’s 2010 FIS Snowboard & Freestyle Junior World Championships.

High mountains and extensive terrain, reliable snow and powder days, Lake Wanaka Winter Resort has it all and is the most preferred skiing and snowboarding resort in the Southern Hemisphere.

Typically, FIS World Championships are staged during the Northern Hemisphere winter, but with New Zealand’s growing reputation as a world-class snow sports destination, organisers are confident they’ll be able to attract full fields for the event, which is expected to include a range of off-snow events and attractions in Wanaka. After all, last year’s World Heli Challenge in Wanaka  was a huge success attracting more than 40 top snowboarders and skiers from around the world.

This event, scheduled for 19-31 August, marks the first time a FIS World Championship will be staged in New Zealand, and also marks the first time that snowboarding and freestyle skiing will share the same stage in a World Championship.

“For two weeks in August, Wanaka will be centre stage for a major international ski and snowboard competition,” said Snow Sports New Zealand CEO Ross Palmer. “It’s a great opportunity for the local ski resorts and for elite junior freestyle and snowboard athletes to showcase our sports and the region.”

Snow Park will host the slopestyle competitions for both skiers and snowboarders; Treble Cone is set to host the snowboard parallel giant slalom and snowboard parallel slalom; Cardrona will stage the ski and snowboard halfpipe, ski- and snowboard-cross and snowboard big air competitions. All three resorts are just 30 minutes drive from downtown Wanaka.

credit Mark Watson Treble Cone New Zealand

The inclusion of slopestyle competitions in both skiing and snowboarding is one of the major breakthroughs for the event. FIS has never staged a slopestyle competition for skiers and only this year staged their first snowboard slopestyle competition at the World Cup level.

“Securing the FIS Junior World Champs is a coup for our reputation as a snow sports destination, with Wanaka offering arguably the best skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand across 4 ski areas and extensive heli-ski terrain,” said Lake Wanaka Tourism General Manager James Hellmore. “Hosting these up-and-coming athletes and future stars is a great opportunity to showcase the Wanaka region, with interest from worldwide media likely to be huge. While skiing and snowboarding are key reasons for people to visit Wanaka, the whole of the Wanaka region will benefit hugely from this event.”

A finalised schedule will be announced in the next week, and posted on the Snow Sports New Zealand website (www.snowsports.co.nz).

Thanks to Aussiemystic for this great video showing the resorts of Treble Cone and Cardrona…

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