With just 27 days to go until the Audi quattro Winter Games, the FIS Continental Cup Freeski & Snowboard Slopestyle and Halfpipe are on this weekend at Cardrona as warm up events for the Games. The Continental Cup is seen as a golden opportunity for young athletes, such as the Snow Sports NZ Talent Development Squad, to earn valuable points for FIS World Cup competitions and set them on an international competitive pathway.
“It’s a good opportunity for first time FIS competitors to earn points for Northern Hemisphere events or perhaps earn enough points to compete at the Winter Games at the end of the month,” said Adam Dooney of Snow Sports New Zealand.
Young athletes competing
Cardrona Parks Squad coach, Mitch Brown, confirms that five Snow Sports Development Team snowboard athletes will be competing this weekend, including Zoi Sadowski Synnott, Lachland Blackmore, Ronan Thompson, Fletcher Craig and Tian Collins. For some of these young athletes it will be their first taste of an FIS event.
Mitch reports that Cardrona’s Big Bucks Park is in fine form: “It’s in tip top condition, a world class course. The park boys have done a great job.”
The athletes themselves are amped for the weekend. “The park and pipe is on point,” said Fletcher Craig. Ronan Thompson is stoked on the park, especially the Whale Tail feature and Lachie Blackmore reckons the “jumps are in perfect condition.”
Cardrona Parks video
See for yourself how good Cardrona Parks are looking, video taken in Big Bucks Park earlier this week:
More about these events
The FIS Continental Cup Freeski and Snowboard Slopestyle is at Cardrona on Saturday 25th July, in Big Bucks Park, starting at 9am.
The FIS Continental Cup Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe is at Cardrona on Sunday 26th July, in the Olympic Superpipe, starting at 9am.
More details at Snow Sports NZ.