This week, Cardrona Alpine Resort plays host to one of the major highlights of the freeski calendar – The North Face Freeski Open of New Zealand. Slopestyle and Halfpipe events kick off on Friday the 7th of August.
Now into its 11th year, the event’s special formula combines top quality competition and a fun social atmosphere, with world-class athletes competing on the outstanding terrain lovingly maintained by the Cardrona Parks crew.
The Slopestyle and Halfpipe are classified as silver level events by the Association of Freeskiing Professionals (AFP) and athletes will be looking to bag AFP World Tour points.
Cardrona Team under the spotlight
New Zealand athletes confirmed to compete at The Freeski Open of NZ Park and Pipe events include all four Wells brothers and Cardrona Team members – Jossi, Byron, Beau-James and Jackson. Coming off successful Northern Hemisphere winters, the Wells brothers will be ones to watch in an exciting spectacle on their home turf.
The Cardrona Team is also represented in the women’s halfpipe, with Janina Kuzma vying for a top spot following her second place finish on the 2015 International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup tour.
On form international athletes to keep an eye out for in slopestyle include Swiss and British Olympians Elias Ambuhl and James Woods and the USA’s Keri Herman.
Both Slopestyle and Halfpipe are open for spectators and are free to attend, so come along and watch some of the world’s best freeskiers in an action-packed competition weekend up at Cardrona!
Competition Event Schedule
7th August – Slopestyle Qualifications
8th August – Slopestyle Finals
9th August – Halfpipe Qualifications & Finals
10th August – Weather Day