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Winter Games Obsidian

The Winter Games NZ are back with a new and exciting twist for 2020 and our home Kiwi athletes

Date: Weather Window August 17-19, 2020
Location: Cardrona Alpine Resort
Cost: Free to watch!
About the event:
All events are FREE to come up & watch, check out the full schedule & visit Winter Games NZ for all information

Obsidian is a content driven event that will pit three teams of New Zealand’s best freeski and snowboard athletes against each other in four events. It will take place over a ten-day weather window between the 10thand 20thof August 2020.

Event Format
Each 7 person team will comprise a mix of male and female, ski and snowboard, freeride and park athletes and will be led by a Team Captain; an experienced and strong personality. All athletes will be elite level; FWT winners, Olympic medallists and film orientated athletes at the top of their game.

The four events are:
Freeride– Classic freeride contest format based on the FWT 4* events held during WGNZ. Terrain will be heli accessed and the terrain will be epic.
Park Jam – A jam session using the rail and jib features of Cardrona Park with judges eliminating the lowest placed athletes until a winner is found. (Weather days Monday - Wednesday August 17 -19, 2020.
Big Air  –  The same jam format as the Park Jam on one of the Cardrona Park Jumps.
Mountain Shred– Each team will shred up a local resort, enhancing natural terrain to session and exploring breathtaking sidecountry. They will then create an edit of this day which will be judged.

Each team will be assigned their own film crews to capture the action and lifestyle as it unfolds both on and off the mountain.

The Big Air will be the first of the five Winter Games NZ 2020 challenges and will be held up at Cardrona Alpine Resort on Wednesday 12th August.

Watch our park athletes bringing their A game to the third jump in Cardrona's Big Bucks park. Bryon Wells and James "Woodsy" Woods will be on the mic bringing you an epic vibe. Athletes will go toe to toe in a knockout format until one athlete is left victorious and crowned the Obsidian Big Air Champion.

We will have live scoring available here so you can follow along, or if you're in Wanaka or Queenstown get on up here to watch New Zealand best athletes throwing down! 

The event will kick off at 10.30am and there will be a chill zone at the top of the course so meet your hero there!

We are assessing the weather and snow conditions on a daily basis and making decisions to ensure we give the athletes, videographers and venues the best opportunity to bring their A game and create epic content that we can share with you!

Make sure you follow along on our Social Media channels for the most up to date information.

Weather windows:

Obsidian officially kicks off tomorrow on Monday the 10th of August. We are operating within a weather window which runs from the 10th of August until the 20th of August and our four sporting events (Big Air, Park Jam, Freeride and Mountain Shred) will happen within this window. 

We are assessing the weather and snow conditions on a daily basis and making decisions to ensure we give the athletes, videographers and venues the best opportunity to bring their A game and create epic content that we can share with you!

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