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Winter Games NZ - All You Need to Know

It's that time again – the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ kicks off at Cardrona this weekend! Here's all you need to know for the Games up at Cardrona this year...

WAIT – what's the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ?

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ is a two week long celebration of winter sports, with FIS World Cups in freeskiing, snowboarding, ski racing & para-alpine. The FIS World Cups are key qualifying events for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, so the best athletes in the world are in New Zealand to battle it out for positions on their national Olympic teams.

At Cardrona, we're hosting all the freestyle events; Freeski Slopestyle, Snowboard Slopestyle, Freeski Halfpipe & Snowboard Halfpipe. That's four World Cups in total over two weeks – it's a LOT of action & you won't want to miss it!

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Events at Cardrona

Saturday August 26

9.30am–3.15pm: Freeski Slopestyle Qualifiers
12–2pm: Red Bull DJ

Sunday August 27

12.30–2.10pm: Freeski Slopestyle Finals
12–2.40pm: DJ Stubacca (Base)
2.40pm: Freeski Slopestyle Awards Ceremony (Base)
3–5pm: Mumm Club de Neige DJ (Base)

Thursday August 31

9.15am–1.45pm: Freeski Halfpipe Qualifiers
12–2pm: Red Bull DJ (Base)

Friday September 1

11am–12.30pm: Freeski Halfpipe Finals
11am–1pm: Red Bull DJ Salmon (Base)
1pm: Freeski Halfpipe Awards Ceremony (Base)
1.15–5pm: Mumm Club de Neige DJ (Base)

Sunday September 3

9.30am–3.15pm: Snowboard Slopestyle Qualifiers

Monday September 4

12.30–2.10pm: Snowboard Slopestyle Finals
12–2.40pm: Red Bull DJ Billy Bailey (Base)
2.40pm: Snowboard Slopestyle Awards Ceremony (Base)
3–5pm: Mumm Club de Neige DJ (Base)

**SNOWBOARD HALFPIPE HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD A DAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE**

Thursday September 7 

9.10am–1.20pm: Snowboard Halfpipe Qualifiers
12–2pm: Red Bull DJ (Base)

Friday September 8

9am–12.30pm: Snowboard Halfpipe Semis & Finals
11am–1pm: Red Bull DJ Doolittle (Base)
12.30pm: On-field closing entertainment
1pm: Closing Ceremony & Snowboard Halfpipe Awards Ceremony (Base)
2–3.30pm: Mumm Club de Neige DJ (Base)
3.30–6pm: P.Digsss-Peacekeeper (Shapeshifter) VS Logg Cabin Soundsystem aka Slave (Base)

Check out the full festival schedule here.

Photo: Getty

How to watch

Watching WGNZ events on the mountain is FREE! There is a little bit of walking involved so make sure you bring sturdy footwear & plenty of layers. You can also grab a sightseeing Chondola pass for $35 if you want to save your legs & visit the top of the mountain! Please remember we are a licensed mountain so leave the beersies at home & visit the Corona Bar at the top of Whitestar or grab a craft beer on The Lounge slopeside deck at Base.

All the finals events will be shown live on TVNZ Duke & highlights on TV1. Check out the broadcast schedule here!


Athletes to watch out for

With the world's best all here for the World Cups, there are so many big names! Some key athletes to look out for are Kelly Sildaru, Jamie Anderson, Bobby Brown, James "Woodsy" Woods, Shaun White, Red Gerard & Chloe Kim.

Of course, we'll be cheering on the Kiwis, including:
Finn Bilous & Jackson Wells – Freeski Slopestyle
Beau-James Wells, Janina Kuzma, Nico Porteous & Miguel Porteous – Freeski Halfpipe
Carlos Garcia-Knight, Tiarn Collins, Christy Prior & Zoi Sadowski-Synnott – Snowboard Slopestyle

Photo: Getty

It's all on for two weeks of action-packed freeski & snowboard competition up at Cardrona. Don't miss seeing the Kiwis take on the best in the world in the buildup to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea!

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