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World’s best set to descend on New Zealand for the 2024 Winter Games NZ

July 03, 2024

Winter Games NZ is excited to confirm an extensive program in 2024, including the first FIS World Cup events held in New Zealand since 2019. Ten world class events are set to be held across alpine, freeride and park and pipe disciplines between the 23rd of August and the 9th of September in Queenstown and Wānaka.

Finn Bilous dropping in at Cardrona Alpine Resort at the 2023 Winter Games NZ.
Finn Bilous drops in during the Obsidian contest at the 2023 Winter Games NZ. Winter Games NZ

The 2024 Winter Games NZ will kick off with the much anticipated The North Face Frontier 2* and 4* Freeride World Qualifier events at New Zealand’s home of freeride, The Remarkables ski area in Queenstown. The action will then head across the Wakatipu Basin to Coronet Peak, where two high octane FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Giant Slalom and two FIS Australia New Zealand Cup Slalom races will be held.

The Winter Games are one of the few contests to host both freeride and freestyle events. Fynn Powell sends it at the 4-star contest at The Remarkables. Winter Games NZ
“I am delighted that we are once again preparing to deliver the largest snow sports event in the Southern Hemisphere. Winter Games NZ provides fantastic opportunities for homegrown athletes, while showcasing the incredible facilities at our local resorts. We are excited to invite the best snow sports athletes in the world back to Aotearoa New Zealand.”
Marty Toomey, Winter Games NZ CEO

The FIS freeski and snowboard park and pipe program at Cardrona Alpine Resort is comprised of four competitions, including two FIS Australia New Zealand Cups (snowboard halfpipe and freeski slopestyle) and two FIS World Cups (snowboard slopestyle and freeski halfpipe).

The FIS World Cups mark the beginning of the journey to the Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic Winter Games as the first events in the global FIS calendar that count towards Olympic qualification.

Gustav Legnavsky competes in halfpipe at the 2022 Winter Games NZ. Winter Games NZ
“Winter Games NZ has confirmed two World Cup competitions that balance out the global Park and Pipe World Cup calendar, allowing all athletes to start the 2026 Winter Olympic qualification process with the best possible scenario. Visiting New Zealand has always been special with a great vibe, we are all looking forward to travelling down to New Zealand once again."
Roby Moresi, FIS Contest Director Park & Pipe

To view the full programme please click here. Winter Games NZ events are free of charge to attend as spectators, and for those who can’t make it in person Winter Games NZ will be providing extensive digital coverage via their social media channels and website www.wintergamesnz.kiwi.