New Zealand's Southern Alps are white, pristine and ready to welcome international snow sport athletes to the 2019 Winter Games held in Queenstown, Wanaka and Naseby.
The 2019 Winter Games will be the seventh edition and the second of a new schedule which sees this international snow sport event rolled out on an annual basis.
The Games have become the highlight event of the southern hemisphere ski season calendar, offering world-class competition and high-energy spectator sports in one of New Zealand’s most popular adventure destinations.
The Games attract many world-class athletes who will join leading Kiwi winter athletes in one of the most incredible backdrops in the world.
The winter sport showcase will run from 23 August – 7 September 2019. The centrepiece of the Games is the FIS World Cup Snowboard Big Air and FIS World Cup Freestyle Ski Halfpipe, as well as Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle FIS Australia New Zealand Cups (ANC’s). The Winter Games NZ is proud to attract 6 out of the top 10 athletes in each of the World Cup disciplines and predict a talented field of internationals for the ANC competitions.
The North Face Frontier is the Freeride event within the Winter Games NZ calendar, held in Queenstown at The Remarkables and is a Freeride World Tour Qualifier with both 2* and 4* events providing top athletes the opportunity to gain valuable FWT points.
Coronet Peak will host an exciting Alpine ski racing programme with FIS Australia New Zealand Cups (ANC) in Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super G races along with Para Super G races. Cardrona Alpine Resort, the home of the New Zealand Ski and Snowboard Adaptive Team will host Para Alpine Slalom and Giant Slalom events.
A world-class international Mixed Doubles Curling tournament will be competed for at the Maniototo International Curling Rink in Naseby.
The FIS ANC cross country events will be held at the Snow Farm and the Queenstown Ice Arena will host the Queenstown Resort College Trans-Tasman ice hockey challenge between the NZ Ice Blacks and the Australian Mighty Roos.
Kicking off in style
Winter Games NZ will open this year's event with a dramatic Night Parallel Slalom staged under floodlights, featuring top skiers from New Zealand and around the world at Coronet Peak.
Watch the exciting racing and enjoy the great party atmosphere, with Night Skiing, live music and fireworks.
The Games will officially begin the next day with the FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air to be held at nearby Cardrona Alpine Resort.
Big names come to compete in New Zealand
Some of the world's best names are confirming their entries for the FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air and the FIS Freeski World Cup Halfpipe which run as part of the Winter Games. World number ones, Olympic gold medalists and some Winter Games' favourites will hit the New Zealand slopes looking for glory.
Give it a go
After the aerial acrobatics of the competitors have wowed the crowds, it would be a shame not to test out New Zealand's best slopes for yourself.
Cardrona, Coronet Peak, Snow Farm and The Remarkables will remain open to the public during the Games. All four ski areas are close to the ski resort towns of Queenstown and Wanaka, and each offers slopes to suit all ability levels.
For the more adventurous powder seekers, the Southern Alps has some of the best heli-skiing in the world with an incredible backdrop of rugged landscapes and natural beauty.
There are daily flights from all major city centres around New Zealand into Queenstown Airport. There are direct international flights just 3 hours from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Accommodation in Queenstown and Wanaka ranges from luxury lodges and 5 star hotels to motels, budget and backpackers.