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New Zealand welcomes the World Rookie Tour for the second year!

Get ready rookies! The 2018/ 2019 World Rookie Tour season has officially begun with the New Zealand Rookie Fest from the 14th to the 16th of August!

Following last year’s success, the Black Yeti returns to New Zealand for the second consecutive year! From Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 August the amazing Cardrona Alpine Resort in Wanaka will host some of the world’s best under eighteen snowboarders and give them the opportunity to show their incredible skills and win a qualify spot in the legendary 2019 World Rookie Tour Final in Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.

Riders who are born in 2003, 2002 and 2001 and entered in the FIS NZ Freestyle Open will automatically be entered in NZ Rookie Fest and can earn points on the World Rookie Tour points lists.


The Slopestyle qualifications will be held on Tuesday 14 August and the finals on Wednesday 15 August. The Halfpipe will be in the 22ft Olympic Superpipe on Thursday 16 August.

Don’t miss this opportunity and sign up now! Click here to find all the info about the competition. To participate to NZ Rookie Fest, fill the form here.

IMPORTANT: if you are a FIS competitor entered in the FIS NZ Freestyle Open you are automatically entered in this competition!

2018 New Zealand Rookie Fest Schedule

Monday August 13
6:00pm-8:00pm: Team Captains Meeting at Snow Sport New Zealand office – 78 Anderson Rd, Wanaka

Tuesday August 14: Slopestyle, Qualifiers
7:00am Snow reports
8.30am Lifts open
9:00am – 9:40am Course Inspection/ Training all
9:40am – 3:00pm Qualifications, ladies and men
3:00pm Coaches meeting, bottom of course after final competition

Wednesday August 15: Slopestyle, Finals
7:00am Snow reports
8.30am Lifts open
9:00am – 9:50am Course Inspection/ Training all
10:00am – 12:25pm Finals ladies
12:30pm – 12:45pm Training Men’s finals
12:45pm – 2:30pm Finals Men
3:30pm Awards ceremony, Courtyard

Thursday August 16: Halfpipe Qualifiers and Finals
7:00am Snow reports
8.00am Lifts open for competitors
8:30am – 9:05am Training
9:10am – 12:20am Qualifications Ladies and Men
12:20pm – 1:10pm Training Finals All
1:10pm – 2:25pm Finals Ladies and Men
3:00pm Awards ceremony, Courtyard
Note: Final schedule to be announced at Team Captains Meeting

Friday August 17

If you need further information, please contact:

Luke Hetzel (Snow Sports NZ and Entries) +64 021 0838 2997
Graham Dunbar (Cardrona Alpine Resort) +64 027 543 9779
Carly Parker (Chief of Competition) +64 022 640 2035


World Rookie Fest (SS) – Valle Nevado, Chile 9.14 August 2018
New Zealand Rookie Fest (SS+HP) – Cardrona, New Zealand 14.16 August 2018

Corvatsch Rookie Fest (SS) – Corvatsch, Switzerland 12.16 December 2018
World Rookie Fest (SS) – Livigno, Italy 12.16 January 2019
World Rookie Finals (SS+HP) – Kitzsteinhorn – Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria 25.30 March 2019

Many other events will be announced soon! Stay Tuned!