2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

Stunning scenery, the world’s best talent and Kiwi hospitality is set to be presented to a global audience with the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ revealing its most diverse event yet and all free to view both on mountain and on ice and as well as on TVNZ’s Duke Channel.

The fifth edition of the 16-day winter sport showcase will not only feature all five of the Southern Lakes ski resorts for the first time ever but also historic ice hockey international test matches between Australia and New Zealand at the Queenstown Ice Arena.

It’s feels like a bit of a champagne moment. Being able to highlight the abundance of New Zealand’s winter sports talent and also introduce the world to our amazing venues, this is exactly why we created the Winter Games NZ.

After the unique flood-lit dual slalom which launches the Games on August 25 at Coronet Peak, attention will swing to one of the four World Cup events at Cardrona as well as mixed doubles curling at the Maniototo International Curling Rink in Naseby. The Remarkables features the new Games event, the North Face Frontier, while Treble Cone also joins the host venue family with a Para- snowboard Banked Slalom World Cup.

The high profile American men’s team have already indicated their intentions to compete in the cross-country events at the Snow Farm, which gives us real confidence that spectators will get the best chance to get up close to the top talent in the world too. People often talk about events that are so called ‘not to be missed’ but I can hand on heart say this year’s Games will reward anyone and everyone who comes to watch. The fact we have such a commitment from TVNZ this year to broadcast the Games free is a massive result for everyone’s effort.

Keep an eye out for further news and updates as we count down to the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.

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Para-Snowboard World Cup at 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ

The return of para snowboarding to the 2017 Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, with the inclusion of a World Cup Banked Slalom at Treble Cone near Wanaka for the first time, is being hailed by elite New Zealand Paralympian Carl Murphy as a coup for the sport.

Para snowboarding was last held at the 2011 Games but following the closure of Snow Park NZ the sport has been off the calendar.

In 2011 we ran a World Cup boarder cross and had intended to again in 2013 but when the Snow Park was no longer available we were unable stage  it,” said Winter Games NZ Sports Manager Iona Bentley. “It is fantastic that Treble Cone has stepped up to hold the 2017 event and exciting for the Games to be able to spread the sports programme across the major venues in the region.

Treble Cone General Manager Marketing & Sales Sophie Luther said the Para-Snowboard World Cup was a logical extension of the popular annual Treble Cone Banked Slalom.

We were looking to build on that event and at the same time were very keen to be involved with Winter Games NZ which is recognised as the premier snow sports event in the Southern Hemisphere. It seemed a perfect fit and by hosting the World Cup we can provide both New Zealand and international para athletes with the chance to train at Treble Cone and compete in a world-class event.”

She said Treble Cone strongly supported top Wanaka based para athlete Carl Murphy and the World Cup Banked Slalom was another important opportunity for him to qualify for the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea. “He is an outstanding local athlete and we are committed to assisting him where possible with his Olympic goals.

Murphy said that with the growing popularity of snowboarding on the Paralympic schedule “it is awesome to see Winter Games NZ host a World Cup on my doorstep in 2017”.

For me to be able to race a World Cup at home is very exciting. Lining up against the best para snowboarders with Wanaka in the background will be pretty motivating and I will have a slight advantage by not having to travel long distances to compete. Knowing the Treble Cone terrain so well also has its upside.

Murphy, who has made a convincing return to international competition after a break from injury, expects a strong field of international riders to attend the Games being only six months out from the 2018 Paralympics.

X Games Aspen 2015 - January 22, 2015The Treble Cone event will be a key qualifier for many riders and also signals the first races of the 2017/2018 season when everyone is looking for a solid start to the season ahead.

The addition of the Para-Snowboard World Cup Banked Slalom to the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ calendar will provide yet another opportunity to showcase Wanaka and its attractions, according to Lake Wanaka Tourism General Manager James Helmore.

Treble Cone is recognised as a great skiing and riding mountain with stunning panoramic views over Lake Wanaka and it is great to see it become part of the Winter Games NZ programme. The elite para snowboarding event will bring even more people to the town during the Games putting the spotlight further on Wanaka as a leading international winter destination.

About Audi quattro Winter Games NZ:
Internationally regarded as one of the world’s top snow sports events the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ take place in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. The Games, which will next be held from August 25 until September 10 2017, attract the world’s elite winter sports athletes including multiple Winter Olympic, Paralympic and X Games medallists and world champions in freeskiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and curling. It has also positioned New Zealand at the forefront of competitive winter sports development, playing an instrumental part in the decision to include freeskiing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. For more information visit

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Audi Quattro Winter Games NZ

The 5th edition of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ will be held from 25 August – 10 September 2017, a move which will see the event begin a week later and run a week longer than in previous years.

The move has been strongly endorsed by Queenstown and Wanaka ski areas and the tourism and accommodation sectors. Consultation with both domestic and international coaches has also been very positive. The new dates will also work better with Australian calendaring which will hopefully assist teams with their travel budgets.

2017 Provisional Schedule – Cardrona
Sat 26 – Wed 30th Aug: Slopestyle (FIS WC & WST Int)
Sat 2nd – Wed 6th Sept: Halfpipe (FIS WC & WST Int)
Thurs 7th – Mon 11th Sept: Big Air (FIS WC & WST Int)
*All event windows include a weather day

The full Winter Games NZ schedule for all sports can be downloaded here or check out our website at