Date: 4th August 2013
It’s winter events season in the Southern Lakes and the community calendar is chocka full of exciting activities over the next six weeks or so. Here are some highlights of both the big and smaller events, and how to get amongst it without breaking the bank:
World Heli Challenge – without being one of the competitors or crew, the challenge here is how to catch some of the action. There a number of events happening in Wanaka including free screenings of last year’s heli challenge doco. Some of the happenings are organised last minute so best to check out their Facebook page for daily updates and some great footage.
Audi Quattro Winter Games – this is the big one for the 2013 winter calendar. From the 15th to the 25th of August you can watch the world’s elite snow sports athletes vying for Olympic qualification and take part in an exciting off-snow festival programme. Most of the events are free including watching the on-snow events at Cardrona, Snow Farm and Coronet Peak.
We recommend the slopestyle and halfpipe events at Cardrona on the 16th-19th and 22nd-25th. It’s a short hike from the base building up to the halfpipe and you can catch the likes of Olympic gold medallist snowboarder Shaun White and home-grown talent such as Bex Sinclair (snowboarder) and Wanaka’s Wells brothers (skiers).
If you’re looking for something for the little ones to enjoy then the free Family Fun Day at the Remarkables is the way to go.
And If you can’t make it up the mountain then be sure to watch some of the awards ceremonies or just come and mingle at the ‘Lotto Village’ next to the Lake Wanaka Centre, or in Queenstown at Earnslaw Park.
Burton High Fives – set down for 7th – 13th of September at Cardrona Alpine Resort this is sure to be bunch of fun if last year’s event is anything to go by. There’s a lot of wow-factor attached to this one including big sponsors and big boys toys. The world’s top snowboarders take part in both high level world class halfpipe and slopestyle events and also not-so-serious antics such as rally driving, skeet shooting, jet boat racing and ATV driving. It may be hard to catch the off-snow action but the public are encouraged to come along to the halfpipe and slopestyle at Cardrona (same deal as the Winter Games). The program is yet to be released but stay tuned to their website.
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