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Audi Quattro Winter Games 2017 - one month to go!

The Audi quattro Winter Games return to New Zealand’s Southern Alps in spring 2017! Running for 16 days from late August to mid-September, this prestigious – and amazing to watch - international winter sports event attracts leading athletes from around the world.

The Audi quattro Winter Games (25August – 9 September) attract leading athletes from around the world, all chasing places to represent their countries at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018. 

If you’re planning on visiting Queenstown for some spring skiing, make sure you head along to the Games for an exciting and diverse winter sports programme, world class athletes, and best of all it’s free to watch! 

For visitors to Queenstown, this means free access to watch epic winter sports competitions, with athletes competing in events such as freeski and snowboard slopestyle and half pipe, cross country and alpine-skiing, curling, and for the first time ever, the inclusion of ice hockey in the schedule. The three games between the Ice Blacks and Australia will be played at Queenstown’s Ice Arena on 7, 8 and 9 September. Make sure you get your tickets, these games will have an incredible atmosphere!

Other highlights of the event will be the opening ceremony at Coronet Peak on Friday 25 August, featuring a dual slalom under the night ski floodlights.  If you have always wanted to see skiers perform acrobatic and aerial tricks, the FIS Freeski World Cup Slopestyle Qualifiers and Finals are also a must watch on 26 and 27 August at Cardrona Alpine Resort.

The games have a strong commitment to Para snow sports and the Para Banked Slalom Southern Hemisphere Cup & World Cup will be held at Treble Cone on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 of September.

The North Face Frontier at The Remarkables. Image Neil Kerr

The North Face Frontier at The Remarkables. Image Neil Kerr

The North Face Frontier returns to The Remarkables (Sunday 3 – Friday 8 September allowing for weather days) and is free to watch. Included as part of the Games this year, the four star free world qualifier event, will be a big drawcard for athletes and spectators alike on the Alta chutes. You will need a lift pass for The Remarkables if you want to take the chairlift up to access Lake Alta.

The closing ceremony will wrap up the games in style at Cardrona Alpine Resort on 9 September, with the FIS World Cup Snowboard Half Pipe Final kicking the celebrations off that morning.   Make sure you head along to this event to experience true spring ski conditions and get a few laps in yourself.

There’s something on at all four ski areas in the region, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Treble Cone and Cardrona Alpine Resort so check out the Audi quattro Winter Games website for a day by day schedule of all events.

For more information on Queenstown’s spring ski offering check out our snow pages or follow our social media channels. 

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