The Winter Games NZ (23 August – 7 September) showcases some of the world's best winter sporting talent. This year our local talent along with international stars will be competing in 26 exciting events across 6 incredible venues. 

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 with world class athletes! 

Winter Games NZ provides free access to watch epic winter sports competitions with athletes competing in events such as freestyle skiing and snowboarding World Cups, FIS World Cup Snowboard Big Air, Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle, cross country and alpine-skiing, curling, and ice hockey.

The event will kick off at Coronet Peak on Friday 23 August, featuring a dramatic parallel slalom under the night ski floodlights. If you have always wanted to see skiers perform acrobatic and aerial tricks, the Freeski and Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle FIS Australia New Zealand Cups are a must watch on the 30 and 31 August at Cardrona Alpine Resort. The Park and Pipe events will be closing with the spectacular FIS World Cup Freestyle Ski Halfpipe on 1 September at Cardrona Alpine Resort, an event not to be missed.

The Queenstown Ice Arena will host the three Test Trans-Tasman Challenges between the NZ Ice Blacks and the Australian Mighty Roos on the 5, 6, and 7 September. Make sure you get your tickets, these games will have an incredible atmosphere!

The games also have a strong commitment to Para snow sports and the World Para Alpine Slalom and Giant Slalom will be held at Cardrona Alpine Resort in the second week of the Games. 

Image: Winter Games

Image: Winter Games

The North Face Frontier returns to The Remarkables (Sunday 1 – Friday 6 September allowing for weather days). Included as part of the Games again this year, the Freeride World Qualifying tour event will be a big drawcard for athletes and spectators alike on the Alta chutes.

The talented skiers and snowboarders ride from the top to the bottom of the ungroomed mountain face, performing tricks on natural features with as much style, fluidity, speed and style as possible. 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 7 September, with the FS 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 Winter Games NZ 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.