Coca-Cola Cardrona Games

7-9 September 06, Cardrona, New Zealand

Cardrona Games comprises freestyle skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, FMX (motorcycle big air) mixed with live music

Cardrona Alpine Resort is gearing up to host the biggest party and competition ever seen before on the slopes in New Zealand, the inaugural Coca-Cola Cardrona Games.

The Coca Cola Cardrona Games comprises freestyle skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, FMX (motorcycle big air) mixed with live music, and will take hold of the resort on September 7 to 9.

Some of the world’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders have already confirmed they are entering the competition, including American Tanner Hall (22) - the first and only skier to take home a gold medal in every winter X-Games since 1999. He will join Sweden’s Jon Olsson (24), also an X-Games gold medallist, and New Zealand’s number one freestyle skier, Jossi Wells (16).

In the snowboarding field, Kiwi riders including New Zealand Olympians Mitchell Brown and Juliane Bray will pit their skills against other top international competitors.

Cardrona’s world-class terrain park will test the riders’ ability and their performances on it are guaranteed to wow the crowds. Park designers have created the world’s first double halfpipe, consisting of the 150m-long Johnny Superpipe, followed by a 10m connecting hip jump, then onto the 120m-long International Halfpipe.

The slopestyle course, with a series of boxes, rails and jumps, will have a few more surprise features added to it before the event. The international-standard boarder and skier cross course will also be a must to watch as riders clear a massive gap jump to a high-speed finish that is visible from the base area.

Coming all the way from Colorado especially for the games will be snowmobile big air legend Chris Brown. Earlier in the year Chris just missed out on beating the back country jump world record (75m) by 60cm. Brown won’t go quite this far at the Games but will be putting on quite a show.

For the first time in New Zealand, Moto FMX big air jumps will also take place on a mountain in the snow. They will be pushing the limits of their bikes in alpine conditions near the end of each day.

DJ music will be pumping the whole time during the three-day competition, and Kiwi band Salmonella Dub DJ Sound System will be playing live at the base facilities.

“The Coca-Cola Cardrona Games is going to be one big party with athletes from around the world in different disciplines showing just what extreme moves can be done on the snow,” sales and marketing manager Bruce McGechan said. “People will be surrounded by all the big names of snowsports and will get to watch all the big stunts, as well as going skiing and snowboarding throughout the day. This event will be unlike any other that’s seen on a mountain in New Zealand before.”

See www.cardronagames.co.nz for more details

Cardrona, New Zealand