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NEW ZEALAND KICKS OFF SNOWBOARD COMPETITION SEASON
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It all starts later this month and the countdown is underway. International snowboarding competitions in the Winter Games NZ.





Cardrona on the south island will be hosting the FIS Snowboard World Cup Big Air in Snowboard Halfpipe and Slopestyle.

The competitions will see some of the world's best Big Air snowboarders come together.

The Big Air will see athletes fly through the air doing tricks marked on ingenuity, execution and air time. 

The halfpipe competition will see snowboarders doing big and acrobatic aerial tricks.

In the FIS ANC (Australia and New Zealand Cup) Slopestyle competition, athletes will perform on boxes, rails, jumps and jibs.

26 events will be held across six venues - Friday 23rd to September 7th.

It's the first step for the World Cup invitations for the upcoming Northern Hemisphere season.

There are expected to be nearly 30 different venues in 13 countries on four continents hosting 2019/20 FIS Snowboard World Cup competitions.

See our earlier report on all the ski and snowboard action coming up in 2019-20:
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The Winter Games NZ at Cardrona will also include the disciplines of Cross-Country Skiing, Alpine Skiing and Freeski.

The Queenstown resort of Coronet Peak will have the opening ceremony, the alpine slalom, super-G and night parallel slalom.

This year celebrates 10 years of the elite international winter sports event.

PlanetSKI was in New Zealand this time last year and we saw some of the events:
Last year's ladies' Big Air winner Reira Iwabuchi:


Last year's Mens' Big Air winner, Chris Corning:




More news:

SKY Sport will be the official broadcast partner of the Winter Games NZ.

It's the start of the lead up to the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The focus will be on live broadcasts of the major ice and snow sports events, as well as highlight shows of the events.

Tune in to the first event on Friday 23rd August with a Parallel Slalom under lights at Coronet Peak in Queenstown.

"This partnership is a game changer for New Zealand winter sports fans and we are excited about working closely with SKY Sport over the next three years," Winter Games NZ CEO Marty Toomey says.

"SKY Sport are invested in becoming the Home of Winter Sports and promoting athletes and our event to the nation.

"Our venues love to host spectators, but if you can't travel to Central Otago, or you want to replay the action what better way to get your winter sports fix than tuning in on SKY Sport."

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SKY Director of Sport, Tex Teixeira, says:

"It's exciting to announce this new three-year partnership with Winter Games NZ to deliver Kiwi fans exceptional coverage of this great event.

"With our Kiwi athletes building towards the 2022 Winter Olympic Games there will no doubt be interest in the Winter Games NZ, and we're excited to be a part of the athlete's journeys as they work towards Beijing."

"New Zealand sports fans will be able to watch coverage of the Winter Games NZ via SKY Sport, SKY Sport Now and SKY GO (with a SKY Sport subscription).

"They'll also be able to catch up on the action from Central Otago with highlights clips available on the SKY Sport Highlights app."

The Winter Games NZ will show on the SKY Sport News channel.

There will be exclusive interviews and features to keep fans informed.

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