The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand 2015 Dates Announced
The North Face® Freeski Open of New Zealand is back for 2015, once again putting its own spin on freeski competition with a unique combo of events. Park and pipe events kick off from 6-10 August at Cardrona Alpine Resort with The Remarkables hosting the Big Mountain event from 1-6 September.
In classic innovative Kiwi style The Freeski Open of NZ was the first event to hold Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Big Mountain competitions in one. Celebrating its 11th birthday this year, the event formula remains the same, combining top quality competition with a fun, social atmosphere.
Jossi Wells competing at the 2014 The North Face® Freeski Open of NZ Slopestyle
Credit: Neil Kerr
Cardrona Alpine Resort’s world-class halfpipe and slopestyle course are a familiar proving ground for the elite of the freeski world. In 2015 competitors will be able to test themselves at two top level events with The Freeski Open of NZ park and pipe events taking place just ahead of the Audi quattro Winter Games.
The epic terrain of Queenstown’s The Remarkables ski field will once again provide the venue for The Freeski Open of NZ Big Mountain, a competition which consistently attracts the international who’s who of freeride and provides a stepping stone for Kiwis aspiring to compete on the world stage.
Sam Smoothy and Charlie Lyons have used strong results at The Freeski Open of NZ to help secure spots on the Freeride World Tour while up and coming skier Hank Bilous earned himself an invite to the Junior Freeride World Tour off the back of his second place finish at the 2014 Freeski Open of NZ.