Sunday, April 3, 2011
Winter Games New Zealand 2011 On Track
All the host ski fields of Winter Games NZ (WGNZ) are gearing up for a good winter with pre-season preparations well underway. Coronet Peak, host of the Alpine Ski Racing Events, has made improvements to its terrain while Cardrona Alpine Resort, host of the Halfpipe, Big Air and gravity Cross Events, has extended its snow making capacity. Snow Park NZ, home of the WGNZ Slopestyle, has invested in two new groomers to maintain its world class park facilities and Snow Farm is busy preparing its extensive Cross-Country tracks. Mt Hutt has also been busy with the development of new trails and snowmaking. "All the behind the scenes work shows it's going to be business as usual this winter with everyone gearing up for a great season", said Arthur Klap, Winter Games NZ CEO. "Bringing Winter Games NZ to throughout the South Island will only help provide an extra boost for the region and showcase the amazing facilities and terrain we have here in New Zealand". Many of 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games partners joined together this month in the spectacular setting of Queenstown to get the inside scoop on what's new and exciting at the second Winter Games NZ and also discover opportunities surrounding the extensive programme. "It was a hugely worthwhile day, giving our partners the opportunity to network together, learn more about the event and also help shape the future of Winter Games NZ", said Arthur Klap. "There were some great minds in the room, with discussions generating some win win ideas for our partners and the Games. Now we're all working hard behind the scenes to bring these ideas to fruition - August is going to be a very exciting time in the world of snow sports!". Expanding on the successful inaugural event in 2009, 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games, will feature 16 days (13-28 August 2011) of snow and ice sports and is expected to attract over 1,000 elite athletes from throughout the world to the most spectacular setting possible, New Zealand's Southern Alps. The audience reached in 2009 was 765 million, a target Winter Games NZ is aiming to at least equal in 2011 and also improve on in terms of where the television product is shown with more prime time slots.