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NZ ski areas prepare for American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 19-28 June

June 3, 2015 Ski No Comments Email Email

New Zealand’s premier mountain resorts, Coronet Peak and The Remarkables are gearing up for the annual American Express Queenstown Winter Festival a ten day celebration of all things winter from 19 to 28 June, 2015.

Mikey Northcott leading the pack to take 3rd at the Otterbox Mountain Bikes on Snow up Coronet Peak during the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2014.

Mikey Northcott leading the pack to take 3rd at the Otterbox Mountain Bikes on Snow up Coronet Peak during the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival 2014.

The festival brings a spirited vibe of entertainment and adventure that sweeps over the mountains on the doorstep of the cosmopolitan resort town that is Queenstown.

Coronet Peak will host Mountain Bikes on Snow on Saturday 20 June, a fiercely competitive and fun filled event which sees men, women and juniors racing their way down an adrenaline-charged course with may thrills and spills along the way.

On Sunday 21 June early birds can join a ‘skin’ from the Base Building to the top of Coronet Peak with prizes granted for the first to summit.  The skin comp is best described as being similar to cross country skiing with a grip known as a skin placed on the bottom of competitors skis to glide easier to the top.  It’s also known as ski touring.

Coronet Peak will also host the DB Export Dog Derby on Thursday June 25, an event that sees locals and their furry friends striding and sliding down the slopes of the mountain, it’s a fun run for the four-legged kind and a great laugh for spectators.

Friday, June 26 is when the night activities on the mountain kick in to action with an airbag, DJ and a bar open until 9pm, not to mention the flood lit runs at Coronet Peak for Night Skiing with Ultimate Ears, the first of the night skiing sessions for the remainder of the season. As an additional bonus Ultimate Ears will be on-mountain giving away UE speakers to some lucky visiting skiers and boarders.

Wrapping up Coronet Peak’s activities is Mountain Mayhem on Saturday June 27 also known as the Auckland Airport Suitcase Race, where contestants ride a suitcase down the slopes and American Express Dash for Cash, where entrants don their helmets and goggles for a slippery ride in hope of winning $250 in prize money.

Across Lake Wakatipu, sister resort The Remarkables joins the Queenstown Winter Festival action on Sunday 28 June, hosting the Slopestyle Invitational, where freestyle skiers and boarders test their skills against some of NZ’s best.

“Celebrating winter and having fun on the snow is what we do best in the mountains of Queenstown,” said NZSki Marketing Manager, Craig Douglas.

“The Queenstown Winter Festival is perfectly timed with the start of the Australian school holidays and the mountain activity is only a touch of all the action.

“The ten day extravaganza showcases Queenstown’s unique community with street parties, fireworks, international and local acts, and comedy.  It is perhaps the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest celebration of winter and we invite everyone to come along.”

Check out all the entertainment the Queenstown Winter Festival brings at the the official event websitewww.winterfestival.co.nz

For general information on skiing in Queenstown see www.nzski.com

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