The third Winter Games NZ will feature no fewer than seven World Cup events plus an elite international curling tournament as the world's best snow sports athletes head to New Zealand's spectacular Southern Alps from August 15 to 25.
This year's Games are once again important Olympic preparation for many international teams as they prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The sports programme for Winter Games NZ 2013 includes FIS World Cups in halfpipe and slopestyle for both snowboarding and freeskiing, plus two IPC World Cup adaptive alpine slaloms and an IPC Para-snowboard cross World Cup.
Cardrona Alpine Resort will host both World Cup halfpipe events with the freeski competition set to feature New Zealand stars Jossi and Byron Wells. Cardrona also hosts the IPC Para-snowboard Cross World Cup plus the Continental Cup SBX race.
Both slopestyle World Cup events take place across the valley at Snow Park NZ while Queenstown's Coronet Peak hosts the IPC alpine slalom adaptive World Cups in addition to FIS Continental Cup slalom and giant slalom races.
Completing the programme are a sprint cross-country skiing Continental Cup at Snow Farm and eight days of world-class competition at Naseby's International Curling Rink.
- The Southland Times