The business end of the Burton High-Fives snowboard competition, with a US$80,000 prize purse up for grabs, kicks off at the Cardrona Alpine Resort today.
New Zealand riders Rebecca Torr, Christy Prior, Stefi Luxton and Shelley Gottlieb - who all Wakatipu or Wanaka connections - are the only riders flying the New Zealand flag among some of the globe's top snowboarders.
Off-piste action started on Sunday, with riders cutting laps around Cromwell's Highland Motorsport Park in minis.
On Monday riders got some Kiwi flavour with a farm-inspired competition.
The business end will compromise slopestyle and halfpipe contests.
- The Mirror