Cold blast ‘vindicates’ extended Winter Games


Winter Games patron Sir Eion Edgar says this week’s heavy snowfall vindicates the decision to lengthen this year’s event.
The inaugural Winter Games in 2009 ran over just one week with no reserve days.

This year’s Games, officially opened last Friday, stretch over two weeks with reserve days for all on-mountain events. 

“While the [snow] will delay the events today [Monday] and possibly tomorrow, it doesn’t affect the ice, the curling. 

“And all the skiing is next week.” 

Fresh snow “just makes it even better”, Edgar says. 

Even having Queenstown Airport closed for snow isn’t concerning Edgar, at least for now. 

“Most of the freeskiers and snowboarders are here, some of the skiers don’t come in till later in the week, others are already here training.” 

Today’s (Monday) free ski slopestyle event at Snow Park in Cardrona has been postponed due to high winds of more than 50 kph. 

Winter Games organisers are trying to run it tomorrow (Tuesday) with the same schedule – an 8.20am practice session and a 9.15am qualification kick-off. 

For further updates this evening or tomorrow, call the Snow Park NZ snow phone on (03) 443 9991.