Snow comps galore

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Jam de-railed
A Queenstown rail jam that was to double as a Canterbury quake fundraiser this weekend has been canned. Staff at the Dux de Lux had hoped to hold the event on Church Street on Saturday to raise money for the Red Cross – but late submissions to Queenstown Lakes District Council objecting to the road closure has meant the consent has been “revoked”, organisers say. It’s hoped the rail jam will run at a later stage. 

Hit the pipe for prizes
Skiers and boarders can win a stake in $2000 by ripping up Snow Park’s quarter pipe on Saturday. All ages can enter the jam-style Electric Quarter Pipe Battle, happening from 10am, with free registration from 9am. The prize purse and giveaways will be handed out about 3pm. Queenstown nightclub Subculture will crank out tunes for the afterparty. 

Freeski entries Open
Contenders wanting to enter the high-flying NZ Freeski Open have until next Monday (August 1) to get their entries in. The prestigious comp is run on a first-come, first-served basis, so athletes need to register to secure a spot alongside top-dog free skiers and boarders. One discipline costs $100, two for $180 or all three is $250.
 
Snowboarder slalom
The search is on to find New Zealand’s 2011 freeride champs at Treble Cone on Friday. About 80 riders are expected to hurtle down the natural halfpipe Gun Barrel during the iconic NZ Snowboarder Banked Slalom event, starting at 10.45am. Prize-giving will be at Lonestar in Wanaka from 5.30pm.