Local riders take out Queenstown slopestyle


A local snowboarder and skier have won at Queenstown Winter Festival’s slopestyle event up The Remarkables.
The Quiksilver Slopestyle Invitational yesterday saw some of the best local snowboarders and skiers alongside a line-up of New Zealand’s best.
Local Nick Hyne took out the men’s Quiksilver Invitational Slopestyle snowboarding and Alec Savery won the skiing division. 

Adrie Lawrence took out the women’s skiing title while Young Cool Wakushima – one of three siblings competing from the Queenstown-based Wakushima family – won the women’s division. 

On Saturday night, residents of the Wakatipu – with careers as varied as a DJ, a policeman, a builder, a hair dresser and a massage therapist – took to a boxing ring in front of a sell-out crowd to raise funds for the Branches Charitable Trust. 

Mountain Scene’s Thriller in the Chiller is touted as one of Queenstown’s hottest nights of the year and the enthusiastic crowd would have agreed, cheering their favourite contestants during the ten hard-fought bouts. 

Thriller in the Chiller boss Simon Green says this year’s event saw ‘some of the best bouts in the four-year history of the event. 

“In terms of the calibre of the boxing, the bar has been lifted again. The pure heart of these amateur boxers in the name of charity was inspirational.” 

After a gruelling 15 weeks of training, the 20 competitors did themselves and their trainers proud providing a fantastic evening of entertainment that the audience recognised with a standing ovation at the end of the 10 bouts. 

For festival’s finale last night, downtown streets took on a positively global vibe at the inaugural Auckland Airport Community Carnival. Dotted around the streets of the CBD, the diverse cultures of Queenstown’s residents were represented by ‘zones’. 

Families poured into downtown Queenstown for the carnival-style street event visiting an eclectic mix of more than 20 stalls run by local charities, schools, restaurants and cultural groups to listen to buskers and bands on street corners. 

Festival Director Lisa Buckingham says she’s thrilled with how well this year’s festival had gone. 

“It’s been so great to see the local community and visitors enjoying ten of the coolest days of winter on and off the slopes and fully embracing all that the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival stands for – bringing people and fun together to mark the start of winter.” 

“I am sure it’ll be a great 2013 season and already we’re excited about next year’s 40th anniversary American Express Queenstown Winter Festival.”