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World Class Snowsports Action In New Zealand

There’s not much of it around so it’s great to see some fabulous photos and video footage coming out of New Zealand. The Obsidian team event that is replacing the 2020 Winter Games NZ looks like it’s delivering.

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The coronavirus pandemic prevented international snowsports athletes from travelling to New Zealand this year so there was no chance of the country staging what is usually the first World Cup of the season for freestylers.

Instead, the Winter Games NZ became Obsidian – a team contest featuring New Zealand’s best skiers, snowboarders and videographers.

The start of the event went ahead despite some disruption as resorts briefly closed following new cases of Covid-19 in New Zealand.

The images that have been released so far of the various stages of the competition are too good to ignore, so here are some of them, along with a video edit of the heli freeride day.

Enjoy.

Finn Bilous the freeski Men's winner of the Obsidian Park Jam competition - credit Winter Games NZ Camilla Rutherford

Finn Bilous the freeski men’s winner of the Obsidian Park Jam – photo Camilla Rutherford

Obsidian action - photo Camilla Rutherford

Obsidian action – photo Camilla Rutherford

Nico Porteous - photo Neil Kerr

Nico Porteous – photo Neil Kerr

Freeride action at Obsidian 2020 - photo Ross Mackay

Freeride action at Obsidian 2020 – photo Ross MacKay

Ronan Thompson, snowboard men's winner, freeride - photo Neil Kerr

Ronan Thompson, snowboard men’s winner, freeride – photo Neil Kerr

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, winner women's Park Jam - photo Ross MacKay

Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, winner women’s Park Jam – photo Ross MacKay

Janina Kuzma, winner women's freeride - photo Ross MacKay

Janina Kuzma, winner women’s freeride – photo Ross MacKay

The video below of the freeride heli day was posted on the Winter Games NZ Facebook page.

Footage is by Diaries Downunder, Jase Hancox, Two Bearded Men, 208 Media.

The edit is by 208 Media.

Obsidian Freeride!

Full froth 💥 Freeride Heli Day was all time!📹:Diaries DownunderJase HancoxTwo Bearded Men208 Media✂️:208 Media

Posted by Winter Games NZ on Sunday, 16 August 2020

 

The results are being added to the Winter Games NZ website as they come in.

If you want to know all the details of who has won what, you can find them here.

MAIN PHOTO by Neil Kerr

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