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A glimpse at the alpine ski racing season 18/19, already underway in the Southern Hemisphere.

Remember it's winter down in the Southern Hemisphere and there are top calibre ski races going on right now, with more exciting competition to come.

Through August and into September the best winter sport athletes from around the world will be competing in South America and Australia-New Zealand.

The first FIS races have happened in El Colorado and La Parva in Chile, in Tiffindell in South Africa and in Chapelco in Argentina.

Then Down Under, Cardrona in New Zealand has also held events.

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Through August we'll see the 2018/2019 Continental Cup series.

The South American Cup (SAC) will kick off on 14th August (until 17th) in Cerro Catedral in Bariloche, Argentina before moving to Las Lenas on 25th August.

The Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) will start at the end of August in Mount Hotham, Australia, with both slalom and giant slalom races.

Both series will see the best of the best racing in slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill, and alpine combined disciplines.

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The SAC will then move the races to Chile in September, to the big Santiago resorts of El Colorado and La Parva.

Read more here of the skiing and the resorts in South America:
The competition will include the downhill, super-G, and alpine combined races in El Colorado.

The technical events will then return to Cerro Catedral to finish.

Athletes from all over the world will compete in the SAC.

The athletes that come top from the South American countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela will qualify for a place on the 2018/19 season Audi FIS Ski World Cup.

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The Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) will start with the slalom and giant slalom races at the end of August in Mount Hotham, Australia.

The series then shifts over to New Zealand and Coronet Peak at the start of September for the final technical events.

Then it's on to Mt. Hutt for the super-G events.

This year's ANC will award title winners in the slalom, giant slalom, and super-G events.

The top athletes from Australia or New Zealand in each discipline will quality for a personal starting spot on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup for the 2018/19 season.

The two Coronet Peak slalom and GS races will be part of the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ.

Winter Games NZ in Cardrona Alpine Resort catches up with rider Carlos Garcia Knight:

It's not just the alpine disciplines getting in on the action down under. 

Cardrona, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Snow Farm,  Naseby, Wanaka, Queenstown are hosting events in New Zealand.

Cardrona takes the freeski and snowboard comps.  There's halfpipe, skicross and boardercross, World Cup big air qualifiers, and parallel snowboard GS.

Events will be going on from 25th August through to 8th September.

Coronet Peak will have the ANC alpine slalom during 27th - 30th August.

The 2018 North Face Frontier Freeride World Qualifier will take place in The Remarkables on 4th September.

MCI Curling is happening in Naseby from 26th - 30th August.

Snow Farm will home the cross country skiing from 4th - 6th September.

Wanaka downtown will host the Opening Ceremony on 25th August through to the official closing ceremony on 8th September.

So it's Wanaka ski resorts to head to for the exciting events of Freeski & Snowboard Big Air, Ski & Snowboard Cross, Freeski & Snowboard Slopestyle, Freeski & Snowboard Halfpipe, FIS Freeski & Snowboard Big Air, Snowboard Parallel GS, and FIS Cross Country Skiing.

Queenstown will have the slaloms.

For more on skiing in New Zealand, read our full PlanetSKI guide here:
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PlanetSKI's editor will be over in Australia very soon so keep tuned in for news of Down Under.

Read here for our earlier report on our own British athletes going to the Junior Freestyle World Championships in NZ:

See here for the main PlanetSKI news page with all the latest stories from the mountains.

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