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New Zealand Winter Games

This year’s New Zealand Winter Games, from August 13-23, features four freeski events: slopestyle, half pipe, big air, and skier cross. Keep an eye on athletes like Devin Logan, Jen Hudak, and Jossi Wells at this event, and as they prepare for the 2014 Olympics.

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There will be two big air jumps for skiers to choose from: either a 60 or 70 foot jump. Judges will be looking for maximum height, difficulty, and…

There will be two big air jumps for skiers to choose from: either a 60 or 70 foot jump. Judges will be looking for maximum height, difficulty, and clean landings. The big air site is in a perfect location for viewing- right at the base of the mountain.

Skiers like Taylor Seaton, Jen Hudak, Devin Logan, and Jossi Wells top the athlete roster for the pipe events this year. With an Olympic standard…

Skiers like Taylor Seaton, Jen Hudak, Devin Logan, and Jossi Wells top the athlete roster for the pipe events this year. With an Olympic standard 22-foot pipe, the skiers will be able to get high out of the wall and lay down their best tricks. Judges will be looking for clean execution as well as level of difficulty. With the inclusion of halfpipe in the Sochi 2014 Olympics, the level of competition should be high.

Jumps, rails and jibs with varying difficulty make up the slopestyle course. Big names like Devin Logan, Jossi Wells, and Byron Wells will be…

Jumps, rails and jibs with varying difficulty make up the slopestyle course. Big names like Devin Logan, Jossi Wells, and Byron Wells will be competing this year. Competitors will get three chances to lay down their best run at the Snow Park course, which consists of three jumps, ranging from 45 to 70 feet in length; as well as rails and boxes at the beginning and end of the course. The skier with the cleanest run- the one who stomps every jump and slides every rail with perfection- will take away the gold. Expect some big moves: slopestyle was recently admitted in the Sochi 2014 Olympics.

In ski cross, four people race simultaneously side by side at high speeds, down terrain that includes a combination of jumps and turns: spills are…

In ski cross, four people race simultaneously side by side at high speeds, down terrain that includes a combination of jumps and turns: spills are bound to happen. The top two skiers from each group will continue on to the next round. Keep your eye out for Fanny Smith, who will be participating in this years skier cross event.

For more inf and a complete event schedule, visit wintergamesnz.com.