3rd Place at the NZ Freeski Open

The big mountain contest for the NZ Freeski Open was held today in the Motatapu Chutes at Treble Cone. Conditions turned out to be better than expected, with firm yet grippy snow. Shutting down after any bigger drop was very challenging today, so most skiers opted for more technical lines in steep and rocky terrain which is actually very suited to the chutes. I decided to ski the venue on my Kästle FX84 (84mm under the binding) which I usually use for groomers and firm snow conditions. I was able to come in third after a fast run with good technique. New Zealand Olympian Mitchey Greig came in 2nd with Janina Kuzma taking first place for the 6th time in a row. Yeah girls!

Womens podium NZ Freeski Open Big Mountain

The next contest in the NZ Freeride Series is the K2 Big Mountain Chill Series, a 2-star event from 25 to 29 August in Craigieburn and Mt. Olympus, followed by the Export Gold Extreme, a 3-star event in Mt. Ruapehu, which I will hopefully be starting at!

2 thoughts on “3rd Place at the NZ Freeski Open

  1. congratulations matey. i am so happy for you and glad you managed the race and actually finished 3rd. in fact, you look so totally happy and i just love that photo of you. so pleased things are going well for you. lv m

  2. With the avalanche traiinng I received from a number of guides, the recommendation is to ski without your hands in the straps. It frees your hands up in the event of an avalanche so you can do things like cover your face, operate your airbag, even try a swimming motion if it helps. You can’t do that if your hands are anchored below you by your poles and straps.

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