Some of New Zealandâ€™s and the Worldâ€™s best names in big mountain skiing and snowboarding are expected to descend on Mt Ruapehu in New Zealand this week for the Export 33 Xtreme skiing event, and the Mother Snowboard Challenge at Whakapapa.
New Zealandâ€™s biggest prize pool of almost NZD 80,000 (57 k USD) in cash and product prizes is on offer for winners of the events which start on the 8th September.
Mt Ruapehuâ€™s Export 33 Xtreme is also a four-star qualification event for the Freeride World Tour (FWT) â€“ four stars is the highest star rating for any freeride qualification event globally.
Mt Ruapehu marketing manager, Mike Smith says the level of prize money available this year will certainly create a ripple among the Worldâ€™s best big mountain skiers.
â€œThis is the most money on offer for extreme skiing and boarding in New Zealand,â€ said Smith. â€œThe first place prize in the Open Menâ€™s skiing division is USDÂ 10,000 alone which will certainly attract the best skiers to the event.â€
Whakapapaâ€™s Pinnacles will play host to the extreme events and prime viewing for spectators will be from Whakapapaâ€™s soon-to-be-completed Knoll Ridge Cafe.
Export marketing manager, Dave Shoemack says Export 33 is stoked to be entering its 3rd year as naming sponsor of the Export Xtreme.
â€œThe increase in prize-money reflects the commitment to this event from both partners, and the desire to see it grow to attract some of the best riders in the world,â€ said Shoemack. â€œWe canâ€™t wait to work with the team at Mt Ruapehu to shape this into a truly World class event.â€
The Mother Snowboard Challenge will be underway on Wednesday 8 September, as will the first rounds of the Export 33 Xtreme skiing event.
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