A historic first, all New Zealand ski areas teamed up and collaborated on a new film project that highlights every adventure you can take on snow this winter. Stop your dreaming, and start watching.
The Film, ‘See You At The Bottom‘ provides an in-depth look into each of NZ’s three major snow regions – Queenstown/Wānaka, Canterbury, and Ruapehu. You know those places you hear about, whispers in the lift line of off the beaten path spots where crew scored turns of the season off the back of a storm. This film, gives it all up – and you can start planning your winter strike missions now.
New Zealand has been loved by locals only the past two winters, and Aussie / Internationals are ready to get back over, NZ is ready to kick Winter 2022 into gear and welcome everyone back.
Ski Areas Association of New Zealand (SAANZ) chair, Marty Toomey says his hope is that the film will encourage skiers and snowboarders to make the most of winter ‘down under’.
“New Zealand is one of those incredible places where everyone can be inspired in the mountains – whether they are taking their first turns, or aiming to emulate the success of our Kiwi Olympians, Toomey says.
“A successful ski season is hugely important to not only our ski areas, but also the wider snow sports industry and the communities that surround it. That’s why we have undertaken this joint initiative for Winter 2022 and beyond.”
Don’t bookmark this new film for later. Watch it now. It will inspire you to submit that leave that’s been banking up, maybe do a season over there? Maybe inspire enough courage to quit your job and revert back to the snow bum life.
Not only is the riding on offer some of the best in the world on a good day, but the scenery and landscape is something every boarder needs to soak in at some point in there life.
The film kicks off with Queenstown and Wānaka, where riders are truly spoilt for choice. The lively bustle of Queenstown contrasts to the peace and tranquility of Wānaka. Ying and Yang. Take your pick, or even better…do both. This is the ideal location to ride, ride, ride and then ride some more. If there’s any fuel left in the tank, you can then dive head first into the Queenstown party scene, it’s iconic for a reason. Think Treble Cone pow days, Cardrona park laps, après to see out the days with a majestic lake view. Perfection.
The film then moves to Canterbury, where you are guaranteed a snowboard experience that is incomparable to anywhere else in the world. Cantebury is home to a large array of iconic club fields that offer a rugged approach to getting the goods, and adding in some extra adventure points to any trip. It’s a must do for the snowboarder who is excited by the unknown and has matured past simply “catching chair lifts”. Every time we hit the club fields we fall in love – the terrain, the people, the snow and the vibe. You can also hit up Mt Hutt for hot laps on the chair. Mt Hutt on a good day is one of the best places to score in NZ.
It all culminates in the film’s final section – snowboarding on a volcano…why not?! Often described as “The Meeting Place”, Ruapehu is home to Whakapapa and Tūroa ski areas, sitting almost perfectly in the centre of the North Island. Ruapehu has the longest season, and is a bucket list spot to ride. We’re yet to make it, but desperately needing to add ‘snowboarded on volcano’ to our list of bragging rights.
For those Aussies, who are looking for ‘something more’ this winter. Click here to start planning your winter NZ strike mission.