Athlete entries open for 2013 event

3 May 2013 Wanaka, New Zealand: World Heli Challenge organisers announced today that entries for the unique heli-accessed ski and snowboard event are now open for 2013.

The first snow of the season has dusted Wanaka town to lake level heralding the coming winter and is generating plenty of excitement and anticipation from World Heli Challenge contenders.

“We are gearing up for another great event this year and are already getting athlete enquiries,” said event founder and director Tony Harrington. “This is the 12th World Heli Challenge since we started in 1996 and we are excited to be based here in Wanaka for the two weeks of the event enjoying the town, adventure activities in the local area and the chilled après vibe down by the lake.”

The World Heli Challenge is an elite level ski and snowboard event attracting top tier athletes from around the world to challenge themselves in the backcountry terrain surrounding Wanaka. Southern Lakes Heliski flies competitors into the mountains for two heli-accessed competition days – a Freestyle Day and Extreme Day. Athletes are judged on their overall performance across both days, their abilities to showcase their freeriding skills in the steep and challenging terrain and to deliver a smooth, strong and consistent line.

Outside the two competition days athletes get to know the local area enjoying the town and getting a local flavour of New Zealand with opportunities to shear sheep, plant native flax with locals, ski at Treble Cone and Cardrona and a keep their adrenaline levels high with a host of adventure activities in the area.

The Canon Shootout film and photographic competition that is part of the World Heli Challenge is as hotly contested as the skiing and snowboarding and attracts world-class action filmers and photographers who follow the athletes and create stunning short films and photos screened and judged at the Showcase Awards Night in town on the 22 August.

“The World Heli Challenge is a world class competition but more importantly it is a gathering of like-minded athletes who are passionate about their sport. It is an event like no other in the world and we are committed to keeping it true to its roots. This year we are welcoming back many athletes, volunteers and a core team of guides, judges, media and event crew that make the World Heli Challenge such a unique experience for everyone who experiences it,” explains Harrington.

The World Heli Challenge is open to elite freeskiers and snowboarders aged 16 years and over. Places are restricted to just 32 athlete slots across men, women, ski and snowboard categories.

Event dates for 2013

12th World Heli Challenge:

Sunday 4th August, 2013 (athlete registration) to the Thursday 22nd August (Showcase Awards Night)

Junior World Heli Challenge – NEW in 2013

Friday 26th July, 2013 (registration night) to the Saturday 3rd August (Awards Night)
New to the World Heli Challenge this Junior event is open to 12-16 year old athletes.

Those interested in applying for a spot in this year’s World Heli Challenge or Junior World Heli Challenge can email with the following details:

Let us know why you want to be involved. Summary of riding resume, including links to any clips/edits & contact details.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first deposit basis for eligible athletes.

Entry fee: NZ$2200 includes – 2 heli-accessed competition days, 2 day pass to Treble Cone, limited edition event hoodie, entry to Showcase Awards Night (22 Aug), access to professionally shot footage and photos and two weeks of incredible adventure activities and unlimited FUN in and around Wanaka.

A NZ$500 deposit is required to secure a place.

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