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NZ's biggest big ski competition coming to Ruapehu next week

1 September 2011

International Skiers And Snowboarders Flock To Mt Ruapehu For Thrills, Spills And Prizes

-60K in cash and product in event prize pool-

International stars of the ski scene including Kiwi Sam Smoothy, Megan Klassen of Canada and Bastien Piguet of France will descend on Mt Ruapehu early next week for the Export 33 Xtreme skiing and snowboarding event, at Whakapapa, a four star Freeride World Qualifier event.

New Zealand’s most prestigious and challenging ski competition, the Export 33 Xtreme showcases thrilling, free ride skiing and snowboarding across Whakapapa’s Pinnacles, boasting steep terrain and exposed cliffs.

Mt Ruapehu spokesperson Lacey Dandy says that the competition provides budding and professional Kiwi skiers with the chance to test their skills against international talent and make their mark on a global scale.

“This year we are delighted to have had a record number of international entries from major ski centres across the world coming to Whakapapa. It’s a testament to the world class ski and boarding conditions we have available at Mt Ruapehu.”

However, the stellar conditions are not the only draw card. A massive prize pool of almost $60,000 in cash and product prizes is on offer for winners of the events which will run on the first three fine days from the 5th to 11th September.

“This is the most money on offer for extreme skiing and boarding in New Zealand,” says Ms Dandy. “The first place prize in the Open Men’s skiing division is $10,000USD which will certainly attract the best skiers to the Export 33 Xtreme event.”

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Ms Dandy encourages snowboarders, skiers and spectators alike to join the action for some thrilling entertainment. The Knoll Ridge Café provides for a breathtaking vantage point with a fantastic menu and a multi-story glass wall looking straight into the competition stage. Sightseeing lift passes are also available.

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