Why Queenstown in Spring during the Winter Games is a must do

The Audi Quattro Winter Games is the ideal time to visit Queenstown during spring so put it on your calendar for 2019 when the next games arrive in town. 

This year’s Audi Quattro Winter Games delivered it’s fair share of world firsts, mayhem and good times as athletes stepped up on a world stage by day and mingled with crowds of fun by night. Queenstown and Wanaka sparkled and the ski resorts all put on a penultimate show.

Why should you consider the next games for your social and holiday calendar? This is why.

World’s Best Athletes

Every two years the best in the world in their chosen snow sports disciplines descend upon the Southern Lakes resorts of Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Cardrona and Treble Cone to compete in FIS World Cup and FWQ sanctioned events. On any given day you might find yourself sharing the same resort air as Ted Ligety, Lindsay Vonn, Bobby Brown, James Woods, Jamie Anderson and friends.

You don’t have to fly across the globe to experience these folk in action either, check the start lists for the Audi Quattro Winter Games and take a three hour flight to experience true elite world competition. Now that’s boasting rights right there.

Atmosphere X 10

Skiing in New Zealand is already awe inspiring with big valley and lake views and blue hued skies that turn to pink come dusk. Now add a globally recognised elite competition and expect bigger smiles from locals who line the slopes to cheer their favourites on, this kind of vibe is contagious.  Then add an outside Mumm champagne lounge on finals days at Cardrona and prepare to feel the buzz.

The North Face Frontier events during the games were the hot place to be as Sam Smoothy and Tom Brownlee put on their own MC’ing show as snowboarders and skiers took on the terrifying chutes known as big mountain snowboarding and skiing.

It’s Spring

Longer days, sunshine, smiles and good vibes. Spring skiing in Queenstown means a mix of mountain and valley fun. Lucky for you the Audi Quattro Winter Games has a thriving program both on and off the slopes so you can ski in the morning and check out the competition and still have time to hit a winery, a jet boat, a bungee jump in the afternoon before joining the festival by night.

Jet boating on the Dart River

The festival

What’s an international sports competition without a party? From the awards ceremonies to downtown Corona parties, Red Bull DJs, Mons Royale launch soirees and a JUCY Meltdown concert you’ll be hard pressed to know where to turn up first.


If there’s one word that epitomises adventure glitz then it’s Queenstown. The alpine resort town is perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and surrounded by an amphitheater of soaring mountain peaks.

Add over 150 licensed establishments in one square kilometer and a plethora of adventure activities from bungee jumping to jet boats, canyon swings, luge and more. Did we mention Fergburger, wineries, day spas and helicopters?

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