It’s 2022 and the ski season ahead is looking very promising with murmurs of re-opened trans Tasman quarantine free travel and the return of a New Zealand winter for Aussies who have missed out for the last two seasons.
Happy dance, anyone?
To get you super excited the New Zealand ski areas have all banded together to create an industry-led film campaign, See You at the Bottom. Twenty glorious minutes of snow goodness from Wanaka and Queenstown, Canterbury and the North Island with the odd sheep or two thrown in for good measure. Think 24 ski areas across three regions.
If you didn’t know where you wanted to ski and snowboard this season you will by the end of this seriously fun hype reel – hint, you’ll want to go everywhere from commercial resorts to club fields and beyond.
The film features Kiwi faces that know their stuff. For the uninitiated, mountaineer Janina Kuzma is a New Zealand Winter Olympian and Freeride World Tour athlete, Roland Morley Brown an Aussie turned Kiwi snowboarder who also competed on the Freeride World Tour, Winter Olympian and the likes of X Games legends Jossi and Beau James Wells, FWT skier Jess Hotter and friends.
There’s even a fully interactive website so you can do your own deep diving in your own travel research time.
The film kicks off with Queenstown and Wānaka, where skiers and snowboarders are spoilt for choice. The lively bustle of Queenstown contrasts to the peace and tranquillity of Wānaka. All visitors to these snow sports meccas are looked after – you can find first timers and Olympians enjoying the same mountain on any given day.
The film then moves to Canterbury, where rugged personalities meet community spirit and some of the country’s most breath-taking skiable terrain. The iconic Canterbury club fields are explored, alongside Mt Hutt Ski Area.
It all culminates in the film’s final section – skiing and snowboarding on a volcano. 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.
See You At The Bottom – The New Zealand Snow Movie, filmed and produced by Diaries Downunder.