American skier Ryan Stevenson takes to the rail during the Red Bull Indoor Winch Jam at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
Forsyth Barr Stadium was full of high-fliers on Saturday
night - and not the kind you'd expect to find in the
About 30 top skiers and snowboarders from New Zealand and the
United States whisked over a snow jump to wow the 300 people
gathered, with their best airborne tricks and rides along two
The Indoor Winch Jam was the brainchild of University of
Otago marketing student Cameron Sims.
''It was a student-run event, predominantly for students.
''Basically, I wanted to give them something constructive to
do. You know, like, keep them from burning couches on Castle
''I think this was an event that has tried to show the rest
of Dunedin and New Zealand that Otago students have a brain,
and we are doing cool stuff.''
Organisers turned the inside of the stadium into a white
paradise for skiers and snowboarders, by bringing in two
truckloads of snow from Wanaka's Snow Farm.
A wakeboarding winch was used to tow athletes on to the jump.
Mr Sims was delighted with the turn-out at the event, and
said it had attracted competitors from Wanaka and Queenstown,
as well as six Americans.