Organisers of the Freeski New Zealand Open hope to hold the
finals of the big mountain event at The Remarkables skifield
today, weather permitting.
The event is classified as a 3-star Freeride World Tour
qualifying event and has attracted skiers hoping to make the
The big mountain qualifying rounds were held on Monday at The
Remarkables Shadow Basin, where riders were judged on overall
impression with a specific focus on line choice, control,
air, style, fluidity and technique.
Tone Jersin Ansnes (Norway) was the top female qualifier and
New Zealand's Cam McDermid topped the men's results.
Of the 33 male competitors, the top 15 qualifiers progressed
to the finals to be joined by seven pre-qualified skiers. New
Zealand men claimed nine of the top 15 qualifying spots,
including 17-year-old Aucklander Ryan Read, who qualified in
second place, and Hawea Flat teenager Hank Bilous (15), who
The women's start list comprised 15 skiers with the top seven
through to the finals - including Alex Brook, of
Christchurch, who claimed third place. They will be joined by
three pre-qualified female competitors.