Obsidian begins Monday

The ski season could soon begin under Level 2 restrictions. PHOTO: ODT FILES
The Winter Games New Zealand Obsidian gets under way on Monday.

It is being billed as the biggest snow sports event this winter and will boast a field of some of the finest New Zealand athletes competing in five challenges from August 10-20.

Three teams will battle it out to win the Edgar Challenge Trophy for the Obsidian.

Each team comprises seven athletes and two videographers.

Wanaka’s Jossi Wells will lead a side featuring Freeride World Tour freeski athlete Craig Murray and 2018 Olympic Winter Games bronze medallist Nico Porteous.

Freeskier Janina Kuzma’s team includes an Olympic Winter Games bronze medallist as well in Zoi Sadowski-Synnott, and Freeski Big Air competitor Finn Bilous.

Freeride skier Sam Smoothy will be leading a talented team which includes freeride world tour athlete Hank Bilous and snowboard big air competitor Tiarn Collins.

The event gets under way with a big air challenge at Cardrona, scheduled for Wednesday. The other challenges are the freeride, park jam and the mountain shred which includes a challenge for the videographers.

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