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World Heli Challenge Kicks off Saturday on Shores of Lake Wanaka


Come meet some of the world’s best skier and snowboarders

Lake Wanaka, NZ (25 July 2012) – The 2012 World Heli Challenge kicks off Saturday with a media launch at Lake Wanaka where athletes, event organisers, media and the general public will gather to watch two of Aspiring Helicopters birds fly across the lake and land on the foreshore just opposite Pembroke Park.
In addition to seeing the helicopters fly in across the lake, kids will be given the opportunity to mingle with some of their of their idols and to get their signed copy of this year’s World Heli Challenge poster.
The launch kicks off what promises to be a spectacular two-week event.  “With snow in the forecast early next week, we should have two amazing ski days,” said event founder Tony Harrington (Harro).
There will be plenty of opportunity for the public to mingle with some of the world’s best skier and snowboarders throughout the two weeks.  Next on the event calendar are welcome drinks at the Lake Hawea Hotel on Monday, 30 July.   Guests are welcome to join the World Challenge Crew for drinks and view footage of past events.  The festivities begin at 8pm.
On Monday 6 August there will be a special screening of the Carlton Dry Snow Collective at Rubys and party at Lonestar.  The Snow Collective is a stunning documentary film that features the World Heli Challenge and takes audiences on a global adventure with adrenaline-fuelled skiers and snowboarders as they challenge themselves on the biggest mountains in NZ, Europe, USA and the wilds of Alaska.
Then, on Friday 10 August the public is invited to join World Heli Challenge athletes at a World Heli Challenge Retro Party at the Lake Hawea Hotel.
The event culminates with an event not to be missed, the Ion Showcase and Canon Shootout.  This black and white attire awards night will once again be one of Wanaka's best parties of the year! The night will feature awards for photography, cinematography and winners of each day as well as the overall winners of the event and new this year skiers will be pitted against snowboarders and only one will come out on top. Tickets are $20 and available at Base and Lake Hawea Hotel.  A limited number of tickets will be made available at the door for $25.  Tickets include a drink on arrival and entry to the After Burner Party at Opium.

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About the World Heli Challenge

The World Heli Challenge is a cross breed of intense world-class competition coupled with the adventure lifestyle that New Zealand is so famous for.
The event is held over a two-week period allowing for the best weather and snow conditions on the two fly days. The two competition days include a Big Mountain competition which tests the skills of athletes riding down steep, gnarly runs of the highest mountain peaks in over 5,000 square kilometres of the Southern Lakes Heli skiing terrain and a Freestyle Day, held in Mother Nature’s own terrain park. Points from the two competition days are added together to find out just who is the best all-round skier and snowboarder...
The remaining 12 days of the event days are equally as action packed with adventure and lifestyle activities.   Athletes can be found skydiving, white water rafting, and surfing the West Coast.  They will also be treated to some down home kiwi fun mustering.
When the crew decide to ease off on the adrenaline, you’ll find them sitting back at one of the myriad of cafes around Lake Wanaka sipping on lattes, soaking in the views and reflecting on the array of lifestyle activities that they’ve been enjoying. The athletes will also learn about conservation with Lake Wanaka Eco Adventures and head out to sample some of the fine local vintage at the Rippon Vineyard.

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