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Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

The Southern Traverse Peak to Peak race took place over the weekend and it was a beautiful day for the 44km race across the Queenstown basin. The races five stages consisted of skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, running and road cycling which meant individuals and teams needed to master a range of outdoor sports in order to make it to the podium.

The event began at the top of The Remarkables ski area with the skiers running downhill to their skis and boards then speeding 4km down the trail Homeward Bound to the road. There, individuals ditched their ski boots and team mates were tagged in for the 12km mountain bike down the Remarkables road and onwards to Frankton beach. Once at the lake, the racers took off in kayaks and paddled 7km to the Queenstown lakefront. From there, runners bolted through Queenstown, along Gorge Road 9km towards the bottom of Coronet Peak road. The final leg started at Coronet Alpine Hotel where runners swapped to road bikes and cyclists pedalled 9km up the Coronet road to the snow at the base building...

"where they were cheered in by supporters and team mates as they crossed the finish line."

Outside Sports Queenstown entered a social team to have some fun and show the town what they were made of. Elke got on the skis after a challenging run in ski boots and shot down Homeward Bound somewhere in of the middle of the pack. Feidhlim then took to the downhill bike and bombed down the road, overtaking people on the way. Feidhlim then swapped from bike to paddle, putting some real effort in for the team. Unfortunately...

"the kayak was quite tippy and threw Feidhlim into the freezing lake a couple of times"

which meant having to paddle to shore to empty the boat before continuing. James took over at the lakefront with some ground to make up and sped away on foot toward Coronet Peak. James made back the ground lost in the kayak putting the Outside Sports team back near the middle of the field. Geoff then shot off up the coronet peak road chasing down the teams ahead. The Outside Sports team ended up crossing the finish line with an overall placing of 58th and a 12th placing in the business house team category, not a bad effort for the social team.

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Outside Sports athlete and staff member Floortje Grimmet entered as an individual in the women’s open section. Floortje had just come back from a 6 month training break so it was time for her to come back in style! She had a good ski, bike, kayak, and run but had to chase hard on the uphill cycle to make it to the front of the pack. Floortje ended up flying ahead and taking out 1st place in the open women section. Well done!

"Jo Williams from Wanaka, another Outside Sports athlete claimed her fifth win at the Peak to Peak"

with a time of 2hrs 31mins and 33 secs beating her time from last year by more than 12minutes. What’s more impressive is that she was in the veteran’s category and was still the fastest women of the day. A huge congratulations to Jo who was 1st veteran women as well as being the 1st women overall.

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All in all it was a fun day out and everyone had a great time whether they were on the track or spectating form the side-lines. Watch out for Outside Sports at the finish line next year!


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All mountains open down South!

A great start!

It’s been an Epic season for New Zealand’s Southern Alps ski fields so far with weather forecasts seeming to be on track with El Niño.

All of the Ski fields in the Queenstown-Wanaka area are now officially open and they have managed to open all of the terrain thanks to Mother Nature’s snow generosity this year. Queenstown and Wanaka are vibrant ski resort towns in the South Island of New Zealand. Both towns experienced a great Antarctic-fed snow storm late May through to early June 2015. This huge snow fall and cold temperatures provided the perfect environment for the ski fields to get ready for the winter season, providing great all mountain base coverage and lots of snow making opportunities. Since Opening day for all 4 mountains, skiers and snowboarders have been provided with an abundance of clear skies, cold temperatures and lots of powder!

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Face full of Powder Snow at Coronet Peak Ski Field NZ.

Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort were the first ski resorts to open mid June followed by Treble Cone and then The Remarkables this weekend. Improvements and new features are noticeable at all the resorts; from cafe's to open terrain and the biggest being the new base building at The Remarkables.

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Opening Day at Treble Cone Ski Field, NZ 2015 Photo Credit: Icebreaker NZ.

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Cheeky Kea watching sunrise at the Opening day of The Remarkables Ski Field, NZ.

This week has seen some stunning bluebird days and the snow has held up well for opening days providing plenty of powder at both Treble Cone and The Remarkables. It’s not usual to see so much off piste terrain available to shred this early on in the season. Coronet peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort are still keeping up the grooming and the snow making with these cold temperatures making for epic piste and park skiing and riding.

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Outside Sports Athlete Richie Johnston getting some POW at Treble Cone opening day. Photo Credit: 360Queenstown-Wanaka

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First tracks in Mid station bowl at The Remarkables opening 2015, NZ.

New Zealand’s South Island is surrounded by stunning mountains and alpine lakes, famous for its hospitality- choose Queenstown and Wanaka for your ski holiday; guaranteed fun-filled ski and snowboard holiday at the premier ski areas of Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, The Remarkables and Treble Cone. Book Ski and Snowboard rentals with Outside Sports online today and save!

Outside Sports NZ Staff at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Outside Sports Staff at Cardrona Alpine Resort NZ.

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NZ Ski fields open this weekend!

Cardrona Alpine Resort and Coronet Peak open this weekend, Saturday June 13th 2015.

We have had an amazing few weeks of early snowfall in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, making an excellent base for the Ski resorts and allowing for plenty of Snowmaking. Coronet Peak, Queenstown were making snow for 6 consecutive days last week and Cardrona Alpine resort, Cardrona, have been busy preparing more terrain for opening early this season. Both mountains could see all lifts operational in record time this ski season if Mother Nature allows.

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Snowmaking in progress. Photo Credit: Coronet Peak

Cardrona Alpine resort have a new learner conveyor this season to help decrease lift lines and allow more time on the slopes for beginners, there’s also another intermediate trail along the ridge line connecting Valley View and Tail Race trails.

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Sunrise at Cardrona. Photo Credit: Cardrona Alpine Resort.

The forecast for opening weekend sees cloud building with a risk of sleety showers in the afternoon, so get up there early and grab some opening day champagne at the lift line for first chair.

Here’s to an awesome season. Enjoy.

Need to get your skis/snowboard tuned? It's the final week of 50% off tuning at Outside Sports Ski Workshop, Gorge Road Queenstown.

Need Ski rentals, transport and a lift pass? Outside Sports have you covered. Get your ski and snowboard packages all in one place at Outside Sports, 9 Shotover Street Queenstown.

Ski hire at Outside Sports Wanaka.

Treat yourself this winter with new in 2015 Skis and Snowboards at Outside Sports #WhereAdventuresBegin

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Ski Tuning

How Often Should I tune my Skis/Snowboard?

Winter is officially here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand. You may be in the market for a new snowboard or skis,  maybe you’re just dusting of the cobwebs from your last year’s gear. But before you head up the mountain when was the last time you had your skis or snowboard tuned?  Ask yourself what has been done to your new skis or snowboard fresh out of the wrapper?

Maintaining your skis or snowboard will prolong the life of your gear and is vital to the performance of your equipment. If you notice your skis or snowboard aren't gripping as well, initiating a turn as easily, sliding on the snow as fast, you've waited too long for a tune. A general rule of thumb is to wait no more than 6-8 days for a tune. Drop your skis and snowboards into our Ski workshops in Queenstown and Wanaka, and talk to the experts.


By waxing your skis or snowboard they become hydrophobic, meaning that they will repel water. The more hydrophobic your skis or snowboard the faster they will be and easier to turn. Wax reduces friction, drag and the build up of snow particles on the base which can cause a sticky feeling in warmer snow conditions. You can never wax your equipment to much, but it is important to have them waxed properly in relation to the snow temperatures and match them to the correct wax temperature ranges to provide efficient performance. Colder wax has a higher melting temperature and is more resistant to coarser snow.

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Montana Wax Future, state of the art infrared hot waxer. Outside Sports NZ.

5 steps to Maintaining your Skis and Snowboard

Get into the routine of checking your gear at the end of each day;

  1. Separate your skis and dry then off to avoid rusty edges.
  2. Check your bindings, din setting and brakes.
  3. Check the bases of your Skis or Snowboard for scratches and core shots. If you see white in spots on the base then they need waxing. If you notice parts of the base that still have wax on them, usually circular spots, this means that your bases aren't flat anymore.
  4. Run you finger (be careful) along the edges of your skis or snowboard, if you can feel burrs it’s time to get your edges sharpened.
  5. Take your finger nail to the edge and try to shave the top of your nail off, if nothing happens this means that the edges are dull and need sharpening.

Outside Sports offers the most precise ski and snowboard tuning and repairs. Our qualified team of international technicians use their tuning skills to ensure that your equipment gives you the ultimate performance.

Looking after your equipment on a regular basis will help keep the repair bills down, give it a longer life and ensure that it is always at peak performance.

Whether your skis or snowboard are in need of a wax, edge, sharpening or precision tune, head to Outside Sports. Overnight service, repeat-service discounts and special deals through the season. 

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Opening Hours:

Queenstown Ski Workshop

Open June 2nd - October 30th*

Everyday from 9.00am - 8.00pm

*Ski mounting and waxing is available all year round


Wanaka Ski Workshop

Open June 1st- October 30th

Everyday from 8.30am - 6.00pm


Can we Fix it?- Yes we can. Check out our Ski Technicians blog- step by step core shot repair.

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Get Ski and Snowboard Fit

Is your Body ready for winter?

The snow has fallen here in the Southern Alps of New Zealand but are you ready to get back on the Skis or Snowboard and hit the slopes this winter? There's less than 3 weeks to go until opening day and with the right preparation for strengthening your hamstrings, quadriceps, back and core, you won't have to risk injury or suffer from the usual aches and pains that you may normally experience at the start of each season.

Follow these 5 exercises to get you ready for our El Nino winter ahead from Mike Morin, U.S. Winter Olympics Ski Team coach.

1. Toy Soldiers- for flexible hamstrings

How to: To start, stand up straight with your left arm out to your side at shoulder height. Without bending your knee, kick your right leg while extending your left arm out in front of you to touch your toe. Repeat with the left leg and right arm. Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps on each side, alternating legs, moving forward with a step in between each kick.

Get Ski and Snowboard Fit Toy Soldier Outside Sports NZ


2. Step-Ups- for leg strengthening.

How to: Stand facing a box, step or chair and place your right foot on the flat surface. Step your left leg up to meet your right, by pushing into your right foot and using the muscles in the right leg to propel you (rather pushing off your left foot). Step down with your left leg, then your right. Complete three sets of 10 to 12 reps and then switch legs.

Get Ski and Snowboard Fit Step Ups Outside Sports NZ

3. Physioball Hamstring Curl- to strengthen the hamstrings.

How to: Begin laying on your back, palms down on the floor, with your legs extended and your feet resting on top of a large exercise ball. Using your leg and core strength, begin to draw the ball in toward your body until your knees are bent and you're in a shoulder bridge position. Hold this position for a couple seconds before returning to the starting position. Need more of a challenge? Try single leg curls to really test your hamstring and glute strength. Repeat for three sets of 10 to 12 reps.

Get Ski and Snowboard Fit Hamstring curl ball Outside Sports NZ

4. Planks and Side Planks- for strenghting the core.

How to: Balancing on your forearms in a push-up position, use the strength of your abdominals and glutes to keep your hips raised to shoulder height, taking extra care not to sag in the midsection. For the side plank, shift from a plank position onto one hand, with the other either extended into the air or on your hip and your feet stacked. Complete three sets (one regular plank and one on each side) of 30- to 60-second holds.

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5. Supermans- lower back strengthening.

How to: Start by lying on your stomach with your arms extended out in front of you. Slowly lift your arms and upper body, keeping your neck in a neutral position. At the same time, lift your legs off the ground, keeping your ankles as close together as you can. Hold for a few seconds before returning your arms and legs back to the floor. Complete three sets of 30 to 60 second holds.

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It's a tempting mad rush on opening day to be one of the first on the chairlift, but remember that a few reps of dynamic moves like toy soldiers and step-ups will get you warm and limber so you can really enjoy that first ski/ snowboard of the season. Look after your body after a day of skiing or snowboarding with some long, static stretches and a hot tub or hot bath to ensure your muscles are ready for day two and the season ahead.

A well balance diet and a hydrated body will also help before, during and after exercise. See our range of Sports Nutrition at Outside Sports for aid in Sports performance and recovery.

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