The festivities will kick off on Monday, August 10th with a free opening party featuring Sunshine Soundsystem in Queenstown, NZ at the Skyline Gondola, followed by an after party at Rattlesnake Bar.
Competition will get underway on Wednesday, August 12th with men’s slopestyle prequalification and qualifications, followed by the women’s slopestyle qualifiers. On Thursday, August 13th, the men’s halfpipe prequalification and qualification rounds will go down, followed by women’s halfpipe qualifications. The Gravis Open Sessions will also kick off on August 13th with music from Black Sun Empire (NL), State of Mind and Truth at the Lake Wanaka Center, followed by an after party at Postoffice Lane.
All eyes will be on the slopestyle course on Friday, August 14th for men’s and women’s slopestyle semifinals and finals. Later, the action will move to Wanaka for the first annual Fight Night at the Lake Wanaka Center, where riders will duke it out UFC-style for the title. An after party will follow at Postoffice Lane.
The 22’ superpipe at Cardrona Alpine Resort, the same size halfpipe that will be featured at the 2010 Winter Olympics, will be the locale for the men’s and women’s halfpipe semifinal and final competitions on Saturday, August 15th. In the evening, Tiki Live and DJ Reno will wrap up the week’s festivities with the final act of the Gravis Sessions, taking place at the Lake Wanaka Center followed by an after party at Postoffice Lane.
If you can’t make it to New Zealand, watch the semifinals and finals live on Go211.com, where webcasts and highlights of the competitions will also be available for on-demand viewing once the event is over.