Athletes from over 30 nations have gathered in Wānaka for the Winter Games which get underway today with an opening ceremony at Pembroke Park.
In additional to the regular schedule of alpine, freeride and freestyle events, the Winter Games are also hosting the inaugural International Obsidian Challenge.
The challenge pits the best freeski and snowboard athletes against each other in four teams - representing Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania.
The Winter Games are running from today until the 15th September. Kathryn speaks to Marty Toomey, the chief executive of the Winter Games NZ.