Snow Park NZ will be the first and only resort in Lake Wanaka to offer night skiing and riding this winter season providing visitors with more time on the mountain and a unique experience on snow under floodlights.

Eight floodlights have been installed across the terrain park allowing skiers and riders full access to the east-side Box-run, with many intermediate and beginner boxes, rails and jumps on Tuesday and Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm throughout July and August.

To coincide with the launch of night riding Mountain Dew Night Sessions, an amateur snowboard rail jam series, will be held on six nights throughout the season – culminating to an invitational finale. Cash prizes are up for grabs after each round with finale winners taking home grand prizes of $6,000 for men and $3,000 for women.

Sam Lee, Snow Park NZ manager is delighted to be able to offer snow sports enthusiasts more time on the mountain. “For skiers and riders who are time short during the day, they can pop up to Snow Park in the evening to get their turns in. Being on snow at night under flood lights is quite thrilling, and with relatively uncrowded slopes and a hot meal available in the Woolshed it will be a great alternative Friday night out,” he said.

The Woolshed Restaurant and Bar offers an excellent viewing platform across the park for night sessions, serving hot tasty food to keep riders going on the cold winter nights. Live music from local bands and djs will keep the Woolshed buzzing on Tuesday and Friday nights throughout the season.

Night skiing/riding is available either as an add-on to a day pass or as an individual night riding pass. Individual night riding tickets are just $35 for adults and $20 for youth. Night riding is inclusive for all season pass holders.

Held on Thursday nights from 5pm the Mountain Dew Night Sessions will take a jam format for riders to earn points throughout the series. The Thursday competition nights include 19 June, 3, 17 July and 7, 28 August with the invitational finale set for Friday September 5.

Visitors keen to make a night of it can book in to the on-mountain accommodation; the luxury apartments and backpacker bunkrooms are now open for bookings.

Snow Park NZ is scheduled to open 13 June, for further information visit www.snowparknz.com