Four days out from the start of the Winter Games in Queenstown and Wanaka, New Zealand's best alpine skiers are preparing to shine on their own slopes.
More than 800 athletes from 38 countries will take to their skis and snowboards, as qualification for next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea heats up.
"It will be a chance to put my skills to the test on my home mountain," Willis Feasy told 1 NEWS.
"I'd quite like to win it to be honest, that would be great for my world ranking."
Feasy's main Kiwi competition Adam Barwood shares the same view, targeting success in front of his home crowd.
"They're the biggest races of our season, there should be a lot of good guys attending. So yeah it will be a good competition," he says.
"There will be a lot of guys pushing hard to get some good results before the Olympics."
It's not just the experienced that'll be competing, with 15-year old Alice Robinson turning heads in her first year competing at the highest level, not handicapped by her age.
"I don't mind being the youngest, I quite like it because I find it a bit more of like a challenge," Robinson says.
"The Government has to balance pay demands across the public sector. We have gone as far as we can in terms of extra Government money," Dr Clark said this afternoon.