Rainbow racers battle it out for top prize at Winter Pride

A group of skiers and snowboarders clad in rainbows battled it out on the mountains on Thursday - but it was all for a good cause.

The Ski Charity Race was part of Winter Pride, being held in Queenstown September 1 - September 9, and raised funds for the local Wakatipu Youth Trust.

It would have been hard to miss the group of competitors at the Remarkables Ski Field. Several of them, including Winter Pride directors Martin King and Mike Hughes, trailed a rainbow flag as a cape.

Others wore smaller rainbow flags tucked into any nook or cranny that would suit, including waving proudly from their helmets.

The racers competed for bragging rights - always an excellent motivator - and an assortment of prizes, with first place awarded a season's pass to NZ Ski's Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Mt Hutt ski fields.

Rainbow racers battle it out for top prize at Winter Pride
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It was a hot competition on a stunning, blue day. One competitor even opted to strip off their jacket and shirt to race down in just the qualifying bib.

They were joined by members of the local police force - once of whom equipped a little rainbow flag on his weapons' belt.

Rainbow racers battle it out for top prize at Winter Pride
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After several hours of racing the winners were crowned back at the special Pride Zone back at the base of the field, standing proudly on their podiums in front of what appeared to be an adoring crowd.

Spot prizes included an award for the Best Bail, won after a particularly spectacular tumble.

Breanna Barraclough stayed at Winter Pride courtesy of QT Hotels.

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