Finn Bilous

In October 2022 Finn was announced as a season wildcard for the 2023 Freeride World Tour. Finn has represented New Zealand and the Beijing 2022 and the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. In 2019 Finn finished fifth in Big Air at the Utah 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships. In 2016, at the age of 16, Finn won two medals for NZ at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Oslo. Finn won the Breakthrough Season category at the 2016 Snow Sports NZ Annual Awards and was a finalist for the Emerging Talent award at the 2017 Halberg Awards.  

Disciplines:   Freeride, Slopestyle & Big Air

Home Town:   Wānaka

Career Highlights:  

2023 Freeride World Tour wildcard athlete, 2022 and 2018 Winter Olympian; World Cup Bronze medal, Big Air, Cardrona, 2018; Silver medal, Halfpipe, bronze medal, Slopestyle, 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games, Oslo; 5th place Freeski Big Air 2019 World Champs



Growing up in Wanaka with the Southern Alps as his backyard, Finn had begun skiing by the age of two. With both parents keen skiers and his father a heli ski guide and avalanche safety instructor, Finn was encouraged to spend plenty of time in the mountains and didn’t take much persuading! At the age of 13 he won the inaugural Junior World Heli Challenge.

At home in the backcountry but even more so in the park and pipe, Finn decided to focus on the disciplines of halfpipe and slopestyle. He was named to the Snow Sports NZ Freeski High Performance Development Squad in 2014.

Finn represented New Zealand at the FIS Junior World Championships in 2014 where he placed fifth in halfpipe. In 2016 he was named to the NZ Youth Olympic Winter Games team and travelled to Oslo to compete in freeski halfpipe and slopestyle. He won New Zealand's first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games medal with a silver in the halfpipe and then backed this up with bronze in the slopestyle. This outstanding achievement saw him named as a finalist for the Emerging Talent award at the 2017 Halberg Awards.

Finn competed in the three-stop 2016 NZ Junior Freeride Tour, winning at The Remarkables and Mt Olympus, and placing second at Mt Ruapehu. As the overall tour winner in the men’s ski category Finn qualified to compete at the Freeride Junior World Championships 2017 in Grandvalira, Andorra. However, already committed to a World Cup Slopestyle event in Mammoth Mountain and with Olympic qualification his priority, Finn had to turn down his invitation. 

Finn was the winner of the 2016 Snow Sports NZ Breakthrough Season Award and was named as one of four finalists for the Emerging Talent Awards at The 54th Halberg Awards. 

Finn returned to the northern hemisphere in December 2016 to begin competing in qualification events for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. He was selected to the team in October 2017 and finished 13th in slopestyle in PyeongChang in February 2018. Finn closed out the 2018 Northern Hemisphere season with a career best 5th place in slopestyle at the World Cup in Seiser Alm, Italy.

Finn earned his first World Cup medal in August 2018, competing at his home resort of Cardrona during the Winter Games NZ where he finished third in Big Air.

Finn opened the 2019 Northern Hemisphere season with three top-eight places at Big Air and Slopestyle World Cups in Europe before heading to the World Champs in the USA where he placed fifth in Big Air. His strong results earned him an invite to X Games Aspen.

During the 2019 NZ season Finn was able to compete in freeride comps, winning The North Face Frontier 2* and placing fourth in the 4*.

Finn represented New Zealand in both Freeski Big Air and Freeski Slopestyle at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

In October 2022 Finn was announced as a season wildcard for the prestigious 2023 Freeride World Tour - read the full story here.

Finn participates in a variety of sports including running, surfing, mountain biking, adventure racing and by 'participating' we mean winning medals in all of them! He competed in the Queenstown Half Marathon in November 2016 and finished second in the male 16-19 years’ division.

Read a Q&A with Finn Bilous

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