In­ter­na­tional FIS rac­ing re­turns to Mt Buller

Mt Buller News - - FRONT PAGE - By RICHARD HASLAU

Jessica Haslau, MBRC coach, ath­lete and Aus­tralian Ski team mem­ber rac­ing on Lit­tle Buller Spur.

THIS week sees the re­turn of in­ter­na­tional FIS rac­ing to Mt Buller.

Last Fron­tier Heli Ski­ing has an­nounced that it will be the nam­ing rights spon­sor of the event which in­cludes two FIS Aus­tralia New Zealand Cup (ANC) Skier cross events and two FIS Slalom events.

The Skier cross will be run in a sprint se­ries for­mat and is the first event of its type to be run at Mt Buller and will be held on the newly formed Skier cross course on the Sky­line race area.

Lit­tle Buller Spur will be the venue of the Slalom and com­peti­tors will en­joy the ben­e­fits of the new start hut and ex­cel­lent snow as they start of the rac­ing sea­son in Aus­tralia at Mt Buller.

Buller Ski Lifts (BSL) in con­junc­tion with Mt Buller Race Club (MBRC) have re-de­signed the Skier cross course and ex­pect that the com­peti­tors and the gen­eral pub­lic will en­joy the new fa­cil­ity which in­cludes im­proved rollers, jumps and other fun and chal­leng­ing fea­tures.

The pub­lic should be able to get a great view of the event even when rid­ing the Sky­line T Bar or Bull Run chairs.

Both lifts will be op­er­a­tional dur­ing the event and free en­try will be avail­able to view the event from the many spec­ta­tor ar­eas around the course.

Events like this take a lot of or­gan­i­sa­tion and would not be pos­si­ble without the full sup­port of Buller Ski Lifts and the team led by moun­tain man­ager Nick Reeves.

As the event or­gan­iser, MBRC would like to thank the many peo­ple that have helped de­sign, make and shape the course in­clud­ing Mane Blomeier, Katha­rina Bergman, Bryan Tay­lor and Dude the kat driver.

Train­ing for the Skier cross and Slalom started on Mon­day, and rac­ing be­gan Tues­day, Au­gust 1st and 2nd for Skier cross and con­tin­ues Au­gust 3rd and 4th for the Slalom.

Events usu­ally start as the lifts open in the morn­ing so get along to see some of Aus­tralia’s emerg­ing tal­ent and cur­rent Aus­tralian Team mem­bers com­pete over the week.

Slalom skiers will also seek to place their name on the Tom Mathias Me­mo­rial tro­phy and this will be awarded to the over­all fastest male and fe­male skier over the two days.

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