International FIS racing returns to Mt Buller
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.