Mt Hutt To Host World Cup Teams In Preparation For Olympics

Postby Melissa_Theuriau on Tue 21/Jul/09 11:32am

Visitors to Mt Hutt this winter will be rewarded with some spectacular skiing action as the “Capital of Speed” plays host to several World Cup Teams in training for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

From 20 July through to 20 September Mt Hutt’s International Race Training Arena will be set alight by athletes reaching speeds of up to 120 km/h in the Downhill training course. Teams this year include Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, New Zealand, and Australia as well as Olympic hosts Canada.

Paul Marks, Head of Race and Events, said the Arena was in superb condition and encouraged people to come and witness the world’s best alpine ski racers in action.

“We’re going to see some pretty intense training this year in the build up to the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next year,” he said. “It’s a privilege to host these world class teams on our slopes and we’ll be rewarded with some amazing ski racing. The speeds these athletes reach is unbelievable and incredible to watch.”

Mr Marks said the Australia New Zealand Cup Finals (ANC) and the National Championship Super G in early September (8 -11) promised to be another race event highlight this season.

“Athletes from all over the world will compete in this final race of the ANC series where an overall champion will be crowned,” he said. “It’s the biggest race competition in Australasia, and is just one step below the World Cup and a fantastic spectator event with lots going on both on and off the hill.”

Meanwhile the Lindauer Wombats Village Champs series is already underway at the high country ski resort. The serious and social race series runs throughout July and early August with both team and individual events. Amateurs and pros can compete in ski, snowboard and telemark categories.

“There’s a fantastic vibe on the mountain while this is on – there’s excellent snowsports action, music, live commentary and mulled wine at the finish line,” he said. “Local businesses really get behind it by kindly donating spot prizes for a very social prize giving in the town after each race day.”

Other race events at Mt Hutt this season include the Landrover Mt Hutt Masters, an alpine race series from 28 July to 1 August. Masters aged 21 years and over train for three days before two days of exciting racing in the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G events. A great lead up to the Masters is the HEAD Sunday Race Series going on every Sunday during July.

For snowboarders, the Snowboard Series (27 July, 3,10,17 August) includes soft and hard boot events for amateurs and pros.

Young skiers will be blazing down Mt Hutt’s slopes as part of the National Youth Series from 22 to 25 August. This is a national alpine ski race including Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G for Zealand Ski Racing registered athletes aged from 11 to 14 years old.
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