The titles of 2006 New Zealand Skiing Masters champions
Walter Unterberger, of Nelson, and Kat Rattray, of
Christchurch, will be contested in next month's
championships, after bad weather forced the cancellation of
the event last year.
Co-ordinator Fraser Skinner said a traditionally large field
was expected to line up for the prestigious event at Coronet
Peak, which runs from August 7-9, with the early morning
downhill event expected to be a significant drawcard.
Mr Skinner said the support for the annual event had been
Browns Ski Shop, Merrell, Head and Volkl Skis, Rockburn Wines
and Sacred Hill Wines had all come on board for the 2008
event, he said.
The NZ Skiing Masters was always well patronised by masters
skiers from around the country, particularly because it was
the only masters race to feature a downhill.
"The downhill is always popular and it is exciting to watch
competitors race from the top of the M1 to the bottom just as
the sun comes up.
"We always get very competitive fields right through the
age-groups - the over 70s categories are just as hotly
contested as the younger ones, and we expect we will have
some entrants over 80.
"What we are really hoping this year is for some new
competitors around the 30 age-group to add a new dimension."
Downhill training will be held on August 7 with the downhill
event run at 8am on August 8.
A slalom is scheduled for 10.30am on August 7, followed by a
prizegiving for both at JSD's Lodge at Coronet Peak.
The premier event, the giant slalom, will be staged on August
9 at 11am and a prizegiving dinner is planned for the
Athenaeum Hall at Arrowtown that night.
Entry forms for the 2008 New Zealand Skiing Masters are
available from Browns Ski Shop or the Alpine Ski Team on
Robins Rd, Queenstown, or at www.skiracing.org.nz.