Friday, April 18, 2008

Der Weisse Rausch. St. Anton am Arlberg

Tomorrow April 19th, St. Anton am Arlberg will host a new edition of Der Weisse Rausch (The White Thrill). Several hundred skiers, Snowboarders, Bigfooters and Telemarkers meet on the Valluga at 2650 meters for the mass start. Participants cover a 9 kilometres trail through Valfagehrjoch, Ulmerhütte, Steißbachtal, Moos and finally St. Anton.
The race is named after Der Weisse Rausch Film (White Ecstasy, 1931) directed by Dr. Arnold Franck starring by Hannes Schneider and Leni Riefenstahl .
Der Weisse Rausch is also the first stage of the alpine triathlon "Arlberg Eagle". The overall winner must be ahead of the field in the ski race, in the half marathon (July 26th) and in the mountain-bike marathon (August 23rd).