Tomorrow the 7th season of FIS Freestyle World Cup Ski Cross Tour will kick off in St. Johann in Tirol (Austria). Over 120 skiers from at least 23 nations are now ready for the first competition of the season. "Pure adrenaline rush" was the title of the first poster of the Skier Cross series. The race parcours in Oberndorf can be viewed from the start to the finishing line and thus provokes a pure adrenaline rush in all spectators and thus makes the St. Johann Skier Cross competition a top event. 4 skiers simultaneously rush down the inherently challenging route on their skis. Besides the natural challenges, the route on the Penzinhang slope becomes a special highlight through jumps, steep curves, wave tracks and tables.
Over the next two weeks, from Monday, 5th January, until Sunday, 19th January, there will be four Freestyle FIS World Cup ski cross events held in three nations on two continents. Over half of the points in the ski cross World Cup are up for grabs in early January. These competitions will also be used to qualify for the 2009 Inawashiro FIS Freestyle World Championships and also as part of the qualification for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In 2010, this exciting and risky sports discipline will for the first time be an Olympic discipline at the Winter Games in Vancouver.
Directly after St. Johann competitions the tour moves in quick succession. The second competition will be held in Les Contamines (FRA) on 10th January, and the third in near-by Flaine (FRA) on 14th January. The teams will then journey over the Atlantic to Lake Placid (USA), the host of the 1980 Olympic Winter Games and the 1991 FIS Freestyle World Championships. This will be the first ever ski cross World Cup held in the ski crazy part of eastern North America.