Thursday, January 20, 2011

Kreischberg to Host First Halfpipe World Cup Event

The very first World Cup in Halfpipe is taking place in Kreischberg (AUT) on Friday January 21st. On the way to the World Ski Championship in 2015, Kreischberg/Murau experience a premiere: when the Halfpipe previously was reserved for snowboarder, the fight in Kreischberg will be the first time freestyle skiers compete for World Cup points. 11 nations has signed up for the event, with a total of 32 men and 6 ladies, so far.
The building of the pipe is a huge task. 20.000 m³ of snow were produced in December, the shaping of the pipe took several days. Since last week the pipe is ready. Austrian and Norwegian team already had some training units in the Worldcup pipe and are found of the perfect conditions. The Halfpipe in Kreischberg has a length of 120 meters and a gradient of 17 %. The pipe is 5,40 meters high and the distance "lip to lip" is 18 meters.
Supported by the Province of Styria as well as the Styrian and Austrian Ski Association Kreischberg/Murau region will host the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and FIS Snowboard World Championships in 2015. This would probably make Styria the only region in the world to have hosted all FIS World Championships at least once (Alpine world ski championships in Schladming, Nordic world ski championships in Ramsau, grass skiing in Gaal, snowboarding and telemark in Kreischberg/Murau.
Kreischberg/Murau has a long tradition of being a venue for major international events: the first Snowboard World Cup was held here in 1997. It was followed by 6 further Snowboard World Cups and the 2003 World Championships. With two Ski Cross World Cups already under its belt the Kreischberg organising committee also has experience in hosting freestyle skiing events.
Telemark was presented as an attractive discipline to a wide public in Austria with the staging of the 2008 World Cup and the 2009 World Championships. The Kreischberg organising committee has plenty of experience and grassroots support: up to 200 voluntary helpers from "Sportunion Kreischberg" and the "Kreisch Indios" offer their services at various major events for free. Their efforts are complemented by the full support of Kreischberg Lift Company, the local authority and the tourist board.
In Kreischberg/Murau ski area you can find 40 kilometres of ski runs connected by 13 cable cars and lifts.

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