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NZ Skiing Masters Expects Large Field At Coronet Peak

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28 July 2008 - The traditional large field is expected to line up for the prestigious New Zealand Skiing Masters at Coronet Peak (August 7-9) with the early morning downhill being a significant drawcard.

This year's event has attracted sponsorship from Browns Ski Shop, Merrell, Head and Volkl Skis, Rockburn Wines and Sacred Hill Wines.

Co-ordinator Fraser Skinner says the support has been outstanding. "We are without sponsorship from Volkswagen this year and it is fantastic to see the other sponsors step up to ensure we can stage the same high calibre event."

The New Zealand Skiing Masters is always well patronised by masters' skiers from around the country particularly because it is 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," says Skinner.

Bad weather last year forced the cancellation of the three day Masters programme and 2006 winners Walter Unterberger (Nelson) and Kate Rattray's (Christchurch) combined titles will be up for challenge.

"We always get very competitive fields right through the age groups, "says Skinner. " The over 70s categories are just as hotly contested as the younger ones and we expect we will also 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 different dimension."

Downhill training will be held on Thursday August 7 with the downhill itself running at 8.00am on Friday August 8. A slalom is scheduled for August 7 at 10.30am followed by a prizegiving for both events at the JSD Lodge at Coronet Peak.

The premier event is the giant slalom which will be staged on Saturday August 9 at 11.00am. A prizegiving and dinner is planned for the Arrowtown Hall the same evening.

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