While many in the Northern Hemisphere are at the beach, the racing season in the Southern Hemisphere is about to get going. Both the Alpine and Cross-Country FIS Continental Cups will launch their competition seasons on 6th-8th August 2010.
The South American Cup in Alpine Skiing will be starting in Cerro Castor, Ushuaia (ARG) with a set of technical events, whilst the Australia/New Zealand Cup in Cross-Country Skiing will kick off at Snow Farm in New Zealand. The Alpine SAC will then continue with giant slalom races in Chapelco (ARG) on 21st-22nd August, while the ANC in Cross-Country will move to Australia for additional races in Falls Creek and Perisher Valley. Chile with Valle Nevado, La Parva, El Colorado and Antillanca will be hosting the additional SAC Alpine competitions between 25th August and 17th September.
The Australia/New Zealand Cup in Alpine Skiing, another one of the five Alpine Inter-Continental Cup programs, will be getting underway in the middle of August in Mt. Hotham (AUS). Mt Hotham will also host the start of the Snowboard ANC season in Down Under on 7th-8th August whilst the Freestyle ANC season will kick off at Perisher on 20th-21st August 2010.
For all upcoming competitions in the Southern Hemisphere, the athletes can count on good conditions with record cold weather in some regions. Clearly the time to enjoy snow sports in the Southern Hemisphere!
Source: International Ski Federation
Nathaniel Herz is a reporter for FasterSkier, who also covers city government for the Anchorage Daily News in Alaska. You can follow him on twitter @nat_herz.