As winter is yet to descend on the Austrian alps, those taking part in the Red Bull Huettenrallye can keep their skis stored in their ski huts for a little while longer. In order to guarantee an exciting and safe race through a challenging run on a perfect slope, the freeski 6 cross event at St. Anton am Arlberg has been delayed to January 2012. US ski star Daron Rahlves will of course still be there at the start of the year and pit himself against local challengers.
Delayed but even more action-packed than ever, the Red Bull Hüttenrallye is to take place in St. Anton on 27 and 28 January. The unique freeski 6 event is certain to leave its marks on the Tyorl countyside. The course leads over two kilometres right through tricky alpine terrain, bumping over tree trunks, rocks and even ski hut roofs. Down a 400 metre altitude differential and during two minutes of intense skiing the racers will pass over rough land, head over and through ski huts as well as creeping through an on-foot section. Nerves of steel and a remarkable ability to stay on your feet are not enough; some skilful use of the elbows is also an absolute must.
US power in Tyrol. US star Daron Rahlves, who left everyone behind in last year’s Red Bull Red Bull Hüttenrallye, will be the man to beat again this year. One of his main challengers will be local Tyrolean hero Lukas Hübl, who last year took a sensational second place. The keys to a shiny new Suzuki Swift awaits the winner.
Female power. The women’s competition will also see exciting six-way races to decide the winner. Heats in the female competition get underway on the Friday. There are still spaces left for courageous female skiers to register on www.redbull.at/huettenrallye.
Be right by the action. Anyone wanting to catch the action-packed race can see the stars in the flesh from on 27 and 28 January from the edge of the course and go on the hunt for autographs. The skiers will swish to a halt after the finish right next to the Galzigbahn ski left, which is also easy for spectators to access on foot.