BARSC Championships 2009
The BARSC Championships were held successfully in Petzen, in Carinthia, South Eastern Austria over the New Year period. A full programme of races was completed including 3 FIS races, 3 BASS Children’s races and two mini competitions.
Congratulations to the winners and to all who took part. The full results can be found by clicking on BARSC Results under the BARSC Championships above this page.
The races were blessed with the best snow for many years. Before we arrived the slope was pressure bar injected to make sure it would hold up and on race days we were supported by up to 60 local volunteers who made sure the races ran as well as possible and conditions remained constant.
BARSC is dedicated to training, racing and to its trainees. The move to Petzen has been good for them. In other resorts, we have wasted training time because we cannot set gates or ski fast. Training in Petzen was excellent both before and during the race week and included speed training for the first time. Even better, with the collapse of the pound against the euro, everything from lift passes to accommodation and coffee was much cheaper than it would have been in Switzerland or the Three Valleys.
Many thanks to our friends in Petzen, the Ski Club Petzen, the tourist board and regional government and to The Ladies’ Ski Club www.ladiesskiclub.org and Racer Ready Magazine www.racer-ready.co.uk who supported and sponsored the races. Without their support it would have been much more difficult and expensive to stage the competition. Thanks also to Alain and Noel Baxter and Andy Nobel for their help and support and a special thank you to Andreas Kristan for all his work and to his wife for hosting the BARSC team.
Finally, a couple of comments from the people who pay – the parents
“We thought the team at Petzen Ski Club and BARSC put on a great set of races, with lifts that opened for training when they said they would, T-bars that didn’t break down every half hour or so, ok, the two huts got a bit crazy at lunch time, but the staff let lots of the kids sit in there without hassling them to buy stuff at 7am, always a BIG plus when it’s a bit nips outside and you have a high start number .... The hotel where we stayed was fantastic, they didn’t bat an eyelid when we requested breakfast at 5.30am, something we have always struggled with in France”
“Personally, I'm delighted to point out that my own reservations about the location were completely wrong and that BARSC & Petzen put on a superb week of racing. Most importantly, the people at Petzen sincerely wanted us there and bent over backwards on a daily basis to make the event the success that it surely was. Indeed - with what I now know - offer me Petzen or Les Mess again and I know where I'd prefer to go every time.”
All about Petzen
Petzen is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Austria. The area is a major summer resort for European water sports, mountain biking and walking. It consists of a number of small villages and towns linked by flat straight roads, with the nearest to the slope being Sankt Michael. In the winter Petzen is much quieter, it is used by national teams for training and locals who ski. While we were there Alain and Noel Baxter and Andy Noble were training with Rainer Schoenfelder. Many of the hotels and guest houses opened specially for the races, and although the temperature was cold the welcome was warm.
It is close to the Slovenian border and easily accessible by air from the UK. Klagenfurt is 30 minutes away, Graz 1 hour and 20 minutes, Vienna 3 hours and the Italian border is 55 minutes. Feedback from last year said about 11.30 hours by car from Calais via toll free Germany or through France.
Although primarily a summer resort, it is a good base for both skiers and non-skiers, in families or groups, with transport. It is easy to nip into Slovenia and visit Bled, the favourite holiday resort of Marshall Tito, the beautiful capital Ljubljana or the magnificent and world famous stalagmite caves of Postojna. The famous white Lipizzaner horses are bred nearby and are within easy reach. Within 60 minutes of Klopeiner See you can reach 7 ski resorts, Bad Kleinkirchheim is only 75 minutes (2 World Cup races December 2007), as is Kranjska Gora. Maribor another World Cup venue is less than two hours away.