The CraigieBurner will take place this weekend in what will be near perfect conditions. The Craigieburn Range has been hammered with weather over the last 2 weeks now and things are looking great, with over 50cm of new snow!
The 2008 CraigieBurner winner and organizer of the 2008 Ohau Backcountry Blast, DuncanSherratt, will be organizing the '09 Burner.
The word from Duncan-
"The Scarpa Craigieburner ski mountaineering race will be taking place this year on the 5th of September at Craigieburn Valley Ski Area. As the oldest race of it’s kind in New Zealand it is certainly unique. Competitors will have the chance to use the lifts or their own steam to race around the mountain. It is
essentially a day’s ski touring or club field skiing condensed into
about 1-2 hours. The event has a really good vibe as only you could get at a club ski field in New Zealand.
Gary Mac getting his Burn on
We’re again lucky to have awesome support from Scarpa, Marmot and Craigieburn Valley. Scarpa have generously offered two pairs of Scarpa ski boots for prizes. As they say you have to be into win so we hope to see you all there on the 5th of September. The ski boots will be given away as spot prizes. So all the more reason to turn up and ski quite quickly (up and down).
The scene at the finish line of the '08 Burner
The race will be kicking off at 10am. We’ll be up there from 8.30am taking registrations. We’ll have a few beers and laugh about the day later on in Koroheke Lodge.If you have any questions about the event check the blog, www.craigieburner09.blogspot.com. The blog will be updated with information, course details and entry information closer to the event."