The Austrian winter resort of Saalbach will host a unique fundraiser for the UK-based charity Ski 4 Cancer this March. (file photo: Saalbach)

Ski the Height of Everest in a Day

Saalbach, Austria – UK-based ski charity Ski 4 Cancer is calling on skiers from across Europe to attempt to set a new world record on Friday, March 11, 2016. The challenge will be to descend the height of Mount Everest — 29,029 feet — as one large group to raise funds for Ski 4 Cancer.

This is the first time such a world record has ever been attempted.

The challenge will take place in the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach. With more than 270 kilometers of marked runs for every ability 70 ski lifts, the Skicircus which links the resorts of Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn as the largest ski area in Austria.

The Austrian winter resort of Saalbach will host a unique fundraiser for the UK-based charity Ski 4 Cancer this March. (file photo: Saalbach)
The Austrian winter resort of Saalbach will host a unique fundraiser for the UK-based charity Ski 4 Cancer this March. (file photo: Saalbach)

“We’re looking for 500 skiers from across Europe who want to become World Record holders,” explains Andy Hayward, Trustee at Ski 4 Cancer. “In this unique event, skiers from lots of different countries will be united in one common cause – to raise funds to help fight cancer.  Skiing the height of Mount Everest in one day will be a tough challenge though, even for more advanced skiers.

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“With a number of check-points and entertainment zones on the course, this event is going to be a lot of fun and there’ll be prizes for individuals and teams who raise the most funds for the charity,” Hayward continues. “Challengers will be joined by a number of high profile celebrities from the world of skiing and they’ll be a massive party afterwards for all those who have taken part.”

Hayward says that everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. “So if you’ve yet to book your ski trip for this year, why not join us? Become a world record holder and help people living with cancer at the same time.”

“We are proud to be hosting this event on the slopes of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn,” adds Wolfgang Breitfuß, Director of Tourism at Saalbach. “As the biggest ski region in Austria, we are incredibly proud of our World Class facilities. They are perfect for a World Record attempt like this and we look forward to welcoming the Ski 4 Cancer team in March.”

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To find our more or to register for the event, visit www.ski4cancer.org/everest-world-record.

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