Olympians Ben Kilner from Banchory and Aviemore’s Alain Baxter will both be attending the Western Saab Challenge, Scottish Snowcross Championships, which returns to Scotland on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th March 2011. The Olympians will be attending the event to support the riders and award prizes at the two day event. It is organised by Aberdeen Snowsports Club and heads to Glenshee Ski Centre for what is sure to be an action packed, adrenaline fuelled event.
The event is the only one of its kind to be held in the United Kingdom. At last year’s event nearly 100 competitors from all over Scotland raced head to head in an adrenalin and action packed knockout race along a course consisting of man-made and natural rollers, jumps, kickers and banked turns, all at high speed. Banchory’s Olympic Snowboard Super-pipe finalist in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Ben Kilner said: “Snowcross is a great event and I’m stoked that Aberdeen Snowsports Club have brought this to Glenshee where I learned to ride all those years ago! “It’s really exciting for spectators and competitors alike, bringing together alpine and freestyle skiers and boarders in the same event.”
Former Olympic Skier and BBC wintersports pundit Alain Baxter added: “Last year’s Championships were a great addition to the Scottish and British snow sports scene and it is fantastic to see such a prestigious sport coming to the UK. It is also great to see the continued support from Saab. “I can’t wait to see the action at Glenshee for myself and absolutely delighted to support Aberdeen Snowsports Club with the Western Saab Scottish Snowcross Championships.”
For more info on Skiing and Snowboarding the Cairngorms check www.cairngorms-park.com/activities/Winter-Sports/