The White Thrill is the spring sporting highlight of the St Anton am Arlberg ski area and takes place April 23.
Hundreds of skiers, snowboarders, bigfooters, and telemarkers meet on the Valluga at 2650 metres for the mass start. The White Thrill is the first stage of the alpine triathlon "Arlberg Eagle" which also features a half marathon in July and a mountain-bike marathon in August.
The race starts from 5 p.m. Saturday and entrance costs €30, which includes the competition and bowl of fresh pasta after the race at the Galzigrestaurant (€25 for Ski Club members on presentation of card). There are 550 starting position only.
Competitors are divided into groups and start at different times. Prizes are presented at the White Noise Party after the race. The prize money totals €1900 which will be divided between the winners of the various groups. There will also be trophies for the first three best times.
The Arlberg region of Austria has an excellent snow record with a reputation for offering skiing right through to early May. St. Anton am Arlberg offers access to 440 kilometres of slopes for all levels of ability connected via state-of-the-art cable cars and lifts.