The SL SG Combined team and the World Cup III team from Austria took to the hard packed race slopes of Mt Hutt for early morning race training daily. Supported by twenty staff including a number of coaches, technicians, medical staff and others, the likes of Rainer Schonfelder and Cristoph Gruber fine tuned their racing skills with speeds in excess of 110 kilometres an hour.
It's not the first time the world's most recognised ski team have stepped foot upon Mt Hutt. The current World Champion, Mario Matt, utilised the skills of the Mt Hutt race department in 2006 when he and Herman Maier trained in New Zealand.
Mt Hutt race department director, Paul Marks worked with head coach, Juergen Kriechbaum to ensure the Austrians experienced the best conditions possible. The Women's Swiss team are heading to Mt Hutt in the first week of September to utilise the conditions heralded by the Austrians.
The FIS Australia New Zealand continental cup finals will also be held at Mt Hutt from September 11 - September 14 with Super Kombi, GS and Slalom.