Join Eddie ‘The Eagle’ in Austria and make ski history

Become a World Record holder alongside Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards in March 2017 by taking part in Ski 4 Cancer’s Everest Challenge. The Challenge will take place on the slopes of Austria’s premier ski area (Saalbach) on Thursday 9 March.

UK ski charity Ski 4 Cancer is calling for skiers from across Europe in an attempt to set a new World Record on Thursday the 9th of March 2017 alongside ski jumping legend Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards. The challenge will be to descend the height of Mount Everest (29,029ft) as one large group and raise funds for Ski 4 Cancer at the same time.

The challenge will take place in the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach. With more than 270 kilometres of piste and 70 high speed ski lifts, the Skicircus is one of the largest ski areas in Europe linking the resorts of Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang and Fieberbrunn.

Andy Hayward, Trustee at Ski 4 Cancer said “We’re looking for 500 skiers from across Europe who want to become World Record holders. In this unique event, skiers from lots of different countries will be united by a disease which affects us all irrespective of nationality. Skiing the height of Mount Everest in one day is a tough challenge though, even for advanced skiers like Mr Eddie Edwards!”

Andy continued “We missed out on getting the record last year by just a few skiers so this year we have some unfinished business. With a number of entertainment zones on the course this year, this year’s event is going to be a lot of fun and there’ll be prizes for the best dressed skiers! Challengers will be joined by a number of high profile celebrities like Eddie Edwards and they’ll be a massive party afterwards for all those who have taken part.”

Andy concluded “We all know someone who has been affected by cancer… nearly 1,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every day. 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.”

Commenting on the announcement, Wolfgang Breitfuß, Director of Tourism at Saalbach said “We are proud to be hosting this event on the slopes of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn. 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 again in March.”

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About Ski 4 Cancer

Ski 4 Cancer was set up by a group of keen skiers and snowboarders who have all lost a close relative or friend to cancer. By providing a range of alpine respite holidays for families living with cancer, Ski 4 Cancer gives families something to look forward to at the end of treatment schedules or after a loved one has died. Ski 4 Cancer also makes grants to palliative care centres and supports research into the positive effects of exercise and how it can both prevent cancer and assist in people’s recovery post diagnosis.


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