Ski & Snowboard Australia has confirmed that a lack of sponsor funding forced the decision to cancel the first two stops on the World Cup freestyle aerials skiing tour in 2007, which had been planned for September at Mount Buller ski and snowboard resort in Victoria.
SKI AND SNOWBOARD AUSTRALIA has confirmed that a lack of sponsor funding forced the decision to cancel the first two stops on the 2007-08 World Cup freestyle aerials skiing tour, which had been planned for September at Mount Buller ski and snowboard resort in Victoria.
Mount Buller has hosted a record 30 individual World Cup aerials events over the past 10 years, but Ski and Snowboard Australia CEO Michael Kennedy said that the event had not been able to secure the required levels of commercial support for this year so the decision to cancel had been made regretfully.
"We would have loved Mount Buller to stage the event once again, especially with Jacqui Cooper as the defending World Cup champion and what looks like being a bumper ski season," Kennedy said, "but a World Cup is a very costly undertaking, and without the required levels of sponsorship we have to face commercial realities."
“We are disappointed the world’s best aerial skiers will not be competing at Mount Buller this year but are confident the event will return in the future," said Buller Ski Lifts’ general manager, Laurie Blampied. "The World Cup has the full support of Buller Ski Lifts, the Alpine Resort Management Board, the Victorian Major Events Corporation, Ski & Snowboard Australia, and FIS (the International Ski Federation), so we hope it will be part of Mount Buller’s events calendar in the lead up to the Vancouver Games.”