Tuesday, March 23, 2004 - Latest News
Heat Won't Melt Down International Spring Series

The Colorado International Spring Series is less than one week away, and despite a heat wave of epic proportions, things are shaping up for an incredible week of racing and socializing with some of the world's best cross country skiers. Our primary venues are definitely feeling the pressure, but race director Nathan Schultz skied the courses and backup sites today and says that the CISS is 100% definite.

Schultz reports: "overall the snow cover is still good, but a few exposed spots will cause us to re-route several of our primary courses. The first backup site still has over three feet of snow and will provide two great courses for us if we have to go there. Our secondary backup sites at two different alpine areas are unlikely to come into play, even if the heat continues for the next two weeks, but they will be there if we need them."

On-line registration is available at www.springseries.com, as is a complete schedule of events. This event is not just for the pros! Juniors and recreational skiers racing in the citizen category will be at the starting line too, with merchandise prizes for citizens and juniors classes valued at over $15,000! Races are scheduled from March 27 – April 4 at Devil’s Thumb, Snow Mountain Ranch, Sol Vista and Mary Jane ski areas.

In addition to the individual days of competition, there will be three exciting overall competitions based on cumulative time, sprint points and climbing points.

The opportunity to finish off the season in Colorado's sun and compete for $15,500 in cash prizes has drawn one of the best elite cross country ski racing fields to American soil since the 2002 Olympics! 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist Claudia Kuenzel will be joined by her German teammates Jens Filbrich (ranked 6th in the world), sprinter Dirk Klessen, Rene Reisshauer and Antje Maempel. Norway will be represented by Joergen Aukland, winner of the 2003 Worldloppet, Unni Odegard, Fredrik Aukland, and Anders Hallingstad; Russia by Ivan Babikov. After a strong showing on the World Cup, the Canadian men's team will be challenging the US Team for North American bragging rights. We have a great schedule of races and social events, so we hope you’ll join us!

For more information see www.springseries.com, contact race director Nathan Schultz at or Sharon Cutler at .

The US Ski Team International Spring Series is a prestigious series awarded to Colorado for the first time in 2004. This year’s races mark the first time a major cross-country competition has been held in the state in over 10 years. The series has traveled around the country to different venues and has a long history of attracting the world’s best talent.

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