The 2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships are taking place at Panorama next week. Kimberley had put in a bid to host the World Championships when it was announced they would be in Canada, but was not successful.
However, Kimberley is hosting the tune-up event, the NorAm Cup, this week, starting with the downhill on the Dreadnaught on Wednesday. Downhill and super-combined training began Monday. The super-combined race is scheduled for Thursday.
Approximately 50 skiers from Canada, the U.S., Russia, Slovenia, Australia, Spain and Great Britain are here for the races this week.
Donna Briggs, one of the event organizers, says the track is in great shape with the recent snow and return to colder temperatures.
“Training is going well. For a downhill you need a hard track and the temperatures below zero at night is really helping with that,” she said. “This is ideal weather for racing, especially for speed events.
“There are lots of people here who have never been to Kimberley before and they are really enjoying it. Everyone is having a really good time.