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Ski with Eddie The Eagle in Saalbach to set a skiing World Record by descending the height of Everest en masse. And it's all for charity. NEW

Become a World Record holder skiing alongside Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards by taking part in Ski 4 Cancer's Everest Challenge.

One PlanetSKI reader, Scott Hammond, has decided to do it twice as he raises money for his wife who resently died from cancer, but more of his plans later.

The UK-based charity is calling for skiers to attempt to set a new World Record in March by skiing, as one large group, down the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest - 8,848m.

The challenge will take place in the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach on March 9th.

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.

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"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," Ski 4 Cancer trustee, Andy Hayward, said.

"Skiing the height of Mount Everest in one day is a tough challenge, though, even for advanced skiers like Mr Eddie Edwards!"

See here for a clip of our British legend, Michael (Eddie) Edwards, in 1988:

This year there will be prizes for the best dressed skiers as well as a big afterparty for the celebrities and all skiers involved.

"We missed out on getting the record last year by just a few skiers so this year we have some unfinished business," Andy continued.

See more on last year's attempt here.

"We all know someone who has been affected by cancer. Nearly 1,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer every day. Become a World Record holder and help people living with cancer at the same time," Andy finished, urging those in the area to take part in the event.

As we have mentioned PlanetSKI reader, Scott Hammond, will be doing it twice.

"I am undertaking this mammoth challenge in memory of my wife Wenche. Wenche died from cancer last year at the age of 42 after a six month battle, leaving behind me and our five year old daughter, Maja," said Scott.

"I am going to ski that twice however (assuming the conditions are right). Even for me, this is going to be a massive challenge. An 18 Kilometre vertical is a huge distance to ski in one day," added Scott.

The Wenche Hammond Fund is being launched in the lead up to the main Ski 4 Cancer World Record attempt  - see here if you wish to donate to Scott's efforts.

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"We are proud to be hosting this event on the slopes of the Skicircus Saalbach Hinterglemm Leogang Fieberbrunn," the director of Tourism at Saalbach, Wolfgang Breitfuß,said about the event.

"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."

To find out more or to register for the event, see here.

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For news from Saalbach this season check out PlanetSKI's 'postcard'.

About Ski 4 Cancer:

Ski 4 Cancer was set up by a group of keen skiers and snowboarders who have lost someone to cancer.

It aims to give families living with the disease something to look forward to by providing a range of alpine respite holidays.

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.

Visit the charity's website.

See you in Saalbach in March!See you in Saalbach in March!














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