Big names in ski racing ascend Mt Hotham

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See some of Australia’s best ski athletes compete against racers from all over the world this week, as part of Hotham’s FIS Racing Festival 30 July to 2 August.

Hotham's action packed four day FIS Racing Festival includes FIS Slalom, Giant Slalom, FIS ANC Skier X and a Teams Dual Slalom night event, attracting some high profile, up and coming talent from around the world.

Robby Kelley, who was the youngest American male to score World Cup tech points in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, will join Mt Hotham Race Squad to train for the next month and compete in the FIS Slalom on Friday. This year alone, Robby has won six FIS Slalom events and has a current World Ranking of 53rd in the Slalom. Robby has number one set in his sights and is one skier you won't want to miss.

Michelle Podnecky from the USA is currently ranked 71st world ranking, with career highlights including 2010 and 2012 USCSA national champion for all divisions, including All-American and 11th overall in the regional champs in 2013. Michelle will compete to win in the FIS ANC SX on Saturday and Sunday.

Also competing in the festival, are home grown Olympians Ross Peraudo and Anton Grimus. Grimus has shown once again, this past World Cup Ski X season, that he has the speed to beat the best. Grimus will be hoping to take a solid training stint out of this unique ski racing festival program and capitalise on the head to head action.

Hotham's own up and coming Louis Muhlen and Falls Creek's Alec Scott will be on show against the big boys. Unfortunately, Hotham's Greta Small is still in recovery mode after a knee operation at the start of Winter.

Following Hotham's FIS Ski Racing Festival is the Hotham FIS ANC SBX Championship which will see the pros hit our international standard Rider X Course, including Hotham's own two time world number one, Alex 'Chumpy' Pullin