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By GUY WILLIAMS

Browns Ski Shop co-owner Paul ‘Haggis’ Vaitkus scorches down the slalom course on the first day of the NZ Skiing Masters at Coronet Peak last Friday.

Co-organiser Geoff Hunt, of Queenstown, says 34 men and women competed in slalom and giant slalom at the two-day event, with the second day postponed to last Sunday because of bad weather.

A super-G race was cancelled because of unsuitable snow conditions that Friday, Hunt says.

With final standings determined by adjusting race times with an age handicap system, Hunt himself was top overall male across the two disciplines, while Wanaka’s Bonny Teat finished top overall woman.

Hunt’s also managed to wrap up the national men’s giant slalom title before the fifth and final round, which prior to last week’s Covid lockdown had been scheduled at Wanaka’s
Treble Cone over the weekend.

guy.williams@scene.co.nz