15. Jänner 2021
Dear Mountain Attack Friends
2020 – a year like never before. A virus keeps the world in suspense. The entire world of sports is also extremely affected. However, we all are learning to act responsibly every day.
Touring is outdoor sport in its very own form. The virologists at least agree that an infection outdoor is very unlikely. To date there haven‘t been demonstrable cases or even clusters of transmission in outdoor sports. If you e.g. run in a row, cycle or go up the mountain, aerosols quickly fall to the ground or are blown away due to environmental influences. Nevertheless, it is important to keep distance. This is naturally given when touring due to the skis – to the front and back – and the stick technique – to the side.
A look back at the far too short winter 19/20 and the 22nd Hervis Mountain Attack should motivate and encourage us all and give us a positive feeling for the coming ski touring season. It was a record attack. The conditions in Saalbach were ideal, the starting field was top international in all categories and thus some new course records were celebrated. Jakob Herrmann and Alba de Silvestro pulverized the times in the Marathon distance, Johanna Hiemer undercut her own best time on the Tour and Victoria Kreuzer set new standards in the Schattberg Race.
The outlook for 2021 brings some interesting news and changes. We have decided to hold a separate competition for our talents between the ages of 8 and 14, with a Junior-Sprint in the basic area. This, in the environment of the world‘s best ski mountaineers, will motivate every young athlete. The finish-line is also new. The new ski run from the Bernkogel directly to the Schattberg X-press valley station is also used by us and brings the participants directly to the new „Attack Arena“.
By the way: the start remains in the village center as always. The Attack Arena will also have the Athletes Lounge / Pasta Party (tent), stage, LED wall, bars and raffle, as well as toilets in the valley station (no shower facilities). Everything compact in one place.
This year it is mandatory to wear face masks (starting gift) in the start zones and in the finisher tent, and every athlete should pay attention to hand hygiene in the sense of personal responsibility. You are also welcome to draw the attention of your colleagues to this. We ask the spectators and supervisors to keep a sufficient distance from the
athletes and to always wear a mask. We want to protect EVERYONE in the best possible way and above all, not to put the athletes and the race in danger.
With this in mind, I wish everyone a good autumn, good training days, rapid snowfall for training, and good luck with the Hervis Mountain Attack 2021. Stay healthy!
EDITORIAL - LR Stefan Schnöll
Dear friends of sport
As Salzburg's State Sports Councilor, it is a particular pleasure for me that the Mountain Attack in Saalbach-Hinterglemm will take place for the 23rd time this winter.
With a large international starting field, this event has been an important part of the domestic winter sports calendar for years and is an enormous asset to the sporting region of Salzburg.
The corona pandemic has kept us very busy in recent months. The sports world was also severely affected and has stood still for a few weeks this year. So I think it's all the more important that we support sport and that events take place, especially in these difficult times. Carrying out the Mountain Attack, taking all safety precautions into account, is therefore a very strong sign.
In addition to the three main competitions Marathon, Tour and the Schattberg Race, this year the 1st Mountain Attack Junior Sprint is a very special event for our young athletes. In a special race mode, a total of 32 junior athletes fight for the first title on the Schattberg. In this context, it is very important to me that we as the State of Salzburg support the 1st Mountain Attack Junior Sprint and that our youngsters are given a stage at this event.
I would like to thank the organizer Roland Kurz and his team very, very warmly for the professional organization and handling of the Mountain Attack. I would also like to express my thanks to the many partners, sponsors and helpers of this 23rd edition, without whom such an event would not be possible.
I wish all athletes all the best for this year's edition of Mountain Attack and I am already looking forward to exciting competitions!
Mag. Stefan Schnöll
Sports Council of Salzburg
Hervis Mountain Attack
Roland Kurz from the Salzburg event agency NMC launched the Mountain Attack 20 years ago. In 1999, the organisers as well as the participants were still called „weirdos“ who ran up a mountain at race pace to then race it down again at high speed using extremely light material. In the meantime, ski mountaineering has firmly been established in our society and is a fixed part of the sports scene. The local sports retailers benefit from the sales generated in this area.
The boom remains unchanged, more and more people discover ski mountaineering, whether for fun, as a hobby- or as competitive mountaineering. All facets are represented, all milieus and income levels are part of this sport; and also tourism is rethinking its position as the target group is constantly growing. The Mountain Attack alone provides for just under 25,000 additional overnight stays in the Glemmtal, thus creating important economic impetus.