Annual FuxiCombi makes it 10 years at Ski Cooper |

Annual FuxiCombi makes it 10 years at Ski Cooper

The annual FuxiCombi takes place at Ski Cooper on Saturday, combining a super G, a pro slalom, a GS and one heck of an afterparty.
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SKI COOPER — Fuxi may be your main source of amusement at the local ski races, but on April Fools’ Day this year he’s getting serious.

Franz “Fuxi” Fuchsberger, a local ski racing legend, is celebrating 10 years hosting his annual FuxiTIME Super Combi event at Ski Cooper on Saturday and wants you to come join the festivities.

“This Saturday, April 1, ski racers of all ages from different parts of the country and many different nations will venture to Ski Cooper in Leadville to competing at the unconventional FuxiTIME Super Combi,” he said. “There will be food, champagne, umm pa pa music and the most unique racing you’ve seen this year.”

Any and All Welcome

Anyone is welcome to join. The first part of the race will be a super-G, and the top 15 fastest will qualify for the second race in the combi, called the leg burner.

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“The leg burner starts out as a pro slalom, but then it transitions into a GS race, and then it changes into super-G turns,” Fuchsberger said. “It’s top to bottom at Ski Cooper, the winning time will be about 1:20 in that leg. It’s a tactical race.”

Fuchsberger started ski racing as a boy in Austria before moving to the United States. The FuxiCombi stresses what he believes are the keys to a lifetime of enjoyment of ski racing — accessibility, community and enthusiasm.

“The Fuxi race is made of friendly people who are enthusiastic about the sport, and camaraderie surrounding competition,” he said. “Ski Cooper has always been a phenomenal venue, it’s very low key, on the country side, it’s a family arena with a great family atmosphere.”

Fuchsberger says if you can’t make the race, then make sure and show up for the party.

“We will have food, music, raffle prizes and awards,” he said. “There will be kids 4 and 5 years old there, all the way to ski racers in their 80s.”

Last chance registration will take place Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., with course inspection beginning at 9:15 a.m. and the first race taking place at 10 a.m. The after party is expected to start around 3 p.m.

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