St. Moritz's Downhill with 50cm of Fresh Powder - Behind the Scenes

01 February 2014 08:19

A heavy snowfall, which started on Thursday afternoon made for a lot of work in order to get the downhill race possible in St.Moritz.

Over 50cm of snow covered the 2.5km long and 60m wide downhill track. To put this amount in prospective, the square footage to be cleaned up equals the one of approximately 28 football fields covered evenly with a half meter snow-coat.

In order to provide the best possible conditions for Saturday's race, today will be dedicated to clearing the hill of the fresh snow, a task which will require some 7-8h of grooming machine work.

We were there checking out how this is done.

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of Alpine Skiing competitions staged annually. It is considered the premier competition in alpine ski racing together with the quadrennial Olympic Winter Games and the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Some experts event consider winning the World Cup to be athletically a more valuable title than winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games or the World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several events throughout the season, and not just in one race. Today, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races are held primarily at famous ski resorts in the European Alps, along with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and Far East Asia. Competitors attempt to score a maximum of points during the season in five events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined. The fifth event, super-combined, was introduced in 2005 and generally consists of a shorter downhill race and a one-run slalom. Sometimes the downhill is replaced by a super-G. Alpine was added to the Olympic winter schedule in 1936.

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