Olympic Ski Cross course preparations in full swing
KRASNAYA POLYANA - The world’s best ski crossers will soon show up at the Extreme Park to start inspections and training in their speedy discipline.
The custom designed course, which was created in cooperation between the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding disciplines provides one of the most dramatic settings for the Olympic ski and snowboard cross events.
Sharing the same finish area with slopestyle, the last section of the course will need a last alternation after the slopestyle medal events have taken place on 11th and 12th February. “Course builders and shapers will face the exciting challenge to re-build the last section leading into the finish. They need to take down the second last slopestyle kicker in order to adapt the last jump for the final in-run to the finish area.”, FIS Assistant Freestyle Race Director and responsible for the Cross Venue Martin Fiala said.
The 1200 meter-long course will consist of a series of eight turn sections, punctuated by a series of jumps. It has a vertical drop of 210m and is approximately 1300m in length, with an average grade of 16%. The course contains some 25 different features, including nine turns. In total, 64 ski cross will compete on the course during two days, with each heat clocking a time between 1:15 and 1:30.
“This course provides great sections for passing, challenging features, variations of speed and should give the best riders the opportunity to show their skills and the beauty of cross competitions. By now, we've got a very solid snow situation and hope for good weather in the upcoming days. Overall, the whole team is very positive and looking forward to host a great “rock-show”, Fiala concluded.