Nakiska gets positive snow control for the first Audi FIS ski cross World Cup
After a review of the courses yesterday, 27th November 2013, it was reported by Martin Fiala, FIS Assistant Race Director for ski cross that, "The conditions here Nakiska, Canada, are very good for this time of year. There has been a pretty significant amount of natural snow combined with cold temperatures which allowed for a great amount of snowmaking capacity to deliver a large volume of snow on the newly widened slope for the upcoming World Cup. The Organizers are very motivated to have an excellent competition and we are sure to have a great opening for this important Olympic season".
This competition will be a double event where the competitors will have two World Cup races over two days. This is the second time this competition has been held Nakiska, which means some 90 km from Calgary and was the host location for the Alpine events and freestyle event of moguls for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games.
Jim Sidorchuk, the Chief of Competition, stated, "We had some very good snow falls at the beginning season and also we had a cold spell which allowed the guns to work at full capacity. Over the summer time we had widened slope some 20 m and this allows more options planning of the line for the ski cross course. We are also fortunate to have, Jeff Ihaksi, who built the Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010 Olympic cross courses working with us to support the design and the build.”
The competitions take place on Friday, 6th and Saturday 7th December 2013. The following week there's another World Cup in Val Thorens (FRA) and followed by another double competition Innichen/San Candido (ITA) on 21st and 22nd December 2013.