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Alpine season getting serious in North America
After the spectacular Glacier Opening in Sölden on 22nd-23rd October and the unfortunate cancellation of the Levi slaloms, the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season 2011/12 is about to get underway in earnest this week. While the ladies are set for a technical weekend in Aspen, Colorado (USA), the men will be starting the speed season traditionally in Lake Louise (CAN). In fact, everything was ready for the first downhill training of the season there on Wednesday, yet heavy overnight snowfalls forced Organizers to cancel it due to too much snow. Another downhill training session is set for Thursday and the signs are good for stable weather conditions.
Meanwhile in Aspen, the sun is shining and temperatures are low enough to keep the snow manageable. Most of the ladies on the World Cup agree that Aspen is one of the most technical, if not the most technical slope on the giant slalom and slalom circuit. With a finish elevation of 2,400 meters, it is also one of the highest on the tour and racers typically cross the finish line gasping for air.
Due to the lack of snow in most of Europe and postponed races in Levi, most of the World Cup teams have been training in North America during the past two weeks. For example, the Canadian, Norwegian, American and Austrian teams trained in Colorado while the Italians, French, Swiss and Slovenians chose Nakiska and Team Sweden (with the addition of Andreas Romar of Finland) spent a couple of good days at Sun Peaks (both CAN).
After last year's extreme cold (down to -51 Celsius!), this year the weather forecast is more moderate with around -10 Celsius and some snowfall. Even though the snowfall makes the setting look more beautiful, it also provides the organizers with extra work. In order for the slope to be in the best possible shape, all the fresh snow has to be pushed off the race course and a lot of effort is being put into ensuring the best possible conditions for the racers.
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Contributed by Ana Jelusic and Shauna Farnell
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