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Hi Snowheads! I'm in frequent read-only Snowhead, but I couldn't glean a suitable answer so I thought I would ask here Very Happy

I'm in Meribel at the same time Courcheval is hosting a ladies GS race and wondered what the deal is - can I just rock up and watch, or is it not that simple? Also If I skied over would it A) Be heaving and B) Be a pain having to tie skies up and wander about in boots. Anybody have any tips?

Cheers Andrew

http://www.courchevel.com/winter/en/audi-fis-ski-world-cup-ladies-alpine--n163-ev8.html
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Given that the page you posted has seating at the finish for free, I can't imagine anywhere else will be charging.

And technically the week before Xmas week on a Tuesday? Can't imagine it will be heaving.
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@andrew e, you can watch from the slopes or the finish area - if you're worried about a couple of hours standing around in boots you could take your shoes in a backpack and have them for standing around the finish

You know the night before you can watch the bib draw in town - I'd definitely recommend that

http://ski.worldcupcourchevel.com/en/program/
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@moseyp, Yup, bib drawing night is a great event.
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Cheers for the info chaps! Will report back how I get on (or not). The whole bib drawing looks a little surreal - Lion tamers Shocked
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All we got was a band and DJs Evil or Very Mad
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I thought I might follow this up for reference snowHead



Making the most of the lift passes, myself and the wife and daughters got the first lift of out Meribel (Sailure express 1&2) up to 2700, then down on the Sailure, and Verdons into 1850 itself. Racing was due to start at 10:30, I guess we arrived about 45 minutes before that. Pretty painless and no cruising for a parking space, (I think there were shuttles from out of town in however). Effectively we landed in the main lift station, and followed the herd (we were in normal boots and didn't bring skis over). The next bit surprised me - we effectively scrambled up the side of the piste, following the crowd dodging people skiing down, no specific spectator fence or path just the crowd hiking upward Shocked Laughing

Foot accent over, it was all very jovial - French flags being foisted on everyone, incredibly reasonably priced drinks and snacks (think French fete fare and prices) stall selling World Cup bobble hats and handing out free posters, couple of trade stands etc. Those with skis mingled with pedestrians. You could watch from the bottom - the actual vantage point was good - or watch the big screen. If you wanted a small hike got you a third of the way along the course by the catch fencing.

Sadly there was a bit of breeze, (or hurricane if you are a WC course judge) and after about 15 runs a temporary halt was called for an hour, then it was announced a "sprint" course would run, with everybody getting a fresh run. Sadly that too got cancelled. Still nobody minded and I bought another Vin Chaud (€2 !) to drown my spirits/take the enamel off my teeth. Then we all followed the crowd back down the piste to the now heaving lift station where we were over taken by one of the Swedish team skiing down still in a cat suit Shocked

Positives: It was free, and very reasonably priced to eat and drink, fabulous atmosphere, world class athletes at arms reach, insane ski fans in fanclub bibs, accidentally finding yourself chatting to the BSS team when they hoisted a huge Scottish flag.

Negatives: Cold feet because your just standing, the chance it could all just get cancelled, music my daughters likened to that "crap you play in the car" mixed with euro-nightclub favourites. NO COWBELLS!

So in a nutshell i thought it very similar to a day at Wimbledon, except you could make a noise! Take foot warmers or extra socks, and cash for the bar. We loved the atmosphere and the racing, I would reccomend seeing a race at the expense of a day on the pistes to anyone.
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@andrew e, Thanks for the report, glad you enjoyed. Get yourself to Kitzbühel or Schladming some time and see how you find those?
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Yup, Flachau ladies and Schladming mens night races are brilliant Toofy Grin
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Watched the night-time Alta Badia Parallel slalom on Eurosport last Monday - atmosphere looked to be 'rocking'... Smile
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albob wrote:
Watched the night-time Alta Badia Parallel slalom on Eurosport last Monday - atmosphere looked to be 'rocking'... Smile


I watched this too - the guy that won it lost 1 of his poles at the start of the final but still managed to get the win - fantastic to watch.
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I'm going to the Kitzbuhel Hahnenkamm for the first time. I've been to Kitzbuhel before just to ski but not for the race. We have finish area tickets for the Super G but i wanted to watch the downhill from further up on skis. Any suggestions on how / where to get the best watching experience. Thanks.
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