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The Streif, for the race down the Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuel. Bulletproof.

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It looked fairly grippy yesterday.

Helps to have multiple pairs of skis, you warm up on one pair then use a pair with freshly sharpened edges for the race.
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Do they go slow enough to edge? Very Happy
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Can you imagine the punter carnage in a normal year on monday or tuesday once the race was over and the fences taken down?
Shocked Shocked Shocked
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Even in March, the shady Steilhang is almost sheet ice with the blue markings still visible. The only difference is the 3' bumps on it which makes for a terrifying ski down! It is also much steeper than it looks on the TV and I suspect that all downhill courses are the same. It is another example of the huge difference in skill level between 'good' skiers and professionals.
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@Charliegolf, To go round corners.

When I watched it one year we tried to stand (off-piste) beside the Mauserfalle (Sp?) but people kept losing their footing and sliding all the way down. When the racers came we saw the UNDERSIDE of their skis, before they landed below us!
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rungsp wrote:
Can you imagine the punter carnage in a normal year on monday or tuesday once the race was over and the fences taken down?
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When I was a kid I skied part of the race piste a week after the race (somewhere near the end, so not as steep as some parts) and frightened myself. Zero grip. More recently I skied the top most section of the OK race course in Val d'Isere the day it opened to the public after the race. I'd never seen an injected race course before and was staggered by how solid it was, like concrete.
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I have raced slalom on injected snow a few times, in Chamonix and Megeve. The final pitch in Megeve doesn't get much sun and one year the top 10cm was completely clear.
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rjs wrote:
...one year the top 10cm was completely clear.
Shocked

I've occasionally skied pre-season in Tignes when there's been virtually no snow on top of the glacier ice. Hateful experience, but great training for dealing with what is commonly called 'icy snow' on pistes in the main season.
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The first time I raced on an injected piste was the reserve DH piste in Les Arcs. It was so hard, one of my friends promptly bought a new pair of skis for the edges and lent them out once he had done his run! I lost a contact lens two-thirds of the way down as I had not blinked since leaving the start gate and my eyes had dried out.

Edit: I was racing a GS on the bottom half of the course, not a DH!
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@rob@rar, There is a lot of dirt in glacier ice that blunts your edges quickly.

Injected snow is great, it doesn't get ruts forming so is fair for everyone.
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rungsp wrote:
Can you imagine the punter carnage in a normal year on monday or tuesday once the race was over and the fences taken down?
Shocked Shocked Shocked


I did it in 1999 the day after race day (only my second ski trip) on a pair of elan ladies ski's with almost no edges (they were my then girlfriends, now wifes old pair). Probably the most scared and most falls ever.
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Often wondered....When did this injecting the pistes with water lark start?

Presumably a relatively recent state of affairs, as they wouldn't have always had the technology?

Before that, what did they do to harden the piste? If anything...
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@mountainaddict, I would guess in the 80s, the Innsbruck Olympics DH doesn't look like a modern course at all but I can remember watching Klammer win the Hahnenkamm in 84 and it looking like this weekend. The introduction of snowmaking helped as you then have a water supply to the slope, just attach another pipe to one of the cannons, before that I guess you would put a tank on the back of a piste basher and just spray water on the surface.

You can also add salt or fertilizer to harden the surface when it is warm. It is a really good idea to clean your car including the steering wheel between racing in Scotland and trying to cross the channel.
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I recall 3 of us back in 1971, the year Rolls Royce went bust (while we were in Austria - someone came into the bar with rhe news, and we all said 'don't be daft') on a very quiet morning, decided to ski down from the top, as quickly as we could. We timed it - took us 7.30 minutes - and we scared ourselves sh1tless. The we saw that racers were doing it in about 2 minutes ! Respect!
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I recall 3 of us back in 1971, the year Rolls Royce went bust (while we were in Austria - someone came into the bar with rhe news, and we all said 'don't be daft') on a very quiet morning, decided to ski down from the top, as quickly as we could. We timed it - took us 7.30 minutes - and we scared ourselves sh1tless. The we saw that racers were doing it in about 2 minutes ! Respect!

That was a year before I first went skiing - doing that run in 7.5 minutes on the kit back then, gets my respect!
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We've been discussing over in the FIS WC thread the Hahnenkamm race piste

Punter carnage:


http://youtube.com/v/IoLNdqh1jYQ
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@ansta1, I did it in 1991 the Monday after the race. I hadn’t been skiing too many years. Took 15 minutes and I side slipped down one steep pitch that the racers jump.

We had a great instructor that week, for only 3 of us in his class. He’d had the honour of leading the V shaped formation ski team of instructors down the course in the build up to the race. Hans Haas, dairy farmer and ski instructor.

The atmosphere on the eve abd day of the race was electric.
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Wow. Great thread + great posting.
Please do keep it coming! Cheers; FG.
PS: Still waiting for yer videos . .
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rob@rar wrote:
rjs wrote:
...one year the top 10cm was completely clear.
Shocked

I've occasionally skied pre-season in Tignes when there's been virtually no snow on top of the glacier ice. Hateful experience, but great training for dealing with what is commonly called 'icy snow' on pistes in the main season.


Rob I remember that week in Tignes. 2 runs on each edge and time to go home because our skis were blunt!
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Need ice skates for that
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To answer the op:

Not sharp enough for that!
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Klamm Franzer wrote:
Even in March, the shady Steilhang is almost sheet ice with the blue markings still visible. The only difference is the 3' bumps on it which makes for a terrifying ski down! It is also much steeper than it looks on the TV and I suspect that all downhill courses are the same. It is another example of the huge difference in skill level between 'good' skiers and professionals.

I skied the Lauberhorn World Cup run in March a couple of years ago. There will still places where the sheet ice from the injecting made things quite challenging.


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stewart woodward wrote:
rob@rar wrote:
rjs wrote:
...one year the top 10cm was completely clear.
Shocked

I've occasionally skied pre-season in Tignes when there's been virtually no snow on top of the glacier ice. Hateful experience, but great training for dealing with what is commonly called 'icy snow' on pistes in the main season.


Rob I remember that week in Tignes. 2 runs on each edge and time to go home because our skis were blunt!
Yup, that was it. Spent more time on the balcony sharpening my skis than anything else!
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I haven't skied the race course per se as there are at least 2 sections which the regular piste does not use, I expect these are the steilhang and the mousefalle, however the rest of it is perfectly doable and is a regular red run.
However, that is with snow, not boilerplate injected ice.

We stopped at the points where the race deviates from the piste to look, and to my eyes at least, no sane person would ever say " yeah that looks fine, we'll go that way" ..
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@ed48, that brightened up the morning, particularly the boarder in orange jacket tackling it prostrate bowling ball style!
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I tried the steep pitch on the Kandahar at LesHouches on the Monday after the race. It was a sheet of ice and I could only do an out of control racing side slip with no prospect of stopping until the bottom. Watching the racers do it their skis barely touched the ground at all!
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There was also 1st part Smile


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Last year's BB, when the only lift still open in the wind was the Cable up to Portavescovo, In the afternoon, @Admin led a team of Bravehearts on a few circuits.

Horrendous conditions. Wind must have been 40mph. At the top, you couldn't see anything below your knees due to wind blowing snow straight up the slope. Bottom was very icy, especially last 200m of the black run.

@Admin sharpened hi skis for every run. Rest of us had to make do. Sad After about 8 runs, my edges were shot. Did last 50m on my ar*e, next run, tried opposite edges, lost it at same point. rolling eyes

As it was well after 3pm, and lift looked like it was closing, took skis for a service and retired to the bar. Very Happy Very Happy

I think the rest got a couple more runs in before it closed.
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