World cup notes with Doug Haney – Men’s Slalom

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 16, 2011 10:44 am

Bust out the Glenn Frey and cue Beverly Hills Cop today for warm up. The Heat is On. It’s mid January in Europe and we’re running down the wire toward World Championships. Jan. 25 is the final day to qualify folks – for the guys, that makes Schladming the final race and for the gals, it’s Sunday’s super G in Cortina.


Oh, and about that other heat. Bust out the neon Ray Bans and BBQ’s because it’s warm in both Wengen and Maribor. Sunday, slushy Sunday…


Fast notes for fast feet today – it’s a double dose of slalom. Here’s the notes:


Maribor, Slovenia – women’s slalom – canceled

-       The heat bagged Saturday’s GS in Maribor when holes began forming on the course almost immediately. They got through 25 racers, including LV, Jules and Schelp before it was called and sent packing for another day TBD. The near 60 degree temps might have played a factor inrotting the snow…just maybe.


-       Here’s FIS race director Atle Skaardal’s thoughts: “Staging that race will be very difficult. We’ll need to see how the snow condition develops. I hope we’ll succeed … but it’s another challenge and there are no guarantees.”


-       He was right, I got a text at 7:45 a.m. CET saying it’s a no go. I’ll let you know when and if we get a redo on this weekend.


-       Hey, Laurenne made a video – She’s creative. Extra points who can guess the town in the final shot.


Wengen, Switzerland – men’s slalom

-       Raise your hand if you’ve been to a Wengen team captains meeting. Now keep your hand up if your favorite part of the meeting is the meteo man. I’m now typing with one hand. This guys is hilarious and always quick to point out what he didn’t get right. “I admit, I didn’t see that fog bank in the forecast,” he’ll say. All good stuff. Anyway, he says it’s going to be around 50 degrees and full-on sun here today. He’s probably right. Not a single cloud in Wengen.


-       The track will be similar to what it was on Friday for the super combi, an early start number in both runs would be ideal, but with the flip 30 format…it’s tough to jocky for position. By about bib 10ish Friday the rut had been formed and it was down to the hard layer of snow. We’ll see.


-       This is a classic slalom hill with the first run set going to the one side of a farmer’s barn – second run on the other. In order to save the snow, no one has been able to look at the set. The guys are on the 7:59 train to Wengenalp, then it’s a full one run warm up rip on the downhill course with three slalom courses set and back up the lift to Allmend for inspection. This hill has got it all, steeps, break overs (numerous) and crazy side hill angles. Should be fun.


-         Ted’s 16, Bode 32, Daver 35 and Willy B 38. First WC points are in the bag for Daver and Willy, now it’s time to hit the gas people and move up the start list. Here’s a cool picture of them on the train after training SL yesterday:

We’re on at 4:15 a.m. ET and 7:15 with the top three getting a helicopter ride back to town. I took it a few years back with Shred. It’s a heck of a lot better than walking or working the train sched with 20,000 stumbling Swiss. Clickity Click for all the fun.



Doug Haney

Alpine Press Officer