Once again we are blessed to have the inside scoop on the U.S. Ski Team as they travel Europe on the World Cup Alpine circuit. Doug is the Alpine Press officer for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. Thanks for sharing, Doug!
The Alpengasthof Tetter is about 20 minutes drive from Schladming and down a long snow-covered road. Essentially, it’s the end of the road and beyond that is national park. It’s 100 years old (built 1910) and is the perfect place to land after leaving Kitzbuehel. If you want cell service, you’ve got to walk into the middle of the road and cross your fingers.
photo: US Ski Team/Tom Kelly
The tuning rooms are in a small garage across from a barn. Water constantly filters through a stone basin adjacent to the front door. It’s stocked with fresh trout. The food here is really good. The guys sleep in on Monday morning, then usually train in nearby Reiteralm before free skiing on the race hill that night.
There will be 50-60,000 fans at this race. The Tetterhof is a sanctuary. Here’s the notes:
Schladming, Austria – men’s night slalom
- A few years back, Baby Huey and I brought a spin bike up to the gondola midstation in Schladming on race day. It was 11:30 in the afternoon and puking rain. Fans were already starting to line the fences. First run wasn’t until 5:45. I think Ted came in fourth that year. It took us 45 minutes get from the finish to our car after the race and we only had tomove 300 meters or so.
- Men’s Team Manager Anna Egger is on scene each year for this race and helps call times to the coaches over the Team radios. Normally you can do this from the finish. In Schladming, we score a seat for Anna in the timing building and she calls from there. You can’t hear anything in the Schladming finish – well, other than air horns, screaming and the pulsating Euro beats.
- When Austrians take to the hill, thousands of red flares ignite from the beyond the fences. The smoke moves over the race hill adding a new factor to the tightly stacked gates and incredibly icy Schladming snow. Though, the sound and the smoke don’t matter – 62 turns inthat environment takes a lot of focus.
- Shred is up first with bib 16, Bode 32, Chowder 34, Wilber 37, Nolan 53, Tommy 54 and Colby is getting WC start No. 3 with bib 58. My friend Eric Willemsen is on the site and wrote a cool preview story featuring Mr. Kasper – http://tinyurl.com/4798aph.
- This is the last race for U.S. boys to qualify for the World Championships. We’ll name the Team tomorrow. This race is big!
First run is on at 11:45 a.m. ET on www.UniversalSports.com with the finals LIVE online and on TV at 2:45 p.m. ET. Midnight steak dinner back at the Tetter following they race. Yum.
Alpine Press Officer
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association