Alpine Canada announced yesterday (Nov. 14) that representatives from the International Ski Federation (FIS) have given organizers of the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart approval to continue preparations for the opening speed races of the World Cup season. FIS officials inspected the snow conditions at Lake Louise Ski Area, finding them satisfactory for ski racing’s highest level of competition.
FIS Race Director Helmut Schmalzl and men’s weekend Chief of Race Darryl MacLachlan carried out the "snow control" assessment.
"We are very pleased with today’s decision by FIS and excited about the conditions for the upcoming men's World Cup races in Lake Louise," said MacLachlan, following the required inspection. "We have had excellent cooperation from management and staff at Lake Louise Ski Area as we prepared for today and I also commend the many hours of work put in by the Sled Dogs, our hard-working volunteers, to get us to where we are at."
Following two World Cup technical events in Soelden, Austria and Levi, Finland, the men of the World Cup will begin downhill training at Lake Louise on Nov. 25 in preparation for competition Nov. 28, a Super G will be held the following day. The World Cup's women will then come to town to begin downhill training Dec. 1 for two downhill races held Dec. 4 and 5 and a Super G on Dec. 6. Racers from 21 countries are expected to compete at the Canada races held just a few months before the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Snow control for the women's races will take place later this month.
Sunday November 15, 2009