Tonight was our mandatory Safety Meeting. It was great to see everyone out tonight – ok, almost everyone. Usually at the meeting, you will find the Net Monkeys sitting in the front row but tonight in the dark they were busy on the mountain buttoning up an A net like they have done for weeks.  They are setting things up for the rest of the Sled Dogs to jump in to finish our safety installations tomorrow morning so that we can run test pilots tomorrow afternoon. Still lots of work to do but the track is looking awesome. Nice work all.Cats were busy over the last few days pushing, tracking and grooming the snow that fell over the last couple of days. Today’s bluebird day highlighted just how far we have come. I rode the first lift this morning with two of the ‘just arrived’ FIS Race Directors – Markus & Manu. Not only were they excited to be back after missing last year, they stopped to take pictures of the beauty of our venue. you guys have lots to be proud of.

If you have cycled up top, you will notice the proposed start it is far higher than we have set up before. If we can make it work, they will be getting some awesome air off the Saddle. Don Boyce’s start crew will be busy as they will be preparing several alternate starts nearby as well.

Hannes has worked with the man-made and natural snow production to add some new features along the course. It includes terrain on Upper Wiwaxy, a feature on Fallaway which will get the racers in the air and an interesting ‘spine’ at DT Cutoff that should make for a great race. The natural snow in some sections doesn’t have the necessary moisture in it for a robust track, so we had a crew led by Ben’s proud dad, Glenn Thomsen and Randy Tarchuk watering Upper Wiwaxy. This followed the watering of Sunset Gully a day earlier. The moisture will help the track withstand the pressure of a carving DH ski. Today’s warm weather helped put additional moisture into the snow so that with expected cold temps, it should set up nicely.

After a couple days of being socked in, today’s perfect weather allowed us to fly equipment up the mountain. This efficient process spotted sponsorship, timing, course and television production equipment along the course for set up. The pace of the drops was impressive.

Did you know we have Momentum Therapy supporting the Sled Dogs? If you have an issue, injury or concern – touch base with your crew chief or contact our Chief of Medical, Dr Tom Rich directly to arrange for an assessment. Assessments can happen during the breakfast period (7-8 am) and treatments can be scheduled from 3-7 pm at the Lake Louise Inn.

We have launched pre-bidding for the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Bib Pick & Silent Auction. You can pre-bid and then duke it out event on a few special items, like a autographed Prince guitar and a Vancouver Craft Beer Indulgence Experience to name a few. The Bib Pick is on Saturday night at the Chateau. Click the link to start bidding and see what else is up for grabs.
After a bit of a drought of photos with the snow and flat light over the last couple of days – today’s sunshine made for some great pictures of the course and crews. Check out todays pics in the Men’s Build Week folder on Flikr. There are some good ones.
With the delay in our access to the TOW chair, Brooks led a great mid-mountain yoga session at sunrise.  Nice work, Brooks.
If you didn’t notice at tonight’s meeting, you will see in the morning that Hillco’s Bobby Stewart’ hands now match his work pants – with plenty o’ dye.  You know we are close to being race ready when Bobby has our dye supply ready to go.
Andy Wolff has been busy monitoring animal activity on the course and was seen documenting some interesting animal activity in Timing Flats. The daily opening and closing of animal crossing along the course may seem onerous but that’s what we do. Running a world cup event in a national park is a cooperative effort and it will be evident when the world sees the results of your efforts on race days.
Busy day tomorrow – see you for breakfast at 7 am. We will be airborne at 8 am.