From the outside looking in, a SuperG looks so much simpler than a Downhill.  Shorten the track, set the course, let the athletes inspect and then let ’em race.
But for us at our Lake Louise World Cup, it is a bit more than that….

  1. We have to finish a ‘late start time’ Downhill – which this year, will go down in history as Epic.
  2. Have a set crew ready with SuperG gates & panels to assist the course setter.
  3. The course is set – which, because it is not on the DH line, will be on softer and ‘snowier’ parts of the hill and will require more slipping and shoveling.
  4. Safety systems will have to be adjusted to match the set.
  5. The Jury & coaches inspect and ‘help’ the setter tweak the course set.
  6. The start façade & associated gear – timing, camera equipment, start tent and corral all need to be moved and re-built at the SG start.
  7. Advertisement banners need to be repositioned as cameras are adjusted for the new course set.
  8. Departing Sled Dog volunteers need to be checked out of the LL Inn before an early breakfast – after a long week of work.
  9. The athletes get 90 minutes to inspect the course and mess up the dye program and create new berms.
  10. Crews slip, shovel, rake, quad and snowblow snow off the new line and spill zones continuously before the first forerunner tests the track.
  11. The SG starts early (11 am) to accommodate the Beaver Creek event and to ensure teams can get back to YYC to fly back to Europe on Sunday night.
  12. Noram crews start arriving and during race time, logistics activities start tearing down WC hardware and setting up Noram gear.
  13. At the conclusion of the SG, we give back to LLSR a large portion of the race course as we pull (and roll) B systems and air fences off the course from Timing Flats to the Finish Corral.
  14. The Finish corral, towers, banners, crash pads, video wall, broadcast booths, tents and scaffolding have to be moved off the hill.

Poof – just like that we have a SuperG.

Here is the Finish area at 9 am this morning – a sunny, frosty -16 morning.

Yup, SuperG is easy.

One of the very important legacies of our World Cup efforts is to provide a safe speed experience for junior racers from across North America and from a number of other nations in this week’s Noram Downhills and SuperG’s.  I know there are a number of (tired) Sled Dogs who are staying behind to assist with the Norams as do the World Famous Net Monkeys.  Our legacy is not just providing the teams with a safe track to race on but also to impart Sled Dog knowledge – track prep & maintenance and how to stay safe ‘inside the fences’ to the incoming volunteers. Nice work, all.