LAKE LOUISE, Canada – With just hours to go until the official start of the 2012/2013-speed season, the teams have once again woken up to a soft layer of fresh snow.
If last year tick snowfall forced the organizers to cancel the first Downhill training in order to provide course workers with an extra day to get the slope in the best possible shape, this Wednesday the program seems to be confirmed and in just a few hours the best skiers in the world will leave the start to kick off yet another exciting speed season.
Last year’s downhill saw veteran Didier Cuche finishing just in front of teammate, 13 years younger Beat Feuz who unfortunately we won’t be seeing on start this season as he is struggling with a knee infection. Rounding up last year’s all German speaking podium was Hannes Reichelt, who from bib 45 proved the slope stayed in great condition for those starting later in the race. Veteran Cuche retired after the finals in Lenzerheide, while the discipline title went to Klaus Kroell who finished fifth in that first race in Lake Louise.
In last year’s first super G of the season, Aksel Lund Svindal clocked the fastest run of the day, showing he was in great shape. He went to win the discipline title at the end of the season. Cuche took his second podium in two days by finishing second while French skier Adrien Theaux finished third – he stood on the podium two more times during the season.
Between Monday and Tuesday, Lake Louise got covered by 15 centimeters of snow; requiring organizers to once again bring in all the resources available to ensure the slope would be ready for Wednesday’s first training.
“Last night we saw about 5 cm of fresh snow, which was what we expected. Thursday we should have clear skies and no precipitations while I can’t be very precise about the weather reports for Friday, but I believe we could see a drop in temperatures and more snow here in Lake Louise,” Uwe Gramann, the professional Meteorologist in charge of the forecast for the Lake Louise races said this morning.
At 7 am, while it was still pitch dark on the slope, head coaches, FIS officials and members of the Organizing Committee gathered for Jury Inspection and today’s program got confirmed. The best skiers in the world are currently finishing a freeskiing run on the racecourse, after which they will head up for inspection and a confirmation of the start time (scheduled for 19.30 CET) should be expected in the hours to come.