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Parallel slalom course measurements

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I'm intending to run a parallel slalom at training, which is something I've never done before. We don't have that much room, so I'm intending set it quite tight, using GS flags, with the kids using SL skis, as that will keep the speed down. The courses can't be that far fom each other, so safety considerations mean that slower speeds is desirable.

I'm just wondering about exactly how tight and how round. I was thinkng in terms of 16m beteen the gates and about 4-5m traversing. It's not a very steep hill. What is the minimum separation between the two courses (flag to flag) which would be acceptable from a safety perspective? Kids of uo to age 12 will be running, so they are not really fast, but not slow either.

Any thoughts? Thanks for any advice.
post #2 of 8

It's the same distance and width as a normal slalom. Set like you would for a normal slalom, but set two gates per course (so you can use the GS panels).

post #3 of 8

if you want some real fun make it a Y slalom - 2 into 1 halfway down the course

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if you want some real fun make it a Y slalom - 2 into 1 halfway down the course



Best.Idea.Ever.

post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

if you want some real fun make it a Y slalom - 2 into 1 halfway down the course



 

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Best.Idea.Ever.


It might just work out that way anyway if the trail is as tight as OP suggests it is.

 

post #6 of 8
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Ha ha! The trail isn't THAT tight, but we have a problem with snow depth, especially at the sides, but anyway we ran the training tonight and it went great. The kids refused to go home and if we hadn't taken the course down and switched off the lift they would probably still be there...

I had the courses 6m apart and it was about right, just in case anybody in the future needs a pointer. I cut up a piece of nylon cord and tied a loop in each end and used it to make sure the distance was consistent. With two drills we could set the course in parallel and it went up pretty fast.

Mark
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

if you want some real fun make it a Y slalom - 2 into 1 halfway down the course


 

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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post



Best.Idea.Ever.



 




 


biggrin.gif  yeah, we used to run it as the finale of the University Champs week in the UK, complete with hangovers.  Led to some real interesting races 

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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post

if you want some real fun make it a Y slalom - 2 into 1 halfway down the course



I'm still trying to visualize the first gate of the single course relative to the last gates of the dual.  I can't conjure up a set that doesn't give one person an advantage at the first gate of the single course.  I guess having about  20 m of nothing between the duals and first single course gate would help, but someone's still always going to be a tad farther from it than the other.

 

Still would be pretty awesome

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