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Hard to believe it's been a year since a bear skipped across the World Cup slope at Heavenly during a Masters slalom race. Was by there today, and no bear, but there was another Masters slalom I suspect ScotsSkier (and perhaps others) participated in. Good day for it I think; overcast and on the cool side.

 

I was reading something recently that mentioned actual World Cup races at Heavenly back in the 70's. In addition to the short World Cup run on the California side there is the Olympic Downhill groomer over on the Nevada side that ends up at the bottom of Stagecoach. Was anyone around back then who saw any of those races who could comment on where exactly they were held on the mountain?

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Found some stuff on the net...

 

Ski Magazine Nov 1972

 

It's ^^^ a juicy read.  ;-)

 

Skiing Jan 1986

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Hard to believe it's been a year since a bear skipped across the World Cup slope at Heavenly during a Masters slalom race. Was by there today, and no bear, but there was another Masters slalom I suspect ScotsSkier (and perhaps others) participated in. Good day for it I think; overcast and on the cool side.

I was reading something recently that mentioned actual World Cup races at Heavenly back in the 70's. In addition to the short World Cup run on the California side there is the Olympic Downhill groomer over on the Nevada side that ends up at the bottom of Stagecoach. Was anyone around back then who saw any of those races who could comment on where exactly they were held on the mountain?

Yes, i was there again, but no national media to follow up on my bear picture from last year (can't understand why...biggrin.gif ), only local coverage... maybe just as well since my performance was not podium worthy....
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Sorry to hear you didn't have a good day. How does that hill compare to others you compete on in terms of length and pitch? Guess the course set is maybe the most relevant thing, but kinda curious given that there were actual WC slalom races held there back in the 70's and 80's. Is it sufficient for current WC slalom?

 

Regarding media coverage, I noticed a couple of satellite trucks there again in the lot this year, and asked one of the crew about that. Apparently the National Weatherman's Convention is held in Tahoe concurrently - they like the footage of the racers on the hill as a backdrop. Sadly haven't been able to find any video of that. :-(

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It is actually a pretty good slalom hill in terms of pitch.  It is however a bit short currently.  Fastest guys yesterday were running high 32s.  For WC purposes the start would need to be a whole lot higher up.  The other complete PITA of course is that the current lift is waaaay too short.  Even for yesterdays races we had to hike a couple of hundred feet from the top of the lift to the start.  Doing that 4 times (2 races) got to be a real drag....:eek

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Like skiing Sunday afternoons, as weekend madness has generally quieted down by then, so I went out today to do bump ( such as there are ;-) laps 2-4 at Heavenly. Rode a chair with a gal who had helped out at the junior races held on World Cup this morning. She said they had 350 racers show up - way more than anticipated! So many they had to bail on the second run! I was wondering why the parking lot was so full when I got there. Jammed, it was!

 

I know nothing about that scene at all but seems like a good sign to have that many juniors racing. Mikaela, Lindsey, Ted, Travis, et al. must be inspiring the youngsters!  Thumbs Up

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