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Hahnenkamm how-to

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Doug Lewis explains how to ski the Hahnenkamm DH in today's NY Time PLAY magazine, also on line: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...f=playmagazine
post #2 of 16
Thank you so much for sharing that! That was sweet/amazing/awesome/etc.!

One thing I must say is that it doesn't look that steep...
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Originally Posted by skiking4 View Post
Thank you so much for sharing that! That was sweet/amazing/awesome/etc.!

One thing I must say is that it doesn't look that steep...
When you're goin' STRAIGHT down, it's steep!

skihound, thanks for the post.
post #4 of 16
That was fun to watch!
The helmet cam POV rarely looks as steep as it is in real life. I have been there, & the only place that is not steep is the road out of the Stielhang. It is not a super difficult run to ski in non-race conditions, but certainly not to be taken lightly as a DH course.
JF
post #5 of 16
From the article:

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If an athlete properly times the hard left turn above the Mausefalle, he will shoot straight off the 85-degree cliff.
Sounds steep enough to me.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/sp...ne&oref=slogin
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One thing I must say is that it doesn't look that steep...
A good friend of mine who has raced the Hahnenkamm many times once told me the first time he stood in the start and looked down, it was so steep he could feel his sphincter pucker.
post #7 of 16
I said LOOK steep. I know it's steep, it just doesn't look like it in the helmet cam.

Exracer, you know an Olympic/really good skier that skied the Hahnenkamm? Or do you mean skied it for fun...?
post #8 of 16
Wow. I might have the guts to go through maybe 1 small section of it... just MAYBE. But the entire course? That's insane. Makes me respect him more though!
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So since this got posted I downloaded the video game from the link. I am not a video game player, but I've been up playing it since yesterday. It is called Ski Challenge 08', with the download you get Kitzbuhel, Wengen, Val, & Bormio. It is addicting & difficult. The Stielhang turn is darn near impossible without slowing down. Anyone else play it? It will give you a better appreciation for WC Downhill.

I also have a friend who raced the Hahnenkamm in the late 70's World Cup, he broke his ankle.

JF
post #10 of 16
I can remember one commentator years ago saying skiing the course and making turns was like skiing on a bowling ball. The closest I've come to trying to appreciate a DH , is free skiing the course at Beaver Creek. I just can't imagine how physically challengng and fearless the racers have to be to fly down that course. Need to see one live some day.
post #11 of 16
That looks scary.
post #12 of 16
GREAT!!!
Man, that's a long time to beat up your quads.

Now that I'm retired, I should have enough time to train for this!

Thanks for the link.
post #13 of 16

Outstanding...

....slalom and GS are just events, downhill is a cult, right? Now I know why I have 4 pairs of Atomics 201 cm. or longer, and why my ambition for the Masters Race season is to make no turn with a radius less than a quarter of a mile...
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If anyone wants to try it out for real there are vacancies :
http://www.ski2b.com/ski-weltcup/765...f-gesucht.html
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If anyone wants to try it out for real there are vacancies :
http://www.ski2b.com/ski-weltcup/765...f-gesucht.html
Wow! Just wow!

(Dumb question. Am I right in thinking that the purpose of the Vorlaeufer is to figure out if the course is too dangerous?)
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A good friend of mine who has raced the Hahnenkamm many times once told me the first time he stood in the start and looked down, it was so steep he could feel his sphincter pucker.
EVERY ex-WCer i know said the exact same thing and not always the first time...
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