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I was volunteered to set courses,salt,start gates,ect I set this course last Friday night. Any pointers or advance to setting courses? This guy is on the special olympics team. So I would like to be able to keep my end up.

Edited by slider - 1/26/10 at 6:24pm
post #2 of 7
 Set em safe and avoid the traps on places that a crash will have extra effect; i.e. don't set offset gates on a rise right next to where someone can shoot off into the trees, etc

Good on you for volunteering, btw!!
post #3 of 7
Bring a rope. If you're setting a GS, vary your turn radius from 18-27M, and a SL, 9-14M. Have someone stand at the previous gate and unfurl the rope down the fall line to the distance I stated above to help your eye determine what the proper radius is. If you don't have anyone you can wrap it around the base of the gate (untied) and bring it down yourself. Set relatively offset gates on the steeps (particularly in GS, to control the speeds) and less offset on the flats. In SL, don't get overly complicated with extra flushes and hairpins- the recommended amount is 3 per 100m and I think that's plenty.
post #4 of 7
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philcski-Good idea about using a rope thanks.  Will set some SL gates for H.S. race team this week and keep it simple.
csr jr-I noticed after I set a gate that a light pole was too close so did a reset. Gotcha on the off set on a blind knoll.
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philcski-Good idea about using a rope thanks.  Will set some SL gates for H.S. race team this week and keep it simple.
csr jr-I noticed after I set a gate that a light pole was too close so did a reset. Gotcha on the off set on a blind knoll.

Glad to be of help - I've always been lucky to have experienced setters, so hopefully some tips wore off on me! I remember though we had one training course that was set along a 5 ft drop running lengthwise down the slope - tough to keep your eyes down the tunnel with a drop 4 feet from your right ski  LOL!
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 I just took another look at your photo - that guy is on the Special Olympics team? Good looking racer!
post #7 of 7
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WOW cool course set. I would like to ski more of them than your regular sets.
Him and his dad are both on the(pace setters=Tommy Ford family)heals. Last night was a wet/cold race and the snow pack was soft which made for some huge ruts. Lot of material moved to the outside of the turns,like 3 feet of snow. I should work on running gates instead of setting them. I'm either first for my age group or last. Go figure. To be honest racing doesn't really intrigue me as much as free skiing off-piste in challenging conditions. 1 more race next weekend to finish the series.
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