North American FIS TD Update 2010 Presented by: Darrell MacLachlan #908 & Doug Campbell #1019 October 2010
Vancouver 2010 OWGThe Making of a Slalom Course – Men’s Slalom • The Team • The Venue • The Schedule • The Weather • Track Preparation • The Slalom • The Weather • The Plan • The Result
The Team • The success of the Alpine events, and in particular the snow preparation, was the result of the effective collaboration of many people including:
The Team • FIS Race Directors and Jury • ROC Management Group • 1064 On Hill Volunteers • Vanoc Staff
ROC: Management Group LADIES’ ALPINE • Bruce Holliday (CoR), Vernon BC • Jim Brewington (ACoR), Calgary AB • Rick Hume (CoC), Whistler BC • Craig Smith (ACoC), Calgary AB • Andy Wolff (ACoC), Ottawa, ON MEN’S ALPINE • Darrell MacLachlan (CoR), Calgary AB • Gary Taylor (ACoR), Lions Bay BC • Mike Irwin (ACoR), Calgary AB • John Benbow (CoC), Whistler BC • Mike Kirker (ACoC), Calgary AB • Doug Campbell (ACoC), Stirling ON
The Team • The ROC Management Group and FIS Race Directors worked closely with professional track coordinators Dan Gallaugher (Men) and Dale Stephens (Ladies) and Vanoc staff.
The Volunteers • Section Chiefs: 12 Ladies, 8 Mens • Hill Coordinators: 3 Ladies, 4 Mens • Crew Chiefs: 27 Ladies, 26 Mens • 1064 on Hill Volunteers split between tracks
The Venue • The common finish area for the separate Men’s and Ladies’ tracks proved challenging • Slalom posed the challenge of preparing and preserving a race surface for both genders to be run on the Men’s track on consecutive days.
Whistler Creekside • Separate tracks for each gender except for Slalom • Common Finish area Mens DH Ladies DH SG/SC(M) SG/SC(L) GS (M) GS(L) SL FINISH
The Schedule • Slalom, the final event at the Alpine venue, Ladies and Men run on consecutive days
The WeatherHeavy Rain in January during preparations (XY junction viewed from Coaches Corner)
The WeatherIn the early going we had so much rain we had to build diversionary canals…
Men’s ROC Management GroupThe Green Hats (other 2 found now 2 more missing)
The ROC benefitted from professional working relationships with FIS Race Directors Developed over the past few years at Whistler…
Track Preparation • The men’s downhill track was water injected with Steinbach beams during every window of opportunity. • The slalom segment of the track was injected a total of 4-5 times from fence to fence.
The Entire Track Could be Illuminated with Diesel Construction Lighting
Volunteer Slip Crew • The Slip Crew headed by Andrée Janyk contributed an outstanding effort day and night. • During track preparation: • Snow accumulation on the upper mountain could be slipped clear… • From mid station down, the accumulation of wet snow mixed with rain was ski-stepped, wall to wall, around the clock.
FIS Race Directors Enforce Vanoc H1N1 Pandemic ProtocolAlternative to handshakes and hugging
By the end of the speed program, the FIS Pros had completely assimilated with our culture