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I think you have it backwards, the public has taken over from the race team. They are only trying to get back some space on the mountian.
I concur with Puck it. Baron's looks to be widened by at least two times. All the funkiness, elbows, nooks, random trees, fun turns, etc. will all be removed and the trial with be really wide. It will be a Super G dream but it is going to be a boring trail. The map above shows that you could have a direct line of sight from the top of Baron's down to the Tuckerbrook cut off (assuming no rollers cut off the line of site). The "turns" in the trail never completely turn away from line of site, just small bends and adjustments. Very boring and very opposite of everything that Mittersill currently has going on.I really hope it does not go thru. They can keep Ravine and Gary's. Leave Mitty.
The following is the problem.
Two significant areas will be cleared - the Baron's Run will be widened for top to bottom (to be closed to the public for racing up to 15% of the time) and the middle section will be turned into a massive slope (to be closed to the public for racing use up to 50% of the time).
The race club folks pushing for a lift at Cannon didn't sell it as a ski racers mountain, they sold it as a tourist destination. Racers got the benefits of the Tramway but the economy and tourism is why the lift was put in. Taft was built as a Race Course but it was done via a national program to put people back to work and move the economy. The racing heritage of the area helped steer the spending but the spending wasn't done exclusively for the racing community. The tramway was built more for summer tourism than winter tourism as I recall.I understand where you are coming from but we cant deny the history of Cannon. It was created by racers, and in particular the Franconia Ski Club and Hochgebirge Ski club, for the express purpose of ski racing. They both literally built the hill.
I wouldn't be quite as belligerent about this if it was just Baron's and if BR retained some turns without clear line of sight. But the gash up the middle is crazy. It looks more massive than the slope in the original footprint. It is beyond adding insult to injury.However, i still really hate to see Barons widened, but how many of us actually ski Barons when we ski at Mittersill anyhow. I think we may find that the new wider run with snowmaking is going to be an absolute ripper. It will be the longest most consistent fall line on the hill. The Slalom training area on the bottom sure looks ugly though. Its like a giant scar on the hill.