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Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Superstar a little flat for a World Cup GS race?
FIS ICR said:800 Slalom
801 Technical Data
801.1 Vertical Drop
801.1.2 Ladies' Courses
For Olympic Winter Games, FIS World Ski Championships and FIS World
- 140 - 220 m
For all other FIS races:
- 120 - 200 m
802 The Courses
802.1 General Characteristics of the Course
802.1.1 At Olympic Winter Games and FIS World Ski Championships the course
must be set on slopes with a gradient of approximately 33% to 45%. It
may even be below approximately 33%, but may exceed approximately
52% only in very short parts of the course.
The course should be approximately 40 m wide, if two runs are set on the
900 Giant Slalom
901 Technical Data
901.1 Vertical Drop
901.1.2 Ladies' Courses
- 250 m - 400 m
901.1.3 For Olympic Winter Games, FIS World Ski Championships and FIS World
Cup the minimum vertical drop is 300 m (Ladies and Men).
902 The Courses
902.1 General Characteristics of the Courses
The terrain should preferably be undulating and hilly. The course should
normally have a width of approximately 40 m.
The inspector authorised to homologate the course decides whether this
width is adequate and if necessary can order it to be widened. He can
also permit a width of less than approximately 40 m depending on the line
and terrain requirements, as long as the areas of the course before and
after the narrow part enable this.
No written rules pertaning to steepness other than for a slalom race. Should note, the lower "footwall" of Superstar is too steep. But what defines "very short parts of the course"? According to the DEM I downloaded, the steep bit exceeds 52% for about 140 feet long. It rarely gets flatter than 33%.
Below are the rules for Ladies' WC SL and GS courses:
If they set across the hill, they can get around the steepness at the bottom. Seen it done before. If this happens...I am there!
The middle section is still pretty flat though. All the recent GS courses I can think of are pretty uniform. If there's a problem with SS it's definitely cause of being too flat, not too steep, but I really doubt there's a problem.
doublediamond said:[Superstar] rarely gets flatter than 33%.
My biggest concern with something like this is how it will effect snowmaking operations on the rest of the mountain. But that's me.