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Why two ladies' downhill at Lake Louise?

New Daddy

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Why does Lake Louise hold two ladies' downhill? Kind of strange, as no other venue does that. Any historical reason?
 

drjeff

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Why does Lake Louise hold two ladies' downhill? Kind of strange, as no other venue does that. Any historical reason?

#1 - Lake Louise can consistently deliver the snow conditions year in and year out for a full length, both men's and women's DH in the early part of the WC schedule, so that fits into the traditional Late November/Early December North American start of the bulk of the WC season.

#2 - up until Beavercreek hosted a women's DH a few weeks ago, that would mean schedule wise that the women's speed season doesn't start until about a week ago

#3 - the reality of the modern WC schedule is that it takes BIG $$ to host a race and a DH is the marquee event, and an event around what typically 2 to 3 other races are scheduled around, however in the case of Lake Louise, while they have a very good DH and SG course, from what I understand from coaches is that they don't have a good GS or SL hill with the now almost requisite base area finish (there's a distinct reason why Beavercreek had to build up the lodge near the finish of their Raptor speed courses ahead of the 2015 World Championships) - it's all about keeping sponsors, and sponsors guests happy and warm! ;)

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