Downhill–with its autobahn speeds and spectacular crashes—may be the mountain's riskiest event, but the turny, precise technical courses demand a level of exactitude unmatched in the Winter Olympic arena.
Giant Slalom The Austrians—perennially dominant across the alpine field—prize the GS above all and consider it to be the skier’s event. It requires deft precision and measured abandon, making it, arguably, the most challenging discipline to master. Thank goodness for malleable polycarbonate gate poles, which give a little when racers hit them. Even at relatively slow GS speeds, forces can exceed 75 gs—roughly equivalent to a full-speed helmet-to-helmet collision in football—as racers brush gates aside with their forearms and shoulders.
1994 Olympic Gold, 1992 Olympic Silver medalist Diann Roffe and two-time (1992,1994) Olympian, Krista Schmidinger will both be special guest coaches during Sugar’s 15th Annual Adult Pre-Season Ski Clinic scheduled for December 12-14, 2008.
SUGAR MOUNTAIN RESORT, NC – 1994 Olympic Gold 1992 Olympic Silver medalist Diann Roffe and two-time (1992,1994) Olympian, Krista Schmidinger will both be special guest coaches during Sugar’s 15th Annual Adult Pre-Season Ski Clinic scheduled for December 12-14, 2008.
Rahlves helped with ski clinics for the U.S. Ski Team and Spyder, skiing indoors
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Daron Rahlves (Sugar Bowl, CA), the reigning X Games ski cross champion, has won the fabled Hahnenkamm in Kitzbuehel, Austria, as well as the World Championship super G. But, while doing ski clinics for U.S. Ski Team and personal sponsor Spyder at an indoor ski facility in Dubai recently, he had to answer a question he had never thought about before: "Hey, Daron, what's it like to ski outdoors?"
Rahlves, the 2001 World Champion, spent a few days in Dubai doing clinics with kids and adults in the world's largest indoor ski facility.
France, Austria, and Solden best places to ski during the Half-Term Holidays
Tour operators are warning that the February school holiday week in 2009 is going to be tricky as nearly all schools in the UK have the same week off- when usually the holidays are spread over at least a fortnight. The message is that availability will be low and prices high, already visible if you go to a 'low cost' airline website and try to book a flight to the Alps around Valentine's Day, returning a week later. The message from Europe's leading snow report provider, http://www.skiinfo.com target=_blank>skiinfo.com, is why wait?