The members of the Organization have concluded the preparatory works for both races in December under the leadership of Race Director Horst Demetz. This includes the...
...installation of safety nets, the positioning of video cameras, the testing of the snow compacting system, etc.). Four questions on this topic for Race Director Rainer Senoner.
Tell us about the course as it looks at the end of your preparations.
Following the complex and cost-intensive modernization of the Salsong over the last few years, the technical team started this year with the reconditioning of the course after the heavy rain falls in July. They then moved on to work on the details of the safety configuration.
Which is what?
The widening of the course has lead to more spacious safety zones and safer jumps. The safety nets have been renewed and comply with the current standards of the International Ski Federation FIS. These precautions allow athletes minor mistakes as they feel safer on the course. Over the last few years the Saslong has become one of the safest and most modern courses of the entire Ski World Cup circuit.
The safety measures required significant investments…
Yes, we have invested about 1.5 million Euro over the last ten years. World Cup Gardena-Gröden has always been very active and attentive to abide to the newest safety requirements. This also benefits the winter tourists who want to feel that extra thrill by skiing one of the most famous courses in the world.
How about the rest of the course – how well prepared is it?
We have tested the snow machines and have started to make some snow. We are waiting for the next cold weather front and some natural snow. 40% of the Saslong is already snow-covered. As every year, we are expecting another warm weather period at the end of November. But our specialists are well prepared for it.