As a ski test editor for realskiers.com, I’m expected to name my Ski of the Year, the sure-fire, can’t-miss, only-an-idiot-wouldn’t-love-it best ski money can buy. Not wishing to disappoint my public, I have dutifully done so.
UPDATE 12/5: Lindsey Vonn will definitely return to the race course Friday (Dec. 6) for the first of two downhills at Lake Louise. She skipped the second training run, saying she has the course “dialed in.”
“You know if your body is ready or not and I know that mine is ready,” Vonn said. “Normally this is the first downhill of the year, so for me this feels like a normal beginning of the season. It feels pretty awesome.”
ORIGINAL STORY: It’s back on the comeback trail for America’s Lindsey Vonn as she tests her recently reinjured knee in downhill training at Lake Louise, Canada. Her hope is a green light to race in Friday and Saturday’s Audi FIS World Cup downhills and Sunday's super G. She did not compete last weekend at Beaver Creek, Colo., but did some extensive super G training at Vail’s Golden Peak.
Vonn, who reinjured her knee in November on a training run at the Copper Mountain Speed Center, has been continually monitored in training by U.S. Women's Ski Team Head Physician Dr. Bill Sterett who, together with coaches, feel her knee is stable and she's cleared to begin downhill training.
A successful return to the spotlight by Vonn would be music to the ears of the U.S. Women’s speed team that struggled last weekend with mid-pack finishes on their “home” turf snow. The top U.S. speed race finisher was a 21st place downhill result from Squaw Valley’s Julia Mancuso; her worst in almost two years.
The musical chairs weekend brings the World Cup men from Lake Louise where they competed last weekend to the Birds of Prey course at Beaver Creek, site of the 2015 FIS World Alpine Skiing Championship. U.S. men speed racers had little to show for their Canadian trip. The men had weather-related travel snafus getting out of Canada and the first training run at Beaver Creek was scrapped Tuesday. A second run, set for Wednesday was cancelled when a foot of snow fell overnight at the Colorado resort.
However, the Beaver Creek men’s weekend includes a Giant Slalom Sunday where America’s Ted Ligety leads the field. Ligety, the 2012-13 GS champion, won this winter’s first event at Soelden, Austria last month.
NBC Sports Network will televise Friday morning’s downhill featuring a comeback attempt by USA’s Bode Miller in a same-day tape delay at 10 p.m. and Saturday’s super G at 2 p.m. (second run live). The GS will be televised on NBC from 3-4 p.m. Sunday. All times eastern.
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Early season snow and cold and enticing lift and lodging packages are a few of the things Minnesota skiers and snowboarders might be thankful for this early season. Looking for a weekend getaway? Look no further than the Gopher State’s Iron Range and Arrowhead.
As with most Colorado resorts, the offseason work at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort this summer centered on infrastructure and the guest experience.