Huntsville, UT, Jan. 4, 2001--Snowbasin Ski Area announced today that "Grizzly" would be the name ofthe men's Olympic downhill course. Snowbasin officials felt that Grizzly was descriptive of thechallenging turns, pitches and vertical feet skiers and racers would have to conquer before finishing thecourse.
Grizzly will be officially dedicated during the 2001 Café de Columbia Downhill World Cup at SnowbasinFeb. 24-25, 2001. This World Cup will be the first time racers compete on the new men's Olympic trailand is the test event before the 2002 Olympic downhill competition takes place at Snowbasin.
The name Grizzly has local meaning to the Northern Utah area and also ties into Ogden's "Spirit of the West" celebration being planned for Snowbasin's World Cup event. As local legend has it, a grizzly bearnick-named Old Ephraim roamed in the area back in the early 1900s and was finally put to rest by FrankClark in 1923. Old Ephraim was a gigantic, ruthless bear that outsmarted sheepherders and hunters foryears. Snowbasin has named different parts of the course using the rich history tied to Old Ephraim and the western spirit tied to Ogden. Differentnames on the course include:
Ephraim's Face, Trappers Loop, John Paul Traverse, Muzzleloader Jump, Slintlock Jump, Off Track Canyon, Bear Trap, Slingshot, Hibernation Hole,Buffalo Jump, Arrowhead Jump, Rendezvous Face, Three Toes
Racers preparing for the World Cup will be given the challenge to tame the Grizzly course. The men will conquer a slope of over 70 percent grade asthey leave the Mt. Allen ridgeline at 9,350 feet. Racers should reach the finish line of the 9,895-foot (3,016 meters) long course in less than twominutes. At the timberline, the men's course runs parallel to the women's, and together they will slide through a series of gulches ending the race ata common finish line. The racers will finish at 6,391 feet (1948 meters), for a total vertical drop of 2,959 feet (902 meters) on the men's course.
Wildflower, the women's 10,302-foot (3,140 meters) long course, brings together a blend of wide open gliding paths and steep, technical areas thatwill show both the beauty and power of the sport. This steep and challenging run begins at 8,720 feet (2655 meters) and drops 2,319 feet (707meters) to finish on slopes that at times reach a 58 percent grade.
Snowbasin will host four test events in 2001: men's Super Series on Feb. 9-11, men's downhill World Cup on Feb. 24-25, disabled World Cup onFeb. 26 to March 4 and the women's Super Series on March 16 to 18.
Both Grizzly and Wildflower are open for the public to experience. Visitors will be able reach Snowbasin via the new Trappers Loop Connector Roadand spend 30 more minutes on the slopes instead of in the car. Ticket prices are $43 for an adult all-day pass and $25 for a child's all-day pass.