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PANORAMA MOUNTAIN VILLAGE, B.C. – (Nov. 18, 2007) – Panorama Mountain Village will host Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Ladies Slalom and Giant Slalom races on November 24 and 25, 2007.
Panorama has a long history in ski racing, hosting world-class men’s and women’s races for many years. Panorama first welcomed the Ladies World Cup in December 1989. The downhill, which ran the length of popular Skyline and Horseshoe, was then described by Canadian coach, Glenn Thomsen, as the best women’s downhill in North America and top five in the world due to the sheer vertical drop that Panorama is renowned for.
Last season, Panorama hosted North America’s most talented racers during the Northwest Mutual Funds Coupe Nor-Am Cup Finals, an event which was later awarded Race of the Year by Alpine Canada Alpin.
Panorama also has an impressive pre-season race training program. Since 1992, the resort has provided exceptional training facilities to members of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team as well as those from many other countries. Panorama is dedicated to the advancement of ski racing in Canada and was recently named as Alpine Canada Alpin National Training Centre.
When considered for the return of the World Cup, Panorama Mountain Village was chosen by the International Ski Federation (FIS) not only for its long history in ski racing, but because it is a secure location for early season races. Clear skies and cold temperatures are normal in October and November, and this is ideal for snowmaking.
Current temperatures are below freezing, and the snowmaking team is preparing Old Timer and Hay Fever for the upcoming events. “The snow crystals we are currently producing have higher moisture content than average. The snow is fast and perfect for ski racing”, explains Snowmaking Manager, Todd Partington.
Grooming Supervisor, Mark Tripps, is working closely with Bruce Hampstead, Executive Director of Canadian World Cup Events, to shape the runs. The biggest challenge is the steeps of Hay Fever, which require the use of winch-cats fixed down by large cables to climb steep pitches.
Although Hay Fever is a challenging run to prepare, it promises to be among this year’s most exciting slalom events on the World Cup circuit. According to Dusan Grasic, Alpine Canada Program Director, “The slalom event will be fantastic. First, it’s a brand new run on the circuit, so racers haven’t had a chance to ski it before. Second, no slalom event is more challenging because Hay Fever is much steeper than what racers are used to on slalom runs. The breakover at the start of the course will be a great feature and will bring some excitement to the course”.
“We are extremely proud to host two ladies World Cup events”, says Eric Whittle, Director of Sales & Marketing at Panorama. “It’s a great opportunity to work towards building the volunteer base for the upcoming Olympics in 2010. Panorama is the true epicenter of ski racing in the Rockies, and many of our locals have more than just a few years under their belt when it comes to making these events happen”.
On November 24 and 25, come and watch the world’s fastest women take on Hay Fever and Old Timer; two new “tracks” that will be firmly etched in the minds of those who compete! Can’t make it out? We will broadcast live on CBC, NBC, and other networks to approximately 40 million people!
Panorama Mountain Village, located in the Purcell Mountains, has one of the largest vertical descents in North America. Quad chairlifts give access to the summit and over 100 trails, including former Heli-Ski terrain in Taynton Bowl. Panorama is also home to Greywolf, ranked British Columbia’s best golf course by Golf Digest. For more information, visit www.panoramaresort.com.