Freestyle event back on course
Luck finally swung over to Squaw Valley USA’s side on Wednesday as the resort resiliently prepares Red Dog course for next week’s U.S. Freestyle Selection event.
A broken snowmaking waterline was repaired Tuesday evening, enabling crews to blow a large amount of snow over the moguls course.
“Two-thirds of the course is completely covered. We turned 53,000 gallons of water on it (Tuesday night),” said Raymond DeVre, chief of course design. “The course will be ready graded sometime (this) afternoon. We’ll probably develop the moguls Friday and then athletes will start training on Saturday.”
Unseasonably warm temperatures and scant precipitation have prevented Squaw Valley from covering the course earlier. The five-day event, which may produce several additional American World Cup performers, begins with single moguls Monday at 10:30 a.m.
The U.S. Ski Team’s chief of competition plans to inspect the course today, but DeVre expects Red Dog to pass the test.
“Considering the entire country has minimal snow conditions, this is the best we’re going to get,” said DeVre, who indicated that the course will be covered with 2-to-3 feet of snow from top to bottom.
DeVre, who doubles as the director of freestyle skiing for Squaw Valley, is ecstatic that Far West skiers have the opportunity to capitalize on a familiar course.
“We’d like to see a couple more kids named to the development team and U.S. team,” DeVre said. “It’s a great advantage for them because they have family and friends here. They can go home and relax each night and not have the pressure of being on the road.”
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