Despite a cloudy and cold start, and a short delay while avalanche risks were cleared, the first training runs of the 2013 ISSSC commenced this morning. The Alpine skiers were keen to assess the changes to the downhill course after it received extensive modifications last year. The Meribel authorities investment, in preparation for world cup events, has altered one of the most challenging parts of the old course and has smoothed out one of the bends, allowing racers to carry more speed (even more speed) through the section.
With good snow and an updated world class course to race on, the Alpine competition has got off to a flying start.
The Snowboarders started their events with Boarder Cross training, on a well prepared track under sunny skies. This event, which requires great balance, a head for speed and outstanding cornering control always generates a few overenthusiastic moments, but thats what training sessions are for.
Finally, after the downhill training runs were completed, and in some of the best conditions of the day, the Stade was reopened for the Telemark skieres to start their training runs.
All in all, a good start the ISSSC, next event: the formal opening ceremony.