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The Downhill Only Club

Registered Address
The Director’s Office, Imperial Hotel,
London WC1H 0DG

Winter Returns & Lauberhorn Preparation

After the dramatic thaw we lost a fair bit of snow, there were plenty of wet snow avalanches and dramatic runnel patterns on the surface of the snow where the water had been running down, this was most evident on our day trip to First. We headed over with a group of six, the descent to Grund was pretty icy and rattly first thing. Alastair Pink on his Telemark skis, dressed for the occasion!

 

Alastair in traditional ski wear!

It was a very busy day and we came across a fairly lengthy wait at the First Bahn, we spent the time swapping sailing stories and getting to know Alex Drew (Alastair Drew’s Australian grandson) who was with us as a guest for the day.

A long wait!

Once we were up at the top the skiers had thinned out so there was not too much waiting for the lifts, we enjoyed some good runs in the sun on snow that was softening as the day went on. Alison & Sean Hinde joined us for lunch at Schrecfeld and then for few runs in the afternoon including the long run down to Stahlisboden.

 

Terry enjoying the sun at First

Lauberhorn preparations

Monday morning, soldiers from the Swiss army arrived before the fresh snow! They have been hard at work all week building scaffold towers and grandstands, laying decking, erecting safety fencing, attaching loud speakers to the chairlift towers and erecting temporary  buildings. The steady buzz of helicopters can be heard, transporting materials up to the course and viewing areas. Snow cannons are on overtime pumping out artificial snow.

 

Army are in town

 

Early morning scaffolding

 

Working on the course

Mid week the snow arrived as forecast, such a relief after the warm spell, colder temperatures and approximately 10cm to 20cm fell, it was pretty windy at times and the avalanche hazard increased to Considerable.

Avalanche training

On Monday I gave an avalanche information talk in the club room, I have experience of working as an avalanche forecaster and ski patroller and would like to share my knowledge with members. This will be a regular feature on Monday’s throughout the season, please come along if you are interested 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

 

Transceiver practice

A fairly blustery day with poor visibility on Wednesday was an ideal opportunity to carry out some transceiver practice, this was a first for some of the group. If you are going to ski off piste it is essential that you practice with your avalanche rescue equipment and know how it works.

John Moore lying down on the job!

 

       

Frosty morning at Grund

Race entries –

Entries are now being accepted for the MR WAMP on Thursday 13th Jan, first prize a pair of tickets for Fridays WC downhill (5chf to be paid in resort)

Also the Eastwood Trophy Super G, Friday 21st January on  to be held on the top section of the Lauberhorn course. This is an excellent opportunity for Inferno participants to get up to speed! (10chf to be paid in resort)

Please email wengen.manager@downhillonly.com if interested.

WhatsApp –

We have introduced a WhatsApp ski leading group, to improve communication and notify members interested in taking part of any changes or plans for the day. Please contact me via WhatsApp on the DHO managers number +41 79 259 30 70 to opt in.

This is also a preferred method of calling from your UK or other nationality mobile number.

The week ahead

Fresh snow is forecast overnight with 15cm – 30cm expected, clearing skies on Monday and cold temperatures are expected at least until Friday. Looking good for the WC downhill training and races –

FIS SKI WORLD CUP

Tuesday January 11, 2022
12.30 noon Training Downhill
Wednesday January 12, 2022  
12.30 noon Training Downhill
Thursday January 13, 2022 
11.40am Air show Patrouille Suisse
12.30 noon Super-G
Finish Area and public viewing Girmschbiel is closed, spectators only along race track possible
Logo SF2
Friday January 14, 2022
from 9.30am Catering available at Wengernalp, some places along the race slope in the Finish area
11.40am Air show Patrouille Suisse
12.30 noon Downhill Logo SF2
3pm – 10pm Entertainment & outdoor gastronomy/bar in the World Cup Village Wengen
7pm Award Ceremony Downhill Logo SF2
afterwards Entertainment with DJ in the World Cup Village Wengen
Saturday January 15, 2022
from 9.30am Catering available at Wengernalp, some places along the race slope in the Finish area
11.40am Air show Patrouille Suisse
12.30 noon   Lauberhorn Downhill Logo SF2
3pm – 22pm Entertainment & outdoor gastronomy/bar in the World Cup Village Wengen
7pm Award Ceremony Lauberhorn Downhill Logo SF2
afterwards Entertainment with DJ in the World Cup Village Wengen
Sunday January 16, 2022
10.15 am Lauberhorn Slalom 1st run Logo SF2
13.30 pm Lauberhorn Slalom 2nd run Logo SF2
afterwards Award Ceremony Slalom in the Finish Area

Subject to change!