The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Good…snow piling up in the Cascades, Mt Hood Ski Bowl OR grabbed 8″ today alone, 100% trails open…snow piling up in the upper midwest; Caberfae Peaks MI got 14″ overnight…Bad…power out this morning at Caberfae Peaks MI….snow piling up in New England, Jay Peak has a couple inches of fresh but the lifts are being blow sideways today, they had a fixed grip double running but had to shut that down as well…more bad…Promised Land Express chair went on the fritz yesterday at Northstar-at-Tahoe California; unclear if the some patrons were roped down or if the lift ran in evac mode. Everybody’s safe, and the lift is not running today…Mad River Mountain OH had to bang it up at 4pm yesterday due to high winds, but not so bad as they fired up snowmaking and were spinning early this morning…Ugly…describes the liftlines at Mt Bachelor today, power issues wreaking havoc on mountain ops. Snow conditions are beyond good…Ugly…that was the Swiss Timing this weekend for the ladies world cup downhill action in Crans Montana Switzerland, specifically for the Swiss skiers. Lara Gut-Behrami blistered the run, the clock kept running. Officials fiddled with the timing and placed her fifth or something. All the former world champ could do was shrug her shoulders. New queen of speed Sofia Goggia won the race, while Gut’s teammate Joana Haehlen grabbed second (I believe her first podium but honestly who really cares) anyway after all the dust settled, Gut-Behrami was awarded third. What’s all that about Swiss timing…well here’s the statement from Federation International de Skiwhatever:

The problem was due to connection issues between the infrastructure installed on the finish line and the timekeeping room. Consequently, the electronic timekeeping did not stop the finish time automatically for some of the competitors.

Longines, Official Partner and Timekeeper of the FIS, and Swiss Timing, in charge of operations on site, are currently investigating the facts of this incident and will take on board fully the findings of this enquiry.

Despite the fact that the results were not displayed accurately in the finish area or on television, a manual backup timing system was used for the athletes that were affected as per FIS rules.

As a result of implementing the manual backup system, the top three finishers of today’s downhill race are: First place, Sofia Goggia (ITA); second place, Joana Haehlen (SUI); third place, Lara Gut-Behrami (SUI). The official results can be found here.

Longines and Swiss Timing are very disappointed by this incident and wish to apologize to the athletes, organizers and spectators.

Well it seems to have been sorted out, so let’s not get too bent out of shape about it. One bad note from the event, Ilka Stuhec crashed hard and blew through three rows of netting but word is she was only banged and bruised from the ordeal. That’s good to hear, check out the photo above courtesy FIS…Federica Brignone won the Alpine combined yesterday at Crans-Montana for the third straight year. Brignone held on to her downhill lead with a solid slalom run that edged Roni Remme of Canada by 0.38 seconds. That’s the first career podium for Remme, a 23-year-old student at the University of Utah.