Want to ski with Bode Miller?
24th July 2011
The US racer is offering an intriguing way to raise interest in ski racing. Let the public ski down a race prepared course in a harness after the main event and he would follow holding the reigns.
The racing governing bodies are looking at ways to grow interest in ski racing. In part it is under threat from the popularity of the newer snowsports like skier and snowboard cross, slopestyle and the superpipe.
There is also huge interest in freeriding.
The newer sports are far more like what the skiing public does and so people are better able to identify with the events.
This coming season the US hosts several World Cup races and so there could well be greater public interest.
There has only been one World Cup Downhill in the USA for the men, The Birds of Prey course in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
If Bode Miller gets his way there could be an intriguing event after the main race.
Ordinary skiers would get the chance to tackle a race prepared course and see how they compare to the professionals.
Bit like people beng able to play on the centre court at Wimbledon or the fairways of St Andrews after the pros have finished.
Except a race prepared ski course is nothing like how a ski slope normally is.
It is sheet ice.So, according to a story in the USA Today newspaper, Bode Miller has offered to follow a member of the public down and hold the reigns in case they fall.
It was just one of a number of observations and suggestions he made.
He suggested doing it at Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey run in Colorado.
“I’ve always said have a raffle at the bottom and let somebody ski down the course, put them in a little baby harness so they can’t go anywhere,” Miller said. “I’ll ski behind them and hold them back. Or if they’re a good skier, let them run the thing full speed if they want to sign the waiver.”
Here at PlanetSKI we tackled The Olympic Downhill course at Snowbasin during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City when it was race-prepared. Scary Stuff!
Having Bode at the back might have been very helpful.
For the spirit of the mountains