North American PRO ACADEMY Consultant/Trainer, Andy Lindsey got back behind the sticks of a PistenBully to assist with the grooming of the Women’s World Cup race course at Killington Resort in Vermont (USA). Killington marked Andy’s 13th World Cup course preparation in North America. PistenBully was a proud sponsor of the event, donating two 600 winches for the course build. We sat down with Andy after he returned back to Reno, NV (USA) for an event recap.
How was constructing a World Cup course at Killington different from some of the other resorts you have built courses at?
At most of the previous builds that I’ve been able to be a part of, the weather was somewhat consistent. This was not the case at Killington. One day it would be snowing, the next would be quite warm with high humidity and then all of a sudden it would be in the negative degrees Fahrenheit. This creates challenges when trying to prepare a consistent top to bottom base. The crew had to be diligent about mixing the different layers that Mother Nature would provide on a daily basis.
What does the step-by-step process of a World Cup build typically look like?
What challenges did the Killington World Cup build team face?
Constantly changing weather was a big obstacle. I am told that this can be expected of the Eastern US. The crew did an amazing job with the adversity that Mother Nature handed them.
Athletes reported once again that the Killington race course was in great condition for racing? Would you agree? What, to you, constitutes a “good” race course?
I would agree, with the ever changing weather conditions the race surface was in great shape and consistent from top to bottom. To me a “good” race course, is a course that has challenging terrain with a surface that holds up and stays “fair” throughout the race.