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    A day on the Birds of Prey

    I was a volunteer for Ski and Snowboard Club Vail on Friday at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships . My assignment was 'slip crew'. First we slipped the ladies course prior to their DH race that day. I didn't take any pictures, but my brother got a few.

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    An early start (5:45 in parking lot, 6:15 on Centennial Lift to the Spruce Saddle Lodge and a look at the Gore Range

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    'Tuff Shed' at the top of Lift 9. All the staging of slip crews and course workers centered on this location

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    Looking up Pete's Arena to the Brink (me in blue taking picture)

    A sequence of Jennifer Piot (FRA) in the Ladies' DH race; taken from Lift 9 between laps slipping the Mens' course
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    Broc, our team leader, at the Brink. A hard left footer, a right footer then the crux left footer to stay out of the A-net

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    Looking down from Pete's Arena. One guy lost his edge and slid into the piles of snow being removed by the Talon Crew workers below. My good friend Chip Ford, a former WC tech, had a tent and his bench at Tuff Shed and was giving free tunes to anyone in need. The guy got a tune and survived later slip runs.

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    Steven taking the complimentary photo the the one in the prior post.

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    The stands were full to watch the Ladies' DH.

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    The stands from Red Tail Jump

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    Mens DH Training Inspection
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    Lindsey Vonn
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    These photos were taken from Lift 9. Good timing on Steven's part.

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    After we were done slipping the Mens' DH course and the Ladies' race was done, most of us were cut loose. My brother was 'assigned' to slip down the Ladies' course and traverse to the Pump House on the Mens'. He took these shots over B-net during the Mens' DH Training.

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    Cool Pic, racer unknown

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    Meanwhile I asked to be assigned to where I could watch the race a bit. I became a 'runner'; I held a couple of gates with panels and followed a SSCV coach who had a gate wrench and drill down the course to be stationed to replace a gate as needed. We were team 2 at Golden Eagle so for the first 15 racers, we were backup; we didn't have to have our skis on or be ready to roll until team 1 got called out. So I got a few pictures of my own.

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