Page 4 of 8
Next year it will have a different name on it, and every year
after that as people are able to bid on the name.
Pique: There were a few slow years but after last season and a
good summer, is there a sense that the excitement is back?
DF: There’s a lot of energy, you can really feel it. I wouldn’t
be surprised if we had a record opening weekend. We made the decision to open
the Creekside Gondola because the snow conditions allowed it, but also because
we expect a strong turnout. Everything in the Roundhouse is totally open
— even Steeps Grill is open, and I don’t think it’s ever been open this
Pique: Will people notice any changes to runs that are being
made for the Olympics?
DF: It wasn’t in the budget, but I can say we spent a lot of
time on those runs over the summer and a lot of our staff were immersed in the
task of building these alpine venues. That includes a lot of work on the
The improvements to the Dave Murray Downhill are quite
dramatic, a lot of changes had to be made for safety that will make it a better
run in some ways. We’ve been working pretty closely with VANOC and FIS to
ensure the end product is something we can be proud of and something that will
compare favourably to the top downhill courses in the world.
It’s not totally finished. It was a two-year project, to be
completed next summer, and there are two bridges we still have to put in, but
it’s going to be a very different experience this year.
One of the areas where we’ve done a lot of work is Fallaway,
which is steep as heck with a 90 degree left turn at the bottom. We’ve widened
the turn by 10 to 15 metres, which should create a much better ski experience.
We’ve also widened the way to Coaches Corner and added a new hot air at the ‘S’
turns which should also improve the view from the finish line.