Preparations for the 2009 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week have been underway for a couple weeks now. Check out some pictures below taken Tuesday as course crews worked to hang A-Net along sections of the course that are hardest to get to and need to be done before the snow starts sticking to the ground.
The slideshow below shows photos from the hanging of nets 2 and 4. Net 2 (photos 1, 2, 3 & 9), is located near the Super G Start. Portions of that area on the Birds of Prey reach 45 degrees and are among the steepest on the World Cup circuit. The rest of the photos below were taken during the hanging of net 4, lower down the course. Net 4 is the Birds of Prey's longest section of "Doubled A Net."
Each net, weighing in excess of 100 pounds, is carefully unrolled and moved into position. Nets are stitched together via a series of knots and often doubled up in critical areas. From there they are hoisted into position via a series of booms alongside the course.
Mark your calendars for the 2009 Audi Birds of Prey World Cup Race Week December 4-6.
A-NET HANGING 9.29.09: