Steeped in history, Wengen's Lauberhorn stands as ultimate downhill test

By Real Vail
Real AspenJanuary 14, 2011
WENGEN, Switzerland – Steven Nyman (Sundance, UT) leans back onto tan couch inside the historic Park Hotel in Wengen. The U.S. Ski Team has been staying here for decades. Robert Redford and Gene Hackman made its rooms famous in the 1969 film Downhill Racer.

Bode Miller, a two-time winner on the track, trains on Wengen's famed Lauberhorn.
Courtesy of U.S. Ski Team

"There's a book in the other room," he points. "I look at it every time I come here. The photographs in there, well, they really tell the story. Wengen is a special place."

The Wengernalpbahn, a cog rail completed in 1892, serves as taxi to the auto-free Swiss village. It continues onto Kleine Scheidegg and over a pass to Grindelwald. Three of the most ominous peaks in Switzerland - the Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger - tower above.

It will be Nyman's sixth year of racing the Lauberhorn downhill, the oldest downhill in ski racing.

"The list of names who have won here is the history of ski racing," says Nyman. "But for me, I get my most inspiration when I think about the U.S. guys who have won here like Bill Johnson (1984), Daron Rahlves (2006) and Bode [Miller, Franconia, NH; 2007, 2008]. This race is a classic. When you win here, you've become a part of Wengen."

The same cog rail that drops the entire Audi FIS Alpine World Cup field and the thousands of skis and tons of luggage in Wengen also serves as the first chair lift. Special trains are added to the meticulous Swiss schedule on race day. Athletes exit at Kleine Sheidegg and load a lift to the start, 2.7 miles above the finish.

With average times of 2:30 seconds, the Lauberhorn is also the longest race on the World Cup circuit. The Swiss Air Force flies F5 Tiger fighters in acrobatic formation at noon each day.

"The first time I raced her, I could feel my legs burning halfway down," said Nyman. "Now I feel them at about three quarters. This hill takes it all out of you. You have to fight the urge to stand up and if you win that fight, you'll be in a good position to win the race."

The Wengen finish is tucked into a farm pasture just outside the village. It's small with room enough in the stands for a few thousand. In big years 30,000 have been known to flank the Lauberhorn from top to bottom with the highest concentration packed below the famous Hundschopf, a 130 foot leap through an rock outcropping.

Beyond that is Canadian Corner, a long fall-away curve named after the Crazy Canucks, who dominated Wengen in the early 1980's. Following the harrowing turn is the Kernen-S, a near 90 degree jog onto a tight ribbon of snow before peeling left into another 90. The hill then drops through the Wasserstation, a tunnel under the Wengernalpbahn. At times the train passes as racers rip below - all this in the first half of the run.

In the lower segement, skiers reach nearly 100 mph down the Haneggschuss, then soar off the Silberhornsprung and immediately into the Austrian Hole, a near two G compression. At this point, racers have been skiing for roughly 2:20. Above the finish is the Ziel-S or what U.S. coaches call stump alley.

"The three turns above the finish are probably the hardest on the slope, not because they're particularly technical, but because you're so cooked by that point. It's not easy to be dynamic on your skis and a lot of guys 'stump out' there because of fatigue. I've been one of them," said Nyman.

A top three finish is rewarded with a helicopter ride up the vertical face of the Eiger. It then swoops back and tracks up the Lauberhorn before plunging over the summit and down into town.

"I don't like to come all the way back from the finish, I like taking the helicopter," said Miller during Thursday night's super combined bib draw. "That's why it's really important to get on the podium here."

Miller won last year's super combined in Wengen, then went on to capture the Olympic super combined gold medal.

The downhill portion starts at 4:30 a.m. ET Friday with slalom at 8 a.m. on www.UniversalSports.com. Ted Ligety (Park City, UT) starts 14, Miller 21, Tim Jitloff (Reno, NV) 43 and Nyman 44.

Welcome to the 81st running of the Lauberhorn races in Wengen.


comments: 19 Comments on "Steeped in history, Wengen's Lauberhorn stands as ultimate downhill test"

pacicak992 – July 13, 2022, at 6:45 a.m.

Thank you, I have just been looking for information about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered till now. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source? 토토사이트추천

pacicak992 – July 14, 2022, at 5:20 a.m.

Very fine write-up. I actually really came across a person’s blog site plus needed so that you can point out this I’ve actually loved browsing a person’s site plus content. Anyhow I’ll often be checking a person’s feast plus I actually hope so that you can examine a person’s site again. https://strongtoto.com/메이저사이트

farhan – July 20, 2022, at 6:01 a.m.

This is a great way to gauge the entry accuracy of the rifle you are considering buying, before you purchase it. guns for sale online

lepetiw688 – Aug. 06, 2022, at 2:44 p.m.

look at this now
Get the facts
go now
go to my site
have a peek at this site
important source
investigate this site
my response
top article
click over here
look at this web-site
visite site
additional resources
address
find more
informative post
Visit Your URL
advice
best site
click here now
click now
click resources
find here
this contact form
try this site
try this website
Website
browse this site
browse this site
click here for more info
find out this here
go to my blog
her response
here
i was reading this
like it
more info here
my response
Related Site
see post
take a look at the site here
wikipedia reference
you can try here
check my blog
Find Out More
recommended you read
their explanation
why not check here
browse this site
get more
her comment is here
her comment is here
important source
useful link
browse around here
Extra resources
get redirected here
her explanation
next page
read this post here
why not find out more
article source
click here now
investigate this site
my site
pop over to this site
Read Full Article
anchor
go to this site
go to this website
have a peek here
her comment is here
Learn More Here
more info here
pop over to these guys
see post
site link
click to read more
continue reading this
great site
Learn More Here
More about the author
my sources
why not try this out
you can try these out
you could try these out
article source
click for source
click here to investigate
Discover More
Learn More Here
you can try these out
have a peek at this site
click to find out more
moved here
my site
special info
try here
check this site out
check this site out
click this link here now
company website
he has a good point
look at here
More about the author
navigate here
page
page
these details
try this web-site
webpage
click to read more
Continue
More Help
reference
sites
that site
this
website here
why not try these out
blog
Check Out Your URL
check over here
additional info
click here to investigate
Get More Info
her response
like it
my explanation
see page
he has a good point
imp source
more helpful hints
read here
their website
view
you could look here
article
check over here
find here
original site
see this here
browse this site
click to read
look at more info
view website
browse around these guys
continue reading this
have a peek at this website
blog
click here for more
original site
company website
Continued
description
hop over to this website
you can try these out
try these out
additional reading
linked here
check this site out
Going Here
advice
company website
helpful site
navigate here
next
Look At This
click this over here now
Read Full Article
read this article
visit this web-site
find out here
helpful hints
investigate this site
click for more
Get the facts
visit this web-site
company website
find here
learn the facts here now
read what he said
This Site
visit this site
additional hints
check this
click here for info
click this over here now
from this source
go to this website
read the full info here
blog
check this link right here now
click here for more
click here for more info
click this
continue reading this
directory
find here
learn this here now
Recommended Site
you could try this out
blog
browse around here
check this site out
click for more
Continue
description
explanation
find out here
go now
important link
informative post
link
look what i found
More Info
read this article
Recommended Site
try these out
try this out
visit the website
visit this site right here
wikipedia reference
you could check here
discover this info here
Get More Info
go to this website
Learn More Here
my site
official source
read here
read this article
review
this page
This Site
description
Full Report
websites
browse around these guys
great post to read
my website
this
try this website
see post
you can find out more
check out this site
find
navigate to this web-site
visite site
continue reading this
go
Bonuses
i loved this
my blog
company website
sites
he has a good point
hop over to these guys
see here now
Website
resource
anonymous
Check Out Your URL
click for more info
click site
click this link now
hop over to here
Visit Website
visite site
click over here now
the original source
useful content
my explanation
visit this site
address
next
browse around this site
Discover More Here
Get the facts
my review here
navigate to this site
visit their website
he said
Web Site
go to these guys
recommended you read
you could try these out
about his
find out here now
web link
address
check my blog
Bonuses
click to investigate
navigate to this website
browse around this site
these details
important link
have a peek here
page
dig this
published here
read the article
Related Site
click now
this content
Going Here
investigate this site
take a look at the site here
basics
try here
address
address
go right here
this contact form
you could look here
these details
find
Go Here
i thought about this
blog link
find
read this article
site link
their explanation
click this
my review here
resource
see it here
this link
Full Report
you could check here
browse around this site
click here to investigate
like this
web link
a knockout post
her latest blog
read more
Source
advice
go to this web-site
learn this here now
moved here
click to investigate
why not try these out
continue reading this
Discover More Here
look at more info
Look At This
special info
useful link
basics
continue reading this
Discover More Here
official source
read the full info here
visite site
important source
read the article
useful content
check this link right here now
click resources
Get More Information
get redirected here
see post
image source
my site
pop over to this site
this contact form
This Site
go right here
over at this website
visit this site
Bonuses
click for info
this article
Visit This Link
visit this web-site
click reference
Find Out More
reference
visit homepage
additional hints
best site
see this
see this page
check here
why not check here
additional resources
have a peek at these guys
read this article
use this link
basics
check my site
check my site
check over here
More Info
view it
visit here
click over here now
my response
page
why not look here
check out the post right here
check these guys out
navigate to this web-site
click to read more
read the article
review
content
linked here
More Bonuses
look at this now
see page
website link
go now
important link
Learn More
more
More about the author
more tips here
Read Full Report
view it
basics
check here
check these guys out
click here to investigate
Full Article
Get the facts
important source
Learn More
their explanation
try this site
useful site
learn the facts here now
webpage
click here to find out more
find out here
his explanation
Visit This Link
you could look here
my company
wikipedia reference
you could check here
click resources
find here
important link
learn the facts here now
see this website
see this website
browse around this website
browse around this web-site
click reference
Check Out Your URL
Read More Here
Related Site
get redirected here
More Help
original site
why not try this out
click to read more
Learn More Here
look at this now
you could check here
click over here now
find out
find out this here
i loved this
news
browse around this website
click reference
discover this info here
he said
like this
more helpful hints
my company
company website
find out here now
Full Article
great post to read
like it
look what i found
my company
try this
wikipedia reference
basics
look at this now
straight from the source
anonymous
check this site out
click resources
see
try this website
basics
my company
my sources
next
this page
click to investigate
browse around this web-site
find more info
read review
useful source
view
article source
see this site
pop over to these guys
this content
check my source
important link
navigate to this web-site
take a look at the site here
useful content
check my site
index
resource
see this website
site
article
click
click for more
click here for more
look at this now
read this
you could check here
additional resources
browse around here
click over here
find
find more info
imp source
Recommended Reading
weblink
find more
find out here
get more
his response
site link
Source
try this site
why not find out more
find
basics
Learn More
why not find out more
great site
anchor
Discover More Here
navigate to this web-site
check out here
content
pop over to this website
click this link here now
have a peek at this site
more info here
sites
these details
weblink
discover this
have a peek at this site
official website
click reference
find more information
go to this website
more
reference
view
check over here
check this site out
go to my blog
this article
visit homepage
weblink
a knockout post
continue reading this
find more
i was reading this
look these up
navigate to this website
next
read
you can find out more
Continue
Find Out More
find this
go to this site
over at this website
Read Full Report
view it
about his
click to investigate
discover this
get more
important source
Related Site
see this site
view it now
check over here
have a peek here
page
view website
you could check here
check it out
Get the facts
have a peek here
right here
see this
see this website
this contact form
This Site
try this
websites
additional info
advice
continue reading this
click
click here to find out more
look what i found
More Bonuses
visite site
click now
Get More Information
Going Here
here
informative post
look at this now
read this
view website
hop over to this site
Learn More
news
click this link now
her response
anonymous
check my reference
Discover More Here
look at more info
read the article
site link
their explanation
i thought about this
Learn More Here
click here for more info
informative post
more
try this site
click now
click this
Continue
i loved this
recommended you read
check this link right here now
find out this here
have A Peek At These Guys
click this link now
Clicking Here
go to this website
Going Here
here
navigate to these guys
pop over to this website
click here to investigate
click this site
Find Out More
i was reading this
like it
my site
Read Full Report
see
use this link
webpage
you can check here
you can look here
click here to find out more
Website
news
look at this website
site web
visit this site right here
have a peek at this website
helpful site
important site
investigate this site
look at here now
the original source
explanation
find out
look at here now
site link
these details
this link
why not try these out
wikipedia reference
blog
description
Going Here
look at this site
see this
site
straight from the source
browse around these guys
important link
look these up
more tips here
navigate to this website
next page
Visit Your URL
get redirected here
read the article
you can check here
you can look here
blog here
check this
click here for more info
explanation
find more information
go to this site
her explanation
i was reading this
link
useful reference
webpage
you can try this out
browse this site
More about the author
see this site
that site
helpful hints
a knockout post
anchor
Continue
discover this
site
this
click here to read
click site
click this link here now
Full Article
more info here
read here
go now
page
click now
helpful resources
pop over to this site
try this out
her response
navigate to these guys
view it
visit the site
check my site
see it here
Full Report
Go Here
informative post
Recommended Reading
click for more info
great post to read
my sources
site
best site
Check Out Your URL
find more information
visit the site
visit the website
click here for info
published here
see here now
see this here
Continue Reading
go to the website
go to these guys
image source
Learn More Here
look here
navigate to this web-site
page
click to find out more
hop over to this website
investigate this site
Learn More
navigate here
other
pop over to this website
site web
try here
blog
index
news
read
read this post here
see this here
you can try here
check my reference
click for source

lepetiw688 – Aug. 16, 2022, at 6:57 a.m.

I have not checked in here for a while as I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are good quality so I guess I will add you back to my everyday bloglist. You deserve it my friend https://strongtoto.com/스포츠중계

pacicak992 – Aug. 18, 2022, at 5:58 a.m.

La formation en ligne en gestion d'entreprise peut être un excellent moyen d'acquérir les compétences dont vous avez besoin pour gérer une entreprise prospère. Les meilleurs cours de gestion d'entreprise en ligne couvrent des sujets tels que la gestion financière, le marketing et les ressources humaines. En suivant un cours en ligne, vous serez en mesure d'apprendre à votre propre rythme et dans votre propre temps. De plus, vous aurez accès à des instructeurs experts qui pourront répondre à toutes vos questions. Que vous cherchiez à créer votre propre entreprise ou que vous en dirigiez déjà une, un cours de gestion d'entreprise en ligne peut vous aider à faire passer votre entreprise au niveau supérieur. formation gestion d'entreprise

pacicak992 – Aug. 20, 2022, at 12:39 a.m.

Hey! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a outstanding job! navigate to the closest grocery store

pacicak992 – Aug. 23, 2022, at 5:56 a.m.

Quickly our own web site will, no doubt definitely turn into well regarded together with practically all running any website family members, due to its careful content and evaluate posts. y2mate com download video

pacicak992 – Sept. 03, 2022, at 7:05 a.m.

The created tips a person contributed have extended my own knowledge as well as motivated me personally to explore this particular topic. I enjoy how you was able to get this to fascinating. My eye balls tend to be opened to be able to clean ideas. iso payment processing

pacicak992 – Oct. 17, 2022, at 11:23 a.m.

This is very useful suggestions. I have to say I really like reading this article alot. It helps me to turn into better grasp about the subject. It is all well and good produced. I will definitely search for this kind of material incredibly intriguing. Hopefully you can present more one day. 안전놀이터

pacicak992 – Oct. 23, 2022, at 11:24 a.m.

I think you will in no way cease! This is probably the greatest weblogs You will find actually study. Youve got some crazy talent right here, man. I just desire that you simply don’t shed your thing because you are one with the best blog writers out there. Please keep it up because the world wide web requirements someone like you getting the news out. 안전놀이터

pacicak992 – Oct. 25, 2022, at 5:17 a.m.

An fascinating discussion is value comment. I feel that you must write extra on this matter, it may not be a taboo topic but generally individuals are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers deep web

pacicak992 – Oct. 25, 2022, at 5:36 a.m.

Took me awhile to read all the comments, but I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenters here! It’s always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! I’m sure you had fun writing this article. dark web sites

Do you mind if I quote a few of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My blog site is in the very same area of interest as yours and my users would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Thanks a lot! work from home jobs

Thanks for some other excellent article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I’ve a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such info. affiliate marketing

I just like the valuable information you provide in your articles. I’ll bookmark your weblog and take a look at once more right here frequently. I am quite certain I’ll learn lots of new stuff right here! Good luck for the following! automatic sliding glass door bd

pacicak992 – Oct. 31, 2022, at 3:48 a.m.

The look favorably fantastic. Many of these small data tend to be designed making use of lots of background encounter. I'd like everything considerably. 우리카지노쿠폰

pacicak992 – Nov. 06, 2022, at 7:32 a.m.

I was surfing the Internet for information and came across your blog. I am impressed by the information you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this subject. ทดลองเล่นสล็อต

pacicak992 – Nov. 09, 2022, at 9:03 a.m.

I favor the entire group of products, Considered truly loved, I want more information. about this, thinking about that it's fairly good., Many thanks a great deal with regards to displaying. 에볼루션카지노

kashifseo112 – Nov. 18, 2022, at 3:35 p.m.

In this case you will begin it is important, it again produces a web site a strong significant internet site: 먹튀검증

woham – Nov. 20, 2022, at 8:52 a.m.

So, basically, nowadays people are more dependent on online products and services that’s why we also, take forward a step to help you. fifa world cup 2022 date

kashifseo112 – Dec. 01, 2022, at 3:10 p.m.

Welcome to the party of my life here you will learn everything about me. 링크찾기

COMMENT
Comment Form Info  Comment Information
Real Aspen encourages you to post comments on our articles and blogs. Logged in email is required for monitoring purposes. Your email will not be published and will not be distributed to any third-party. Abusive, obscene, profane, threatening, libelous or defamatory comments are prohibited. By posting a comment, you agree to this policy and our terms of use. To report an abusive posting, please contact us.

To make a comment, please log in or create an account. This helps us prevent spam and other malicious attacks.

Please log in to comment

 

Create a user account to comment

Snow Report

  24hr snow mid dpth snow cond.
A-Basin n/a n/a
Aspen n/a n/a closed
BC n/a n/a closed
Breckenridge n/a n/a closed
Buttermilk n/a n/a closed
Copper n/a n/a closed
Crest. Butte n/a n/a closed
Eldora n/a n/a closed
Heavenly n/a n/a closed
Highlands n/a n/a
Howelsen n/a n/a closed
Keystone n/a n/a closed
Kirkwood n/a n/a closed
Loveland n/a n/a
Monarch n/a n/a closed
Northstar n/a n/a closed
Powderhorn n/a n/a closed
Purgatory n/a n/a closed
Silverton n/a n/a closed
Ski Cooper n/a n/a closed
Ski Granby n/a n/a closed
Snowmass n/a n/a closed
Steamboat n/a n/a closed
Sunlight n/a n/a closed
Telluride n/a n/a closed
Vail n/a n/a closed
WinterPark n/a n/a closed
Wolf Creek n/a n/a closed
More Weather Reports
VIDEO GALLERY
Vail powder day snow snake
Airing it out at Crested Butte
Feb. 17, 2011 Surprise 14 inches of Fresh Powder