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Dave Murray Men's Olympic Downhill Track
The Dave Murray Downhill has been used for World Cup and National Championship downhill racing for many years, and is recognized as one of the best downhill courses in the world. For a video introduction, courtesy of the NY Times, click here.
In preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) constructed a separate Women's Downhill course on Whistler Mountain's "Franz's Run". Click on the image to the right for an overview map of the two courses (Courtesy of VANOC).
For the 2008 World Cup event, the lower portion of the Dave Murray track will be used to run both a Man's Super Giant Slalom (SG) and a Giant Slalom (GS).
The Men's SG started at the traditional "Women's Start", at the top of the "Toilet Bowl", while the GS will start at the "Tunnel", just below the Expressway crossing.
For a map of the lower portion of the Dave Murray Downhill, click on the second image to the right (with thanks to VANOC).
As a means of managing our on-hill activities, the course is divided into Sections, with work in each Section managed by a Section Chief.. The Section Chiefs direct the work done by Crew Chiefs.
Scroll down to view the Dave Murray Section table and links to our Dave Murray Course Manual.
The following table contains links to individual Section descriptions in our Course Manual for the Dave Murray Downhill.
|COURSE SECTION NAME
& Course Manual link
|Comments and Other Names||A” NET LOCATIONS|
| Overview of Course
|S1 Double Trouble||Start to the Love Shack|
|S2 Caddy Shack||Love Shack to Bear Paw||A1 Caddy Shack|
|S3 Bear Paw||Bear Paw to Toilet Bowl||A2 Toilet Bowl entry on rightl|
|S4 Toilet Bowl||SG start to Carousel|| A3 Toilet Bowl left
A4 Toilet Bowl right
|S5 Carousel||Possible exit to mid-station||A5 Carousel right|
|S6 Weasel||GS Start to Espressway|| A6 Weasel left
A7 Weasel right
|S7 Expressway||Tunnel (both old and new)|
|S8 Fall Away||Traditional Women's GS start|| A8 Fall Away left
A9 Fall Away right
|S9 Fall Away Flats||Compression below Fall Away to Sewer||A10 Fall Away Flats right|
|S10 After Burner||Known to all as the Sewer||A11 After burner (Sewer) right|
|S11 Coaches Corner||Now widened and no A-Net|
|S12 Powerhouse Trail||Traverse swings back to Slalom Start||A12 Powerhouse Trail (traverse) left.|
|S13 Slalom Start||Start of final decent to Finish Area||A13 Slalom Start Right|
|S14 Boyd's Bump||Short section before Hot Air||A14 Boyd's Bump left|
|S15 Murrs Jump||Same roll-over as Hot Air.||A15 Boyd's Bump / Murr's Jump right.|
|S16 Finish Area||Known as Timing Flats|
Located near the top of the Dave Murray Downhill is the Raven/Ptarmigan training area, which is also built and maintained by volunteer Course Crew.
The top of the Dave Murray Downhill course and the training area is serviced by the Garbanzo chairlift, which is accessed via the Expressway. Race workers cycling on the course between the SG start and the GS start must ski the Expressway from mid-station (top of the Creekside Gondola) to the Garbanzo chairlift, and then ski the upper part of the Dave Murray course or "Orange Peel" to the SG start.
Helmet Cam Video of the 1995 Men's Downhill Course
Race Workers cycling on the lower Dave Murray downhill, from the GS start down, will ride the Creekside Gondola from Creekside to mid station and ski the Expressway to the Tunnel.