Continental CupMadison Buzzing

FasterSkierJanuary 13, 2006

With the second annual Capitol Square Sprints event kicking off this Saturday, the streets of downtown Madison (WI) are buzzing and rumbling tonight with dump trucks bringing in manmade snow and workers building artificial hills out of metal staging and plywood. The excitement is tangible as spectators and excited racers from all over the country get ready for this weekend's long-anticipated events.

Madison receiving snow at the rate of 15 feet per minute

An incredible amount of work is going into the transformation of the city's streets around the capitol building from car-filled traffic lanes to groomed and tracked ski race course, where some of the nation's fastest skiers will be competing in the US SuperTour sprint races on Saturday and Sunday. Work was already well underway by 5pm Friday, with volunteers setting up the podium and start/finish banners and trucks delivering fences and building materials. Hammersly dump trucks began delivering load after load of Tyrol Basin's manmade snow around 6pm, and the course started to take shape.

Workers putting together a portable hill strong enough to drive a snowcat over and hold up to elite sprinters' fierce double pole pounding ). But there are an expanded number of other exciting events this year including ice sculpting, a snowboard rail jam competition, high school and Junior Olympic qualifying sprints and sprint relays, open skiing for beginners and recreational skiers, a ski expo where people can try out the newest top-of-the-line ski equipment, disabled skier races, and more.

Those who ski off the course can get a free self-service stonegrind

The snow is pretty filthy, but the word is they're bringing clean snow for the top layer.

The hotel has designated a very large room for waxing

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