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Side Slippers in Halfpipe
Side Slippers in Halfpipe
Side Slippers on Aerial Landing hill
Side Slippers on Aerial Landing hill

Job Descriptions

Persons, who groom the snow surface with their skis, removing ruts and snow between competitiors runs. This group has a training session to go over proper ways to slip.

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[edit] Assignments

When dispatched from base at the top of lift, you will be given specific instructions and directions regarding how to proceed to your work area. Seek out the Section Chief of the section above your section of work so they can contact the Section Chief below to ask for instructions. Once you are in your section work area, you are too low to do any slipping work.

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[edit] During competition

Slip Crews inject themselves between competitiors to side-slip a short section of the course, between pre-defined pull-outs. After a number of racers have passed, the Slip Crews on the course will all slip to the next pullout. Also referred to as "High Speed Slip".

This season a number of volunteers will be selected (depending upon ability) to be Slippers. Each Slipper will be assigned to a Slip Crew and Leader. All slip teams will be, at times, assigned to other duties in addition to their slipper duties. These may include moving material to various sections, assisting course crews, or spectating!

[edit] Movement

  • All slip crews must move as a team to their assigned place of work.
  • At times work assignments on the mid or lower course may require moving down outside of the arena and re-entering the course at a lower section. This allows teams working above to finish tasks undisturbed or sections with completed assignments to be left undisturbed by nnecessary movement on the hill.
  • Slip leaders must make contact with the Section Chiefs before entering sections, as work may need to be done in the upper portions of each section.
  • Slippers should pay attention to worker exits. When instructed, Slippers must depart the course at these exits, even if they are at midcourse.
  • Do not slip into the finish unless specifically told to do so. Your security clearance may make it very difficult to return to slipping duty.
  • The last slipper exit will be skier’s right just above the finish area.
  • Check in as a team to the Base at the bottom of John Paul immediately upon arrival. You may be required back at the top of the course.
  • Check in at and your slip leader at the top of John Paul when you reach the top.

[edit] Slipping

When actual slipping takes place, Slip Leaders must keep control of their Slip Team. All slipping must Absolutely Positively be conducted as a Team to be effective. Slipping requires strength (to move snow) and knowledge (of where and when) to efficiently move snow. Team members must stay a maximum of six feet from one another when slipping.

[edit] Slipping during the event

  • A smaller number of slippers will be required during the event. They will work in teams of two. Teams will be pre-positioned at each slip station on the course prior to the course freeze. After each athlete, 1 team (2 slippers) leaves and each slip station sends a slip team to the next slip station. Thus the whole course is slipped after each racer.
  • It is crucial that each slip team moves quickly along the “skiing line” unless otherwise instructed to slip the wide line, low line, etc. Look for the tracks the last athlete has just left – this is the racing line.
  • Teams should enter the course quickly as a racer passes and pull off quickly at the next slip station. Never slip more than one section, DO NOT pass a slip station.
  • If you hear “Course” immediately move off the course. This means that a racer is on course and close by!
  • Keep quiet and listen for directions.
  • Remember, slip where the racer has left tracks, this is the skiing line. It may not be the shortest distance between two gates.


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