The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup continues in Whistler (Canada). Whistler will be the official Alpine Skiing Venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Consistently ranked one of the top ski resorts in North America, the Whistler Resort welcomes more than two million visitors each year. Located in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler is approximately 115 kilometres from Vancouver. The men will compete in a super-G on Thursday, 21st February and in a giant slalom on Saturday, 23rd February. The ladies will compete in a downhill on Friday, 22nd February and in a super combined on Sunday, 24th February. The men's races will be held on the Dave Murray Downhill while the ladies race on the course named Franz's Run. Franz's Run name remenbers the personality of Franz Wilhelmsen, the driving force behind Whistler. He had a vision in the early 1960s of seeing Whistler Mountain as a major ski area catering to Vancouver and Seattle skiers. Through his tenacity, he managed to open Whistler Mountain in February 1966. Franz's was his favourite run and named in his honour.
The competitions will serve as the test events for all things related to the operations on the field of play for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games to be held on the same courses.
The two mountains of Whistler and Blackcomb are connected by a pedestrian Village and offers a ski area of 3,307 hectares with three glaciers and 200 trails served by 38 lifts. In Whistler you can enjoy a vertical drop of 1609 metres, between the highest Lift Accessed Elevation situated at 2,284 metres and the Whistler Village situated at 675 metres, of ski terrain covered with great snow (average snowfall: 10.22 metres per year).