Friday, February 8, 2008

Sestriere hosts the Ladies Alpine Ski World this Weekend

Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Sestriere with two events. The Downhill race will take place on Saturday 9th and the SG on Sunday 10th. The speed races will bring the athletes down on the Kandahar Banchetta Giovanni Nasi Olympic slope from the top of the Motta mountain for almost 3 km with a maximum gradient of 55% and a vertical drop of 800 metres.
The ski resort is located in the Piemonte region at 2,035 metres on the Col of Sestriere at the foot of Mount Sises and is surrounded by Mount Banchetta and Mount Fraiteve. Sestriere is a popular skiing resort, together with the villages of Claviere, Sauze d'Oulx, Cesana Torinese, San Sicario, Pragelato and the French Montgenèvre, it makes up the Via Lattea skiing area. It offers more that 200 skiing connected courses, that is a linear extension equal to 400 Km, whose altitude ranges from 1350 metres in Cesana to 2800 metres on top of the Motta course. 60% of the skiing area is covered by the planned snowmaking system net.
Sestriere regularly hosts Alpine Ski World Cup events, and it hosted the World Championships in 1997; it was a main venue during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, hosting the men's alpine skiing competitions and being the site of one of the three Olympic Villages.
The history of Sestrire goes back to the 1930s when senator and FIAT's founder Giovanni Agnelli commissioned the building of two towers to use it as Hotels on the huge meadows of the village's hill. In this place were also set up the first two cableways directed to Banchetta and Sises mountains.