Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bormio host the FIS World Cup Grand Finals

From 12th to 16th March 2008, Valtellina will be hosting the Big Finals for the FIS Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard World Cup. The Alpine Skiing races will be held on the stunning “Stelvio” slope in Bormio, the perfect venue dubbed «winter sports’ answer to La Scala Theatre» by Gianfranco Kasper, FIS President. The “Stelvio”, which is almost 3,230 metres long with a 986-metre difference in altitude and a maximum gradient of 60%, is a notoriously unforgiving track and is the only one where the finish area can clearly be seen from the starting gate. Bormio hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1985 and 2005, as well as the World Cup Finals in 1995 and 2000. The Cross-Country races will be held in Santa Caterina Valfurva. And the Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard events will take place on the slopes of Valmalenco.
28 races are on the schedule in the 5 days, from Wednesday the 12th of March to Sunday the 16th.55 crystal globes will be awarded with 159 medals to more than 800 racers attending this greatevent with a total prize money of about 900.000€.The Organizing Committee is ready to deliver more than 5.000 credentials. During the event more than 6 hours of live show will be broadcasted daily from the area.
A packed programme of side events, concerts and cultural attractions gives the area an enjoyable party atmosphere, and provides the perfect backdrop to one of the most eagerly awaited sporting events of the year.
Skipasses are available for the skiarea “4 Valli” –free bus service-, which are valid for the area Bormio, S. Colombano (Oga and Valdidentro) and Santa Caterina. The skiing-mountain San Colombano hosts the slopes of the Valdidentro, which are in a very sunny position and connect to the Valdisotto (Oga). Offering a great panoramic alpine view, these sunny slopes invite to enjoy and ski. San Colombano offers 30 kilometres of slopes and 10 skilifts. Santa Caterina's slopes are exposed to the north, thanks to that fact skiers will find ideal snow conditions the whole winter season. 40 kilometres of slopes are to be reached by 7 skilifts.Bormio lies at the top of the Valtellina Valley formed by the Adda River. The Valtellina ski area is a component of five large skiing areas with 400 kilometres of pistes and 140 ski lifts: Alta Valtellina, Tirano, Sondrio and Valmalenco, Morbegno and Valchiavenna.Bormio with nearly two thousand years of history, has well established itself as tourist resort for more than a century. It is situated at an altitude of 1225 metres, right in the heart of the Italian Alps in the region Lombardy and has 4100 inhabitants. At the feet of the Stelvio Pass and the Ortler-Cevedale mountain range, Bormio is close to the Swiss border. It is surrounded by a limestone mountain-range with the main peak "Reit", which is 3075 metres high. The historical centre of Bormio is one of the most important of the whole province as well as one of the best preserved ones in the Alps.
P.S.: Ladies' and Men's Downhill races at the FIS Grand Finals 2008 in Bormio (ITA), scheduled for 12th March 2008, have been cancelled due to soft snow conditions.