Friday, November 14, 2008

Levi host the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom

This weekend Levi (FIN) will host the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Slalom competitions. Levi, located about 150 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
There are 44 slopes (longest slope 2500 m), 15 of which are lit, and 28 lifts including the only gondola lift in Finland. The Vertical drop is 325 m and the lift capacity is 27,600 skiers/hour. This year's events are the fourth time that the resort serves as a FIS World Cup host since February 2004.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend, when the Ladies compete on Saturday November 15th and the Men on Sunday November 16th and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events. Both races as well as Friday's and Saturday's bib draws can be viewed through live streaming on the new Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup website.
General Secretary of the race Mikko Saarinen says that he’s looking forward to this year’s race being a great experience for the audience as well as for the competitors. 2000 persons will be accredited at Levi World Cup21 television cameras with their crews guarantee a successful broadcasting of the event.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the race course has the steepness of 52 %.
Levi is Father Christmas's official fell and ski centre. A new attraction for audience this year is a Christmas market. The market is organized by a local tourism project. Near ZeroPoint in the center of Levi about 20 small cottages with different colors have been built. They will be lit and decorated in the Christmas style. Local companies will be selling their products, with traditional Lapland and Finnish Christmas themes. German style Glühwein and warm cider as well tasting samples of the products are offered.
On invitation of the Finnish Ski Association which is celebrating its centennial this year, the FIS Council will be holding its autumn meeting in conjunction with the World Cup races in Levi (FIN) this Friday, November 14th.