Today the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup moves to Alta Badia in the Südtirol. The Giant Slalom along the Gran Risa slope in La Villa/Alta Badia is according to the ski world cup insiders among the most challenging of the whole ski world cup circuit (448 metres of altitude difference, 1,255 metres of length and 53% of maximum inclination). The Slalom race takes place tomorrow morning on the “Gran Risa” course (replaces Val d'Isere race. Last week, the FIS along with the local Organizing Committee in Val d’Isère were forced to cancel the World Cup slalom scheduled for Sunday, December 14th, 2008 following adverse weather conditions).
La Villa is the most central of the villages in the Alta Badia, located at the foot of the Gardenazza and the Piz La Villa, dominated by “Ciastel Colz”. Alta Badia offers 130 kilometres of pistes served by 51 lifts and a modern well-planned artificial snow system. Due to its central position in the Dolomites' skiing area Alta Badia is the ideal starting point for some of the best ski tours in the alpine area.You can find a wide offer of Mountain Restaurants in alpine Tyrolean-style. Regular visitors to the valley especially enjoy ladin dishes such as canederli (bread and speck dumplings), barley soup or "Kaiserschmarren" (a sweet pancake eaten with cranberries).The resort is lift linked to the Sella Ronda sector of the Dolomiti Superski pass. The Sella Ronda is probably the world’s third largest lift-linked ski area with over 500km of lift linked ski runs. The Dolomiti Superski pass is one of the world’s largest lift pass areas with over 1200km of maintained piste served by nearly 500 lifts on one ticket.