Monday, February 2, 2009

Val d'Isere FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Forty seven years after the Chamonix World Championships, France will host the 2009 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. From the second to the fifteenth of February the best skiers on earth will be gathered together in Val d’Isère. During the twelve days of racing, 11 events are scheduled (5 Men’s races, 5 Ladies races and 1 team event), bringing together 60 nations, 350 athletes, 1000 volunteer team members and no less than 1 800 media representatives. A total of 600 hours of broadcasting offering 450 million television viewers throughout the world the opportunity to watch and experience this unique skiing extravaganza.
The Women's speed events will be run on the new "Rhône-Alpes" slope on the Solaise mountain which will begin its life as a legendary race run by hosting the Downhill, Super Combined Downhill and Slalom, and Super G events. All the other events will take place on the mythical "Face de Bellevarde", which, in 1992, hosted all the Winter Olympic Men's events with the exception of the Slalom. The Slalom stadium on which the men's and women's technical events will be run will share the same finish area with the Downhill.
Val d'Isère is a megaresort located in the Savoie, recognisable by its charming Chalet architecture. People come to Val d'Isere with precisely one purpose in mind: to Ski. Val d'Isere offers to the skiers one of the most incredible Ski Paradises in the Alps: the Espace Killy, the Val d'Isere and Tignes combined skiing area, named in honour Jean-Claude Killy a magic skier, racing for Val d'Isere who won 3 gold medals in the 1968 Olympic games. 300 kilometres of slopes are served by 89 modern lifts. A playground for every skier with two glaciers (Pissaillas Glacier in Val d'Isere and the Grande Motte in Tignes) and 154 runs classified 22 green, 61 blue, 46 red and 25 black.