Thursday, November 12, 2009

Levi hosts 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 14th and the Men on Sunday November 15th and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events. The World Cup opening in Slalom once again fills the Levi ski resort with athletes from 21 teams around the world.
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. Since last year a new attraction for audience 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.