Monday, December 20, 2010

Ladies' Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup goes to Courchevel

FIS Ladies' World Cup continues on Courchevel with a Slalom event. Returning after a 31 year absence, the Courchevel is getting in on the action and going all out to welcome eager ski fans and the world’s best women skiers. The last time (and only other time) the World Cup landed in Courchevel was in 1979, when Sweden’s Ingemar Stenmark ran away with the race in giant slalom.
Race will take place on the Emile Allais Slalom stadium. Although the slope is not very steep and the course not terribly long (500 meters and it begins at 2,015 meters and finishes at 1,824) – it is not injected, which might pose some challenges to some racers. The race is getting a lot of hype in the Savoie region of France and organizers say that the town is completely full and they’re expecting a huge turnout.
Courchevel is part of the 3 Valleys the largest ski area in the world, linked together by ski runs and ski lifts, with 600 kms of interconnected slopes and 180 ski lifts. The 3 Valleys comprise the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Brides-Les-Bains, Les Menuires - Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle.
Courchevel is the most prestigious access door to the 3 Valleys Ski area. The 5 villages (Saint Bon, Le Praz, Courchevel 1550, Moriond 1650 and Courchevel 1850), located at different altitude, offers you their own exclusive atmosphere. The history of Courchevel began in Saint Bon, the original village at an altitude of 1,100 metres . Le Lac Bleu, the first hotel built in the resort, has been welcoming guests since 1925.
In the linked ski area of the Courchevel valley you can find 150 kilometres of downhill pistes, served by 62 chairlifts. If you’re a beginner, the "ZEN" and fun zones are for you, with 27 green runs and 44 blue runs to get you skiing in perfect safety. For hardened skiers, 38 red runs and 10 black runs will test your technique and ability to the full!

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