This weekend the Audi FIS Men’s World Cup continues on Val d'Isere with the Giant Slalom on Saturday and Slalom on Sunday. The slope to be used at these events is the legendary Bellevarde Olympic "Face", which hasn't been used as a race slope since the 1992 Olympic Winter Games until the 2009 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Val d’Isere and the Bellevarde in particular stand out in racers’ minds as one of the steepest, iciest courses on the technical tour. With a GS starting elevation of 2,292 meters and finish at 1,842, it is also hard on the lungs.
After five events, the overall World Cup is led by Mario Scheiber of Austria ahead of Didier Cuche (SUI) and Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR). At this point of the season the field of possible winners has visibly grown; in fact in the five events so far there have been a total of 15 podium finishers. Obviously the slightest of mistakes on the course or in the equipment selection can make the difference between finishing on the podium and in the lower end of top 30. The Austrian men's team has begun its comeback season with a vengeance, already collecting two wins at three speed races, including a double victory in the season opening downhill where Michael Walchhofer stole the title of the oldest downhill winner from Didier Cuche. In Beaver Creek, Georg Streiberger conquered the Birds of Prey Super-G.
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.