Today the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit will move to Alta Badia. The prestigious ski resort in the heart of the Alto Adige Dolomites will welcome the 25th Alpine Ski World Cup Championships on Sunday 19th December 2010, on the Gran Risa slope in La Villa, with the traditional Men's Giant Slalom.
The 15th December 1985 saw the first Men's World Cup Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa slope. Marcello Varallo, current president of the Organising Committee, managed to achieve his dream by bringing a Ski World Cup competition to his home in Alta Badia. The competition was won that day by Alpine ski legend Ingemar Stenmark, followed by the Austrian Hubert Strolz and by local champion Roberto Erlacher.
Celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the Ski World Cup in Alta Badia will take place at Club Moritzino Refuge, with the traditional dinner before the competition. Also, as part of the Ski World Cup, bars, pubs and other businesses in Alta Badia will organise a range of 25th anniversary celebrations. Between one run and another there will also be displays by the Frecce Tricolori National Aerobatic Team who will fly over Alta Badia at exactly midday to greet spectators and numerous local fans.
The "Casa Südtirol" gourmet area will also bring a special touch to this important anniversary. The public can take part in this sports event par excellence on the terrace next to the finish line and enjoy dishes by the "Dolomitici", prepared with typical Alto Adige-Südtirol products, in partnership with EOS (the Alto Adige Export Organisation).
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.