After Ruka's, Kuusamo (FIN) successful event, today Wednesday 15 December, Meribel (FRA) will host the second stage of the FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup season 2010/2011. The world’s best mogul skiers will fight using their best technique and creative skills. Taking place in the centre of the resort, this spectacular show attracts a large crowd. Women and men qualification will take place in the morning. The finale will be at 1.30pm and will be followed by a Big Air Show, some live music, and other entertainment.
Moguls skiing is a spectacular discipline in which skiers demonstrate their technical skills in the moguls and their acrobatic skills by performing more and more impressive jumps. The events take place on a 26° to 32° slope, 210 to 270 metres long, filled with bumps and punctuated with two air bumps. The event comprises a qualification round and a final round. The score, awarded by the 7 FIS judges, is based on technique (50%), jumps (25%) and speed (25%).
The Dual Moguls event is a head-to-head race, where the competitors set out onto the piste in pairs, each in a separate ‘corridor’. The winner of the heat, based on time and score, qualifies for the next round. The final round decides the winner of this World Cup event.
Meribel 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.
Meribel is located at the heart of the 3 Vallées and it is the ideal starting point to discover the skiing area’s. In Méribel you can find 150 km of groomed runs and 28 km of itineraries, 7 black, 23 red, 34 blue and 9 green runs, 2 Olympic runs, 2 slalom stadiums and 2 great snowparks. Méribel is the only resort in the world to offer 15 high capacity gondola lifts. In addition there are: 17 chair lifts (including one 8-seater and six 6-seaters), 13 drag lifts, 4children’s lifts and 1 magic carpets. 728 snow canons ensure snow cover on 48% of the ski area. In addition, the majority of the ski area is situated above 1800m, which guarantees excellent snow cover throughout the season from December to April.