Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Val d'Isère to host Ladies' Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup

FIS Ladies' World Cup continues on Val d'Isere with a Super G event rescheduled after last weekend’s weather cancelation in St. Moritz. On Saturday the Downhill will take place . On Sunday the Super-combined will take place on the women’s traditional course at Val d’Isere – the Piste Oreiller-Killy. Organized by the "Club des Sports" of Val d’Isère, the "Critérium de la Première Neige" is one of the most established World Cup "Classics" on the international
ski circuit. Since December 1968, the legendary French resort located in the Haute- Tarentaise area is welcoming what the veterans in the old days used to call the "White Circus"– when there were not more than ten main stages organized in Central Europe or North America!. At that time, the "Critérium" was the first top-event planned so early in the winter season – a month prior the most established stops on the international FIS circuit as Adelboden, Wengen, Kitzbühel or Megève. Nowadays, the "Critérium" still opens the season of the alpine "Classic" after the first races at Soelden, Levi and North America.
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.
Val d'Isère became a ski resort in 1934. At the time one could only ski on the "Front de Neige" area as it would take a whole day and a pair of seal skins to reach the top of Solaise. The pioneer ski school was created two years later. The first cable car, Solaise, was inaugurated in 1942. From then on, Val d'Isère expanded rapidly and the "Critérium de la Première Neige", created in 1955, gave it international renown as a "sporting resort". The local Sports Club is proud to be the most titled ski club in the world. Henri Oreiller, Firmin Mattis, Jean-Claude Killy, Christine Goitschel and Marielle Goitschel, Patrice Bianchi, Mathieu Bozzetto, Ingrid Jacquemod, Audrey Peltier have between them brought home 10 Olympic medals and 22 World Cup Skiing medals.

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