Monday, October 17, 2011

The Alpine Ski World Cup starts next Weekend in Sölden

Next weekend (22-23 October) Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the ultimate FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 14th time in the Tyrolean ski resort.

Programme:
22.10.2011 Women's Giant Slalom
23.10.2010 Men's Giant Slalom


Starting times:
09:45 am: 1st run
12:45 pm: 2nd run

On Friday the FIS Forum Alpinum – the Information Session for Ski Journalists – will take place in the Freizeit Arena in Sölden. At 6:30 pm, the Krone World Cup Party will be held in the Postplatz square in Sölden village center.
Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November trough May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.
Markus Mayr, the FIS Race Director in charge of the ladies' technical events, has given green light for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Glacier Opening in Sölden. "The course is in probably the best condition it has ever been at this time of the year. We are very pleased with the preparation work by the Organizers", said Mayr. "So much so that the course will remain open for all nations to train there until Saturday and we will only begin the race preparations on Sunday. It is looking excellent for the season opening giant slalom races in Sölden on 22nd-23rd October".


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