Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2013-2014 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. Levi is ready to stage its 14th and 15th World Cup races since the first (Ladies') race was held on 28th February 2004.
One of the biggest milestones was reached in 2006, when the event adopted its current form as an annual opening races in both the ladies and men’s slalom seasons.
In the Year of 2012 The Regional Council of Lapland awarded World Cup Levi event for its’ annual nomination for Regional Developer. The award was a great honour for the event and the recognition of creating the attractive World Cup Levi brand and promoting significantly the international visibility of Lapland.
Levi, located about 170 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level. There are some 50 ski slopes in Levi and the skiing and snowboarding season is particularly long, typically lasting from mid-October to the beginning of June. Levi has been chosen the best domestic skiing resort in Finland several times.
Levi is the market leader and pioneer in Finland in Ski Resorts. In the area there are 24 000 beds, which makes possible 2,5 million overnights/year with 650 000 visitors/year.
Beside the 43 slopes and 28 ski lifts there are 230 km's cross-country tracks and 880 km's snowmobiling routes.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend, when the Ladies compete on Saturday November 16th and the Men on Sunday November 17th and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the race course has the steepness of 52 %.
Levi is Father Christmas's official fell and ski centre. Since last year a new attraction for audience is a Christmas market. The market is organized by a local tourism project. Near ZeroPoint in the center of Levi about 20 small cottages with different colors have been built. They will be lit and decorated in the Christmas style. Local companies will be selling their products, with traditional Lapland and Finnish Christmas themes. German style Glühwein and warm cider as well tasting samples of the products are offered.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 16th and 17th November with the following program:
Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 16.11.2013, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 17.11.2013, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
27 nations announced they would be sending a total of 170 athletes the event.
FIS Race Director Hans Pieren confirmed the event during last week official FIS snow control inspection.
"The circumstances on Levi's race course are so good this year that the confirmation of the races is just a formality. The Organizing Committee and the snowmakers have worked very well", he said.
The entire racecourse is covered in over on meter of snow and the weather forecast also looks good for the upcoming weeks.
"The race arrangement at Levi have proceed very well and the next week's forecast promises that we are going to have great race weekend at Levi", Pieren added.