Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Val d'Isere's Face de Bellevarde

If last year the Val d'Isere men's races were marked by heavy snowfalls, changes in program; this year all everyone is talking about is ice. The famous Face de Bellevarde slope, which hosted the technical disciplines during the 2009 World Championships, proved to be as difficult and icy as they come in World Cup. The Organizing Committee was blessed with dry weather and cold temperatures in the weeks prior to the event, allowing them to prepare a fantastic and unbelievably icy slope for this weekend races. With a superb second run, where he held nothing back, Marcel Hirscher took home his first Giant Slalom victory of the season.
Hirscher moved up from the third place he was holding after the first run, finding his speed down the icy slope and avoiding any mistakes. His run earned him a victory while Thomas Fanara, who was tied with Hirscher after the first run finished second 0.76 seconds behind.
Stefan Luitz was the big surprise last year, when he finished second from bib 35, and this year he once again showed how this slope suits his style very well. Despite being less than a year out from a knee injury, he mastered both runs and finished third.

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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