Monday, November 10, 2014

Levi Ready To Host Slalom World Cup Opening


The official snow control for the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Slalom Opening at Levi (FIN) took place last Thursday. FIS Chief Race Director World Cup Men Markus Waldner was pleased with the snow conditions on the race course and the the competitions were confirmed as scheduled on 15th-16th November.
"We are very happy that winter has arrived in time for the Organizing Committee in Levi to finalize the preparation of the race slope in time for the snow inspection. We are pleased to be able to confirm without hesitation, the two slalom races on the Levi Black on the 15th and 16th of November. The conditions are great, it’s nice and cold and we are looking forward to an exciting opening of the slalom season" announced Waldner.
Thanks to the course crew's good work and efficient snow-making system the snow has been produced to the race course in record time.
"We have enough snow in the course. Snowmaking and other operations has been made in record time and some even ahead of time. Cold time after the mid October allowed good conditions for snowmaking. Staff has done a great work. In addition the last investments in our snowmaking system is shown", commented Petri Tuomikoski the Chief of Race.
Due to the good snow situation, some teams have already arrived at Levi. At the moment besides the Finnish team, teams Norway, Germany and Croatia have started their trainings. The Swedish team will start on Thursday.
"The teams have advanced their arrivals so our goal is to open the training area at the Frontslope as soon as possible, latest on the weekend", continues Tuomikoski.
Norwegian Henrik Kristoferssen was pleased with the condition of the race course. "We had our first trainings today. The race is in a good condition; there sure is enough snow. It's still a bit icy so it's aggressive but over all it's in a really good condition (...) Last year I took my first podium place here at Levi so this race is a big deal for me. I'm looking forward the competition. I'm feeling pretty ok. Off course I still have some work to do and need couple days to get the rhythm but it's looking good".

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2014-2015 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend. Levi is ready to stage its 15th and 16th World Cup races since the first (Ladies') race was held on 28th February 2004.

The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 16th and 17th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 15.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 16.11.2014, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC - 10:00/13:00 CET

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