Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Alpine Ski World Cup Speed Season Kicks off in Lake Louise

One month after the Opening Giant Slalom in Sölden, it’s time for the speed racers to start their World Cup season. As every year since 1994, the first speed events will be staged in beautiful Lake Louise, in the Canadian Rockies.
The men will be the first to race, with a Downhill scheduled on Saturday 28th November and a Super-G on Sunday 29th November.
After the men’s week, the ladies’ will take over the hill on the following week. Two Downhills and a Super-G will be staged in Lake Louise on 4-6 December.

The entered athletes will have three chances to test the course before the race days, as three official trainings will be held from Wednesday to Friday. 
Norway will definitively be the "nation-to-watch" with last year's speed king Kjetil Jansrud, in addition to Aksel Lund Svindal, coming back from injury. Together, these two have earned three Downhill and five Super-G globes, and we know they feel comfortable in Lake Louise since they both won here in both disciplines (Jansrud 2x and Svindal 6x).
But eyes will also be on Austria’s Hannes Reichelt and Matthias Mayer, who ended in the Top 5 of both speed standings last year. Not to forget the local team Canada, who has potential winners within its athletes: Manuel Osbourne Paradis (second in Lake Louise’s Downhill) will be eager to claim top spots on this year’s podiums and who knows what Downhill World Champion 2011 Erik Guay, who just came back from injury, is capable of in front of his home crowd.
Furthermore, Guillermo Fayed from France (third in last season’s Downhill ranking and second in last year’s Lake Louise Downhill) and Dominique Paris from Italy (second in last season’s Super-G ranking and Lake Louise’s Downhill winner 2013) are definitively to be considered for top spots on the podium.

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 28th Downhill / Men (11.30 local time, 19.30 CET)
November 29th Super G / Men (11.00 local time, 19.00 CET)

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 4th Downhill / Ladies (12.45 local time, 20.45 CET)
December 5th Downhill / Ladies (12.45 local time, 20.45 CET)
December 6th Super G / Ladies (11.00 local time, 19.00 CET)

Lake Louise, amongst the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park is the only ski resort in the World Cup outside of Europe to join the ranks of the famous Club 5 Ski Classics.
The Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup is one of the select few that hold both the men’s and ladies speed events on the World Cup circuit and will play host to the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill and super-G races of the season. This is the only event of its kind in Canada and is broadcast to a global audience in excess of 184 million.
The Lake Louise Ski Area will host the 2015 Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup. Located in Alberta, Canada, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. With abundant natural snow (average snowfall 454 cm), backed up by Canada's largest snowmaking system (40% of the marked runs), Louise guarantees skiing from early November to mid May. 139 runs (25% Beginner, 45% Intermediate, 30% Advanced) and a vertical drop of 991 metres, Lake Louise offer a wide opportunities for skiers from perfectly groomed beginner runs to double black diamonds rated "the best super steeps in the country" (Ski Canada Magazine). The Canadian Ski resort is one of the best options to enjoy magnificent scenery and stunning panoramas.
Lake Louise is situated in one of the most picturesque spots of the entire calendar, deep in the Canadian Rockies submerged in a nature reserve on the edge of a pristine Lake that is surrounded by the local glaciers. Views are spectacular both in winter, when the Lake freezes over and in summer, when the local nature blossoms.
With 4200 rideable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest winter sport areas in North America.
The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ride together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair.
Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls in some of the Rockies' most challenging terrain.

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