Saturday, October 15, 2016

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. The traditional Ladies' and Men's Giant Slalom are confirmed on 22nd and 23rd October on the Rettenbach Glacier
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 21st time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
On 14th October, day of the official snow control, the situation was pretty clear: the conditions for the World Cup Opening in the following week are excellent. "The slope preparation is already so perfect, that we could race this week-end! It's better than it has been in the past 10 years", said FIS Race Director Markus Mayr. Together with Rupert Steger (OeSV), Rainer Gstrein (Chief of Race) and Isidor Grüner (Chief of Course), the decision was easy to make, especially as the snow making system and the snow depot could be completed with some fresh snow. The green light for the ladies race on 22nd and the men's race on 23rd could be given without any doubts.
The event will also kick off the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the FIS Ski World Cup. The exclusive presence of Heinrich Messner, winner of the first World Cup race in Berechtesgaden, will be one of the highlights of the races in Sölden.

Programme:

22.10.2016 Women's Giant Slalom
23.10.2016 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

10:00 am: 1st run
13:00 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.

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