Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts Next Weekend in Sölden


Next weekend (28-29 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 28th and 29th 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 22nd time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
On Thursday morning, the official snow control took place in Sölden and the World Cup Opening could be confirmed by FIS race director Markus Mayr, chief of course Isidor Grüner and chief of race Rainer Gstrein. Thanks to the work of the cable car company and the fresh snow that covered the Rettenbach glacier in the past weeks, the snow conditions are excellent and everything is set to host the ladies’ and men’s giant slalom.
In less than seven days, the best giant slalom skiers will officially kick off the 2017/18 season and race for the first World Cup win of the season. Even though some big names will be missing on the start lists, especially from the home team Austria (Marcel Hirscher, Philippe Schörghofer, Anna Veith, Eva-Maria Brem, …), the competition promises to be very interesting with Tessa Worley and Mikaela Shiffrin eager to defend their titles (respectively GS and Overall globes) on the ladies’ side, and Alexis Pinturault and Ted Ligety carving for revenge after a difficult end of the season in 2017 on the men’s tour.

Programme:

28.10.2017 Women's Giant Slalom
29.10.2017 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.

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 through 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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