Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nina Loeseth and Ramon Zenhäusern Wins Stockholm City Event

Hammarbybacken in Stockholm staged an exciting show today with the City Event. Nina Loeseth and Ramon Zenhäusern dealt with the intense rhythm the best and walk away with World Cup wins.
On the ladies’ side, tech specialist Nina Loeseth held on all the way through the eight heats, beating successively Katharina Truppe, Bernadette Schild, Frida Hansdotter and Wendy Holdener in the big final, to take her second career win. Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener took second place, two years after she won her first World Cup in the very same venue. In third place Petra Vhlova made the best out of her small final, winning against local Frida Hansdotter who took fourth place.
Ramon Zenhäusern used the momentum he built up in the last few races (4th in Wengen and 6th in Kitzbuehel) to ski to his maiden World Cup win. The two meter tall Swiss was able to use his tallness to his advantage and made his way into the big final beating successively Stefano Gross, Michael Matt, Linus Strasser and André Myhrer. The local hero André Myhrer, who won the last City Event in Oslo on New Year’s Eve and had four podiums in that discipline already, was very close to take another victory but couldn’t beat the “big man” of the day. In third place, last year’s winner Linus Strasser takes his third podium in as many participations in this discipline.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Petra Vlhova Wins Lenzerheide Slalom

The final ladies' slalom race before the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games seemed all but locked up by Mikaela Shiffrin, winner of the first run when she held more than a one-second lead at the final intermediate of the second run. Surprisingly, the American got kicked onto her heels on the last pitch in Lenzerheide, tried her best to recover through the final hairpin, but ultimately missed the fourth to last gate on the course.
Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, winner of the opening slalom race of the season in Levi, had been trying to repeat that performance all winter long and was rewarded for her attacking second run with the victory. Vlhova moved up five positions after her first-run finish in sixth to take the win 0.10 seconds ahead of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden. Crowd favorite Wendy Holdener, winner of the alpine combined race held on Friday, collected her second podium of the weekend in third.

Outstanding Victory for Marcel Hirscher in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The giant slalom was back on the World Cup Tour after a three weeks’ break and the specialists were eager to get back in race mode and offer a great show to the public of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
All three giants of the discipline were in the lead after the first run: Marcel Hirscher in pole position, ahead of Ted Ligety +0.63 and Alexis Pinturault +0.94. Together, these three shared 44 wins out of the 48 last giant slalom World Cup races, which means since February 2012!
With a solid second run, Ted Ligety made his comeback on the World Cup podium, grabbing today’s third place. Since his win in Sölden in 2015, the American had to fight with different back and knee injuries that prevented him to race at his best level. The timing of this podium placement is perfect for Ligety, who can now head to the Olympic Winter Games boosted with confident, as he is also the defending champion on the course in YongPyong.
In the second run, one of the young and wild giant slalom athletes was able to claim a first World Cup podium in career; it's Manuel Feller. The Austrian scored three Top 5 in this discipline this season and was knocking on the podium’s door with some very fast sections. Today the racer from Fieberbrunn proved that he can bring it down in giant slalom and adds another podium to his silver medal in slalom from the World Championships in St. Moritz 2017.
As constant as always, Marcel Hirscher charged the second run as well and was able to hold on to his lead to finish +1.57 ahead of his contenders. 7 wins out of 8 giant slalom races, 10 wins this season, 55 World Cup wins in his career, Marcel Hirscher keeps improving his statistics and is excited to head to the Olympic Winter Games after the City Event of Stockholm next Tuesday evening.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Tessa Worley Wins Lenzerheide Giant Slalom

Tessa Worley secured her first win of the 2017/18 season after finishing in second place three times earlier this winter. The Frenchwoman powered down a challenging giant slalom slope in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, capitalizing on a solid first-run lead to take the win ahead of Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg.
A steep upper pitch and difficult fallaways further down made the slope particularly tough for the world's best GS skiers. With 18 athletes failing to finish the first run and two more skiing out on the second, the whole field was in for a rough ride. Meta Hrovat of Slovenia, wearing bib 28, overcame the challenge to score her career-first podium finish in third. Her previous best result was eighth place earlier this season in Lienz, Austria.

Beat Feuz Wins Downhill in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the last stop on the men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour before the Olympics and the last downhill was held today on the Kandahar course. After Lake Louise and Wengen, Beat Feuz was able to claim a third win of the season, ahead of the duo Vincent Kriechmayr and Dominik Paris tied in second place.
The Swiss “Kugelblitz” was impressive on the fast and dark track of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where we earned two 3rd places in 2016 and 2017 already. Especially on the “Free Fall” section, one of the steepest of the World Cup with an approx. steepness of 90%, Beat Feuz was able to gain time and could carry his speed all the way to the finish. This third downhill win of the season allows the World Champion from Switzerland to sit in the lead of the discipline standings, 40 points ahead of his main contender Aksel Lund Svindal.
Two athletes were only +0.18 behind him, tied in second place. Austria’s Vincent Kriechmayr and South Tyrolean Dominik Paris. Kriechmayr is in a fantastic shape at the moment. His technically clean and smooth skiing allows him to be fast and brought him his first World Cup win earlier in the season in the super-g in Beaver Creek. Going into his first Olympic Games, the Carinthian is in the 6th place in the downhill standings and in the 3rd place in the super-g. Despite four DNF or DSQ, it is definitely his best season at the moment. Dominik Paris is coming back from a cold that prevented him to ski at his best level in Kitzbuehel. Even though he grabbed two medals at the Junior World Championships back in 2009 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, he never made it on the podium since and was eager to confirm his solid performance in the second training. The winner of this season’s Bormio downhill celebrated his 22nd career podium in the Bavarian venue.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Wendy Holdener Takes Victory in Lenzerheide Alpine Combined

Wendy Holdener of Switzerland, the defending alpine combined world champion, has been gunning for a victory all season with five podiums but no first place results until the tour rolled into Lenzerheide. In front of the Swiss crowd, Holdener claimed her first win of the 2017/18 winter with a blazing slalom run following a commendable finish in the super-G.
Holdener bested Marta Bassino by 1.55 seconds as the Italian, who has three GS podiums on her resume, secured her first ever alpine combined podium finish in second place. Ana Bucik of Slovenia, who finished the super-G in 30th and therefore started the slalom run first, held the Audi leader seat through the majority of the second run and moved up 27 positions. She ultimately finished the race just 0.01 seconds behind Bassino for her career-first World Cup podium.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins Night Slalom in Schladming

The big final of the so-called slalom month January traditionally takes place at the night race in Schladming. A fantastic show, under the floodlights, with over 40’000 cheering fans; a highlight for all slalom athletes.
On Sunday in Kitzbuehel, Henrik Krsitoffersen was able to beat Marcel Hirscher and end his winning streak in the last five slaloms. But the Austrian took the challenge and the dual at the highest level between these two “giants” of the slalom went on in Schaldming, with Marcel Hirscher taking the lead in the first leg, +0.20 ahead of Kristoffersen.
In his second run, Henrik Kristoffersen skied through snowballs thrown at him during his run without losing focus and finished with a strong +1.74 over the current leader Daniel Yue. However, this will not be enough to beat the master Marcel Hirscher. With this second place in Schladming, Kristoffseren takes an 8th consecutive podium in slalom this season.
Nothing could destabilize the race machine Marcel Hirscher today. With a slight margin from the first run, the Austrian knew he’ll have to attack and push all the way to the end. It was a wild ride, with some mistakes in the steep part, but nothing that cost too much time and prevents him from taking a ninth win this season, the sixth in slalom. Hirscher also equals the mark from legend Hermann Maier, in second of all time with 54 World Cup wins.
Both had won the Night Race before. Kristoffersen not less than three times (2014, 2016 and 2017) and Hirscher once in 2012 but he claimed his first World Champion title in Schladming in 2013. And both have been skiing on another level tonight again.
Daniel Yule confirmed his excellent shape this season with another podium. Only two days after his career first podium at the slalom in Kitzbuehel, the Swiss athlete proves that he is one of the best slalom skiers on this planet at the moment, repositioning himself in the fourth place of the slalom standings.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins World Cup Giant Slalom in Kronplatz

Viktoria Rebensburg had to sit out the races in Bad Kleinkirchheim and Cortina with a nasty virus, but she returned to the World Cup on Tuesday in Kronplatz, Italy, on a mission to win. The German skied the fastest second run to move from third place after run one into first place, narrowly edging out first-run winner Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway by 0.03 seconds. Federica Brignone, also suffering from illness in recent days, brought the crowd to its feet with a third-place finish.
With her victory, Rebensburg reclaimed the red leader bib in giant slalom that she held earlier in the season. Mowinckel, building on a series of career-best results, claimed her first podium finish in giant slalom after a third-place finish in super-G in Val d'Isere in December. She had never led a World Cup after the first run and was pleased to give Rebensburg serious chase. Brignone was also thrilled to move up from fifth place after the first run onto the podium, particularly after a hard series in Cortina where she could not start in Sunday's race.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins Kitzbühel Slalom

Marcel Hirscher is the measure of all things in slalom this season. Since Felix Neureuther’s victory in Levi, the six times Overall champion from Austria won all five slaloms of the calendar. His main contender Henrik Kristoffersen was never far behind though, earning six podiums out of six races this season. Today, after the first run, Kritsoffersen took the lead thanks to efficient skiing in the turny course on the Ganslernhang.
In the second run, the Norwegian could hold on to his lead despite a wild run, where he even passed his hand on his goggles to remove the snowflakes stuck on it. Kritstoffersen claimed his 15th slalom win, which allows him to surpass Benjamin Raich and Mario Matt and to equal Ivica Kostelic in 5th place of all time slalom wins.
The leader of all World Cup standings he is participating in Marcel Hirscher turned on the turbo in the second run, pushing hard to earn a 118 podium in career, 55th in slalom. 80 points added on the count for the Overall standings were enough to satisfy the Austrian champion, who already won the “goldene Gams” in Kitzbuehel in 2013 and 2017.
Daniel Yule was the surprise guest on the podium of today’s slalom. 4th after the first run +1.23 off the pace, the Swiss slalom specialist was able to make the jump on his first Top 3 in career. Yule established himself among the best slalom skiers during last season and could celebrate two 4th and one 5th place already this season. Today things aligned in Kitzbuehel and the 24 years old athlete could grab his first podium placement.

Lara Gut Wins Super-G in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Lara Gut raced to her career 24th World Cup victory today. Gut timed 1:14.78 down the Olympia delle Tofane course in Cortina d'Ampezzo. The slope is one of the most spectacular settings on the World Cup, surrounded by the jagged Dolomites and atop a gorgeous town.
Johanna Schnarf crossed the finished line 0.14 seconds behind. Joining them on the podium was Nicole Schmidhofer 0.27 seconds back of the winner.
Lara Gut of Switzerland won the final ladies' super-G race prior to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, marking her first victory since returning from a season-ending knee injury last winter. From a lowered start due to overnight snowfall on the upper part of the mountain, Gut charged for the win despite a technical course set and flat light on the slope.
She was joined on the podium by Johanna "Hanna" Schnarf of Italy whose only previous World Cup podium finish was in downhill eight years ago. Although Schnarf has collected a number of top-10 finishes in recent years across both downhill and super-G, she produced a run worthy of a return to the podium at the race not far from her home.
Nicole "Nici" Schmidhofer of Austria, the reigning world champion in super-G, rounded out the podium in third for her second top-three appearance in the Olympic season.
The jury together with the organizing committee made the decision to terminate the race after 44 skiers had started due to poor visibility in a technical section with a compression that was the site of two crashes. Nadine Fest of Austria and Laura Pirovano of Italy were both evacuated from the slope via rescue sled after crashing into the safety netting. They are being evaluated for possible lower body injuries.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Thomas Dressen Wins Hahnenkamm Downhill

The scenario of today's downhill in Kitzbuehel couldn't get much more thrilling, as Thomas Dressen takes a first career win and writes German skiing history.
The Streif in Kitzbuehel is indubitably one of the most tough and challenging course on the World Cup Tour and usually, experienced athletes top this spectacular race: Dominik Paris, Peter Fill, Kjetil Jansrud, Hannes Reichelt, Didier Cuche and Didier Defago are the athletes who could put their name on the winning list in the past years. But today, one of the younger guys on the start list made it to the top of the podium.
Thomas Dressen, 24 years old, from Germany. The younggun was in the spotlight earlier this season, as he reached his first World Cup podium in the downhill in Beaver Creek. Lacking experience on the Streif, Dressen watched the runs of the athletes who raced before him and was quickly able to analyse it and adapt his own race line. On his only third season on the World Cup Tour, he even made it to the current third place in the downhill standings, directly behind Aksel Lund Svindal and Beat Feuz, and one point ahead of Kjetil Jansrud.
The “Kugelblitz” from Switzerland had a bad experience in Kitzbuehel last year, as he crashed into the nets on Hausberg with the fastest split times and maybe the winning run under his skis. But his comeback on the toughest downhill on Tour was definitely a successful one, as Beat Feuz finishes second of the 2018 edition, as in 2016. After winning the downhills in Lake Louise and Wengen, the Swiss athlete, who started with bib 7, was hoping for the legendary double “Wengen-Kitzbuehel” and was sitting in the leaderbox for quite a while before Thomas Dressen came down. But in the end, the joy of being on the podium in Kitzbuehel, for the 4th time in his career (also 3rd in the super-g in 2017 and 2nd in the combined in 2012) is one of the best rewards you can get in alpine skiing.
Hannes Reichelt already had the honor of winning Kitzbuehel in front of his home crowd. It was in 2014, he had to undergo surgery on his back in the following days. The 37 years old Austrian found his pace in downhill since his 5th place in Bormio, followed by a 4th place in Wengen and he can finally claim his first podium of the season in his home country; also celebrating his 44 career podium.

Lindsey Vonn Claims 40th Career Downhill Victory in Cortina

Lindsey Vonn became the oldest female World Cup downhill winner on Saturday in Cortina d'Ampezzo as she claimed her 40th downhill and 79th career World Cup victory. Cleanly executing her plan from the training runs, Vonn bested Liechtenstein's Tina Weirather by just shy of a second. Jackie Wiles of the U.S. utilized Vonn's radio report and skied a daring run on the edge of control to collect her second career podium in third.
An error during Friday's race likely cost Vonn the victory, but she rebounded strongly the following day at the Italian resort which she noted is her favorite place to ski. Her teammate Wiles had to rely on an acrobatic recovery during her run on Saturday, reminiscent of Vonn's save the previous day. Weirather, who was strong during training but struggled on Friday and finished 19th, collected her second downhill podium of the season and first since Lake Louise.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Aksel Lund Svindal Wins Kitzbühel Super-G

What a challenging day on the Streif. Hundreds of helpers were in action overnight on the race course to clear the wet snow that kept falling until late into the morning.
Quite early, the organizers made the decision to postpone the program and reschedule today's Super-g at 13:00. They also offeredr a unique version of the Hahnenkamm Super-g with the start moved up to Mausefalle and the finish line moved up to the Europa Cup start on Oberhausberg, like yesterday in the training run for the downhill.
After the logistical challenges were figured out, everyone went into the day with an open mind and the interesting course proved to be spectacular and the athletes put on their best performances until the higher-up finish line before changing skis and freeskiing down to the original finish area.
In this unusual Super-g day, Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal laid down the fastest time with 1:30:72. Despite two wins and three additional podiums in downhill, it's his first Top three finish in the Super-g this season. After 2016 and 2013, Svindal will collect his third "Goldene Gams" for as many wins on the Streif in Kitzbuehel.
Kjetil Jansrud, who already celebrated a win in Lake Louise and a second place in Beaver Creek in the Super-g this season, finished +0.50 behind his teammate. With this, he added to his lead in the discipline standings.
Downhill Olympic champion Matthias Mayer was not far behind, ranking third with +0.56. On year after his win in the Super-g in Kitzbuehel, he claimed his fourth podium at this race and his fourth podium this season.

Sofia GoggiaTakes Victory in Cortina Downhill

Italian Sofia Goggia took her first-ever home snow World Cup victory on Friday after skiing the fastest run on the Olympia delle Tofane in Cortina d'Ampezzo. Lindsey Vonn, who led both training runs heading into Friday, survived a near crash with the lead to finish in second place at 0.47 seconds off Goggia's pace. In her first Cortina downhill, Mikaela Shiffrin produced a clean and composed run to grab the final podium spot in third, 0.84 seconds from the win.
Flat light and higher speeds than in the training run created a challenge for the world's best skiers. At the beginning of the race, three of the first four starters failed to complete the course.

Julia Mancuso Says Goodbye to the Alpine Skiing Competition in Cortina

Julia Mancuso announced that she has made the difficult decision to end her career after 18 years on the World Cup and today we have attended in Cortina to the last descent in the Alpine Ski World Cup of "Super Jules".
Dressed as Superwoman with a red cape tied around her neck Julia had her last race, at the site of her first world cup podium: a super-G second-place finish in Cortina, Italy.
Until today Julia Mancuso held out hope that she would qualify for her fifth Olympic Winter Games but the pain from a degenerative right hip has proved too much.
"It has been an epic battle with my hip injury, and the past three years I have put everything into returning to competition at the highest level and the goal to reach my fifth Olympic Games. There have been really promising days during this challenging process, and I have kept my spirits up despite many who questioned or doubted me (...) Sadly, I haven’t found the progression to compete with the best in the world again, but I’m proud to have fought until the very end. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to ski racing, but I do so with a full heart", Mancuso said in a statement released by U.S. Ski & Snowboard.
In the 18 years since her first world cup race in 1999, Mancuso won more Olympic medals than any American woman in alpine skiing, with four -she won gold in giant slalom at the 2006 Turin Games, silver in downhill and combined at the 2010 Vancouver Games and bronze in combined at the 2014 Sochi Games-, and is tied with Lindsey Vonn for most global championship medals won by an American woman with nine. She has also stood on the world cup podium 36 times -7 times at the top of it- and started in 398 world cup races.
A talented multi-discipline skier, Mancuso won medals in Giant Slalom as well as the speed events of Downhill and Super-G. As evidence of her versatility, she earned two of her four Olympic medals in super combined.
"I really look forward to the next part of my skiing career, which will be exploring and adventuring through the mountains with my friends and hopefully do some more filming in the backcountry", Mancuso said. "I don't really look at it as ending a ski career. I just look at it as transitioning -- and I won't have to wake up quite as early, so that's nice".

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

78 International Hahnenkamm Race (Kitzbühel, Tirol, Austria)

The 78 International Hahnenkamm Race is one of the highlights of the ski racing season. From Friday 19th until Sunday 21st, January 2018 Kitzbühel will host three events of the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup: Super G, the famous Downhill on the Streif one of the most demanding runs of the FIS downhill calendar, and a Slalom. With a total prize money purse of 550,000 Euros and nearly 80,000 spectators expected during the weekend, the Hahnenkanmm races are by known as the most prestigious during the World Cup season. The Kitzbühel races are part of the Club 5+ Alpine Classics, a union of the leading alpine ski race organizers from all over the world. It was founded 1988 upon an idea of world cup founder and sports journalist Serge Lang. Charter members had been the “Five” downhill classic sites in the Alps”, Gardena/Gröden (ITA), Garmisch (GER), Kitzbühel (AUT), Wengen (SUI), Val d’Isere (FRA).Kitzbühel is one of Austria's best known and fanciest winter sports resorts. The city is situated along the river Kitzbühler Ache, and the car-free historic center is spectacular with cobbled streets and lovely medieval buildings.
The Kitzbühel Ski Paradise located at 800 meters above sea level, is conveniently embedded in the Kitzbüheler Horn, Bichlalm and Hahnenkamm mountain ranges offering 54 modern lifts, managed by the Bergbahn AG Kitzbüheland, serving 170 kilometres of ski runs (91 kilometres snow-covered) for all levels and abilities and 33 kilometres of signed ski routes.For 75 years, the annual Hahnenkamm race in Kitzbühel, Austria, has produced unforgettable triumphs and unspeakable tragedies, a heritage that is full of myths and legends. Nowhere else is skiing celebrated so intensely. The city, the nation, and the entire winter sports world go crazy for the battles that play out on the slopes, and the race down the Streif is the most anticipated event of all - the Superbowl of skiing.This thrilling feature documentary follows four athletes on their 12-month journey leading up to the most important ride of their career. Facing an adrenaline high and total loss of control. It gives rare insights into the minds of the athletes and their struggle between risk and reward.

Kitzbühel was selected as one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Alpine Ski Resorts by the CNN..

The Hahnenkamm-Race is one of the highlights of the annual ski-racing calendar.
It is considered to be one of the most challenging downhill slopes in the world; the Streif. The supreme discipline of the alpine ski is held on Mount Hahnenkamm, hot on the heels of the Lauberhorn Races in Wengen, Switzerland – another of the great alpine ski classics. The race first took place on today’s Streif course in 1937. Austrian, Thaddäus Schwabl, won the inaugural event in a time of 3:53.1 minutes. The reigning course record was set in 1997 by Fritz Strobl, who crossed the finishing line in an impressive 1:51.58 minutes
Over 40 TV stations cover the race and it is a priceless event that captivates even those who do not usually follow ski racing. Only the best win on the hardest Downhill in the world. The names of past winners read like a who’s who of ski racing, from Killy, Sailer, Schranz, and Collombin, to Klammer, Read, Zurbriggen, Heinzer, Aamodt, Strobl, Maier, Eberharter, Walchhofer, Rahlves and Cuche.
From the breathtaking start at 1665 metres (5465 feet) above sea level, racers plunge down the slope’s vertical drop of 860 m (2822 ft) at speeds up to 150 km/h (93mph), covering the 3312 metres (10,866 feet) of the course in less than two minutes before dramatically crossing the finish line in the spectator-packed finish area. Yet the Hahnenkamm-Races are more than simple statistics, and behind these numbers lies the greatest ski spectacle in the world. The Downhill on Kitzbühel’s almost impossibly difficult slope, the Streif, leaves one continually searching for superlatives that could adequately portray it. The simplest way to describe this drop down the most fearsome slope on the World Cup tour is simply: "The Race". What Wimbledon is for Tennis and Monaco is for Formula 1, "Kitz" is for ski racing.

Start: 1665 m.
Finish: 805 m.
Vertical drop: 860 m.
Course length: 3.312 m.
Gradient in average: 27%
Maximum gradient: 85 %
Maximum speed: 120-140 km/h

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

2018 UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup in Saas Fee, Switzerland

Next weekend, 19-20 January 2018, Saas-Fee will once again play host to the Ice Climbing World Cup. This year the famous week-long ice climbing event will be even more spectacular thanks to new climbing features.
The car-free alpine village of Saas Fee with its unique competition wall inside a circular car park at the edge of town is set against the spectacular backdrop of the towering Swiss Alps. It is also one of the oldest and liveliest stops on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup.
From next Saturday, ice-climbing freaks from across the globe will once again flock to Saas-Fee. A programme of action-packed sporting events and legendary ice-climbing parties in the multi-storey car park.
The ice climbing competitions in the park of Saas-Fee are an excellent opportunity national and international athletes and the lively atmosphere of the ice climbing scene to witness first hand! The competitions will take place in a special, unique location, so surely there is no more second time. The 10-storey car park in Saas-Fee, where the competitions can take place regardless of weather, with its roundabout provides a great backdrop audience.

The disciplines: Lead and Speed

In Lead climbing, competitors have to master a long, difficult and unfamiliar route in a given amount of time. Routes can be anything up to 35 meters in height. Besides the ice wall itself, climbers must contend with obstacles such as overhangs, hanging ice blocks and tricky rock sections. Ice climbers consider this discipline the ultimate challenge. The winner is the competitor who covers the greatest distance in the allotted time. One way of measuring this is by counting the number of carabiners that the climbers manage to clip the rope through.
As its name suggests, the competition’s second discipline is all about speed. As soon as the starting barrier falls, the competitors leap onto the 15-meter vertical wall of ice and scramble to the top at a breath-taking pace – just like Spiderman! Top athletes can complete the course in an incredible 13 seconds. Since 2012 this discipline is run in parallel.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Wins Wengen Slalom

On Sunday, the tech racers take over the hill in Wengen and race a slalom on the Jungfrau / Männlichen course. Despite a record holding biography, the Austrian star had never celebrated a win on this slalom hill in the past and was looking to get even.
With a +0.35 advantage over André Myhrer and +0.59 on slalom whiz Henrik Kristoffersen from the first run, Hirscher could charge the second run and ski to his 25th slalom win, claimed in 15 different resorts. This slalom win also makes it 5 in a row for Marcel Hirscher. Another record he hadn’t achieved before today. Marcel Hirscher is now one World Cup win shy of legend Hermann Maier in second place of all-time.
The Norwegian slalom globe winner of 2016 participated in his 100th World Cup race today, earning a total of 40 podiums, a pretty impressive quote that surpasses the number Marcel Hirscher had at that point in his career. However, Henrik Kristoffersen hopes for more wins, and not “only” podiums. Since the start of this season, he was on the podium at every race but wasn’t able to win yet. He becomes the first athlete to record more than five slalom podiums without a win.
In 3rd place, André Myhrer confirms his great shape and takes the fourth place of the discipline standings that he won in 2012. The Swede found his pace in the first run and was able to hold on to the podium also in the second run, to grab a 26th podium in career.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sofia Goggia Leads Italian Podium Sweep in Bad Kleinkirchheim

Sofia Goggia returned to her winning ways before hitting PyeongChang with a downhill victory at Bad Kleinkichheim on Sunday. Skiing down a shortened course using the super-G start due to fog on the upper mountain, Goggia was characteristically aggressive and risky, and the style paid off massively. She bested her teammates Federica Brignone (whose previous best downhill result was the 12th place) by 1.10 seconds and Nadia Fanchini (who suffered a season-ending injury almost exactly one year earlier) by 1.45 seconds, but the Italian trio still swept the podium.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Beat Feuz Wins the ‪Lauberhorn‬ ‪Downhill‬ in Wengen

Taking the win in front of your home crowd, on a legendary track, on a beautiful sunny day, is pretty much as good as it gets. Beat Feuz had the honor today in Wengen as he won the legendary Lauberhorn downhill ahead of Aksel Lund Svindal and Matthias Mayer.
Beat Feuz came down with bib number one and his run held up through a competitive field. Feuz had to sweat it out in the leader's box as one-by-one his competitors came close but could not top the Swiss speed star. He withstood his first major test with Svindal came down two racers later, dangerously close to spoiling the Feuz fairy tale, but ultimately finishing 0.18 seconds behind.
German Thomas Dressen also challenged two races later, but ultimately had to settle for fifth place nearly a second behind Feuz, the next scare for the home crowd with their red and white flags came when Austrian Matthias Mayer was in the hunt. Wearing bib 11, he was close to Feuz, but finished 0.67 behind, good enough for the final podium place on the day.
After Wengen suffered the after effects of a major storm early in the week, the legendary race recovered amazing well as there was no sign of the major wind damage from earlier in the week. thousands of fans flocked to the Berner Oberland resort and enjoyed beautiful blue skies and as a bonus a Swiss victory.

Federica Brignone Bad Kleinkirchheim Super-G

Federica Brignone of Italy was the surprise winner of the super-G in  on Saturday. After the ladies were prevented from skiing the bottom portion of the race slope during the week, the hill set up overnight and was in race-worthy condition for Saturday morning.
Lara Gut of Switzerland skied with precision from bib 7 to take the early lead despite catching her arm on the fourth to final gate and finishing her run with only a single pole. Brignone followed one skier later with a hard-charging run to take a 0.18-second lead over Gut. Austrian Conny Huetter, with bib 13, squeezed out her first super-G podium finish of the season at the resort that's only 20 minutes from her boyfriend's home.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Victor Muffat-Jeandet Wins Alpine Combined in Wengen

The Alpine combined from Wengen 2018 delivered three maiden winners: Victor Muffat-Jeandet took his first World Cup win, Pavel Trikhichev claimed his first podium and Peter Fill earned his first alpine combined globe.
In 2015 Victor Muffat-Jeandet finished in second place in Wengen Combined and earned his first ever World Cup podium. The Frenchman was 27th in the downhill but clocked the fastest slalom run of the day for an impressive climb in the rankings.
The day started early morning with a downhill run on the legendary Lauberhorn track in Wengen, ending with Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr leading the pack, +0.59 ahead of his teammate Hannes Reichelt. However, in the second run on one of the most challenging slalom hills of the tour, the speed specialists had a hard time to keep up and lost a lot of time on the fastest time set by Victor Muffat-Jeandet.
The Frenchman boosted his confidence last weekend in Adelboden, where he laid down the fastest time of the second slalom run. Thanks to an acceptable downhill run (27th, +2.55), the snow conditions were perfect for his slalom run and he was able to clock a time that wouldn’t be beaten by anyone after him. After five World Cup podium in giant slalom (3) and alpine combined (2) so far, Victor Muffat-Jeandet now claimed his first World Cup win.
Pavel Trinkhichev is a name that probably didn’t ring a bell to most ski fans until today. The 25 years old Russian athlete won the Far East Cup Overall ranking last season and participated in 61 World Cup races so far. His best results came in the tech disciplines with a 16th place in the Adelboden giant slalom last week. Just within the Top 30 in the downhill run (29th, +2.59) he could also benefit from excellent conditions on the slalom run and ski onto the podium for the first time in his career.
Among the speed athletes, Peter Fill is the one that could handle the slalom the best. He was able to zig zag between the gates and hold on to his lead from the downhill run (4th) to clinch the third spot on the podium. The 60 points he scored today, added to the 80 he was able to earn with his second place in Bormio, offer a third globe to the South Tyrolean. After two consecutive downhill globes in the last two seasons, Peter Fill will be awarded the alpine combined globe 2018 at the World Cup Finals in Are.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Lauberhorn Races (Wengen, Switzerland)

The 88th International Lauberhorn Races will take place next weekend in Wengen, Switzerland.
As part of the Men's Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup this is taking place from January 12th to 14th with three events, a Super Combination, a Downhill and a Slalom races. The International Lauberhorn races are part of the Club 5+ Alpine Classics, a union of the leading alpine ski race organizers from all over the world. It was founded 1988 upon an idea of world cup founder and sports journalist Serge Lang. Charter members had been the "Five" Downhill classic sites in the Alps: Gardena/Gröden (ITA), Garmisch (GER), Kitzbühel (AUT), Wengen (SUI), Val d’Isere (FRA). The 1st International Lauberhorn Race Wengen took place in 1930. On November 28, 1929, along with the co-founders of the Swiss Academic Ski Club (SAS) in Berne Ernst Gertsch signed the founding document of the Lauberhorn Race. After the pioneering years (from 1924), with this race, the wonderful story of Alpine ski racing really began to unfold. A story that is marked, to a large extent, by Arnold Lunn and Ernst Gertsch who guided it through many perils. It was a long, difficult and often bumpy road.
Wengen (1274 m) is a car-free resort located on a sheltered, sun-soaked terrace, 400 meters above the picturesque Lauterbrunnen Valley. The fantastic surrounding scenery is dominated by the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau massif. The holiday destination of Wengen is situated in the in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, 18 kilometers from Interlaken, the Lakes of Thun and Brienz, and close to the UNESCO World Heritage Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn. The Jungfrau Region Ski Paradise offers 45 lifts and 213 kilometers of pistes in three different ski areas: Grindelwald-First, Wengen (Kleine Scheidegg-Männlichen) and Mürren-Schilthorn, with its revolving Piz Gloria Restaurant, made world-famous by the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service offers 45 lifts and 213 kilometers of pistes.

Updated program

Friday, January 12th, 2018 
10:30/14:00 CET Men's Alpine Combined (Downhill and Slalom)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 

12:30 CET TBC Men's Downhill

Sunday, January 14th, 2018 

10:30/13:30 CET Men's Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins World Cup Slalom in Flachau

Mikaela Shiffrin won her 41st career World Cup title and her fifth victory in a row since the New Year under the lights in the Flachau slalom.
In front of a huge crowd with more than 10'000 cheering fans, 68 racers battled it out under the lights in difficult conditions for the sixth Slalom of the season. In the second position after the opening run, Mikaela Shiffrin didn't let anyone prevent her from earning her another Wolrd Cup victory. She finished in a combined time of 1:50.86 to edge out her nearest rivals Bernadette Schild and Frida Hansdotter both respectively +0.94 and 1.43 seconds off the pace.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Compagnie des Alpes To Acquire Travelfactory

Compagnie des Alpes announces today that it has reached an agreement regarding the acquisition of a 73% equity interest in Travelfactory, a specialist in vacation rentals and in the organization of group trips that leads the French market for online ski holiday sales. Thanks to this acquisition, Compagnie des Alpes will simultaneously complete its offering of mountain holidays and accommodation , gain access to younger clients, and reinforce both its expertise and digital footprint. Founded in 2000, Travelfactory gradually put its offer together through acquisitions in France and in Belgium. Today, that offer includes the Travelfactory brands Travelski (an online travel agency that specializes in ski holidays) and SimplytoSki (online rental of ski equipment and complementary services), as well as Golden Voyages and Ski-line, two travel agencies that specialize in selling ski holidays for students, targeting the French and Belgian markets, respectively.
Travelfactory's portfolio also features the online tour operator Locatour, which offers all kinds of stays throughout the year in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria and Andorra, including numerous camping vacations. Travelfactory also runs an extensive network of white label partnerships for sites such as Lastminute.com and Départ1825, as well as wholesale distribution to 1,000 works councils and 3,500 travel agencies. Travelfactory is an integrated player whose business activity spans the entire value chain, from accommodation sourcing to distribution. In the mountains, Travelfactory has a complete accommodation offering that will significantly strengthen that of Compagnie des Alpes. The offer can basically be broken down into tourist residences, apartments under management, and private apartments. Travelfactory has a network of 13 real estate agencies located in ski resorts in France and operating under the brand names Ski and Soleil and Alpesforyou. With this acquisition, Compagnie des Alpes more than doubles the number of lodging units it manages.
Commenting on this acquisition, Dominique Marcel, Chairman and CEO of Compagnie des Alpes, said: "We are delighted to acquire Travelfactory and welcome its teams to Compagnie des Alpes. The acquisition of Travelfactory will help us accelerate our development in the integrated distribution of ski holidays, which is in line with our ambition of being able to act directly on the resort occupancy rate. Travelfactory brings us very solid expertise in digital distribution, a stock of additional accommodation, and access to new and younger customers, like students, who are key to regenerate ski resort attendance. We aim at providing Travelfactory with the resources needed for speeding up its development, particularly in the European market. This is an opportunity for us to give the French ski community the means to gain market shares in a highly competitive European market, a move which will firstly benefit us". 
Yariv Abehsera, founding chairman of Travelfactory, noted that "Seeing Travelfactory join forces with Compagnie des Alpes is a real source of satisfaction because of the great fit between our two companies. This is a turning point in our history and a tremendous opportunity that was needed to continue growing as the leisure and vacation industry has jumped into the era of ‘zero disruption’ in the customer experience and a totally digital relationship. For me personally as well as for all of our employees, this is also a new and exciting challenge ahead of us as we will be sharing our skills and expertise in online holiday distribution with Compagnie des Alpes while fully retaining our identity".
With annual business volume of around 85 million euros, Travelfactory produces sales of around 35 million euros. TravelFactory employs 130 people.
Compagnie des Alpes is acquiring 73% of Travelfactory share capital, with the possibility of gradually acquiring the remaining 27% from Yariv Abehsera, founder and chairman of Travelfactory, over the next 4 years via a put/call option mechanism.

Since it was founded in 1989, Compagnie des Alpes has established itself as an uncontested leader in the leisure industry. At the helm of 11 of the world’s most prestigious ski resorts (Tignes, Val d’Isère, Les Arcs, La Plagne, Les Menuires, Les 2Alpes, Méribel, Serre-Chevalier, etc.) and13 renowned leisure destinations (Parc Astérix, Grévin, Walibi, Futuroscope, etc.), the company is steadily expanding in Europe (France, the Netherlands, Belgium, etc.) and, more recently, at the international level (Grévin Montréal in April 2013, Grévin Prague in May 2014, Grévin Seoul in July 2015 and engineering and management assistance contracts (Russia, Morocco, Japan)). CDA also owns stakes in 4 ski areas, including Chamonix. During the financial year ended September 30, 2017, CDA facilities welcomed nearly 23 million visitors and generated consolidated sales of €762.3 million. With nearly 5,000 employees, Compagnie des Alpes works with its partners to build projects that generate unique experiences, the opposite of a standardized concept. Exceptional leisure activities for everyone.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Marcel Hirscher Takes 4th Slalom Victory in a Row

Simply incredible. It’s hard to describe how dominant Marcel Hirscher is in the tech disciplines at the moment. For the first time, the six-time winner of the Overall World Cup earned four slalom races in a row. Another record for the man who has now claimed 52 World Cup wins, 25 in giant slalom and 24 in slalom. This slalom win is added to the six he already had under his belt this season, and increases his lead in all the three disciplines that he is participating in (giant slalom, slalom, overall).
Behind him, Michael Matt proved that he’s in an excellent shape, with three-second places in three races this year. After some struggles in the early season, the Austrian started the year with a second place in the City Event in Oslo, in the slalom in Zagreb and in today in Adelboden. These solid results bring him back to the third place of the discipline ranking.
Henrik Kristoffersen is skiing very well at the moment and is very constant. However, it’s been 8 podium placements but not a single win yet this season. Focusing more on the giant slalom, where he was able to make an important step forward, the Norwegian slalom globe winner from 2016 struggles to reach the very top in his favourite discipline this season. But the results are there, and Kristoffersen is happy with the second places he is sitting in on the World Cup standings.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

40th World Cup Victory for Mikaela Shiffrin in Kranjska Gora

Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her 40th career World Cup victory in the Kranjska Gora slalom on Sunday after charging down an icy slope and taking a commanding lead over the rest of the field. Her back-to-back wins in Slovenia were also commemorated with the 54th Golden Fox Trophy, the third of her career and thus one with diamond honors. It was the first diamond Golden Fox Trophy to be awarded since Anja Paerson raced in Maribor.
Frida Hansdotter picked up her third straight slalom podium result with a solid second-place finish. She's excited to head next to Flachau, Austria, the site of her last victory one year ago. With another passionate performance, Wendy Holdener also skied to her third straight slalom podium finish in third. After finishing the GS in fourth, Holdener secured the second-place award in the Golden Fox Trophy.
Her second straight fourth-place finish in the slalom was bittersweet, but Petra Vhlova landed in the third podium position for the Golden Fox Trophy after finishing ninth in the GS. The Slovakian recently announced that she is sponsoring 12 of the best junior skiers in Slovakia and providing them with a variety of race-specific equipment including speed suits, protection, poles, gloves, and backpacks. She hopes to continue to give back and promote the sport in her home country by offering support that was not available when she was a junior competitor.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora.

Mikaela Shiffrin claimed her third victory in a row since the new year with a win in the giant slalom of the 54th Golden Fox Trophy held at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, due to a lack of snow in Maribor. Despite suffering from an illness early in the day, the American opened up a large gap over the field on the first run and ultimately bested France's Tessa Worley by 0.31 seconds at the end of the day. Rain in the second run challenged visibility for the athletes, but the strongest prevailed on the slope traditionally used on the men's tour.
Italy's Sofia Goggia sat eighth after the first run but attacked the lower pitch on the second run to catapult onto the podium in third. Switzerland's Wendy Holdener skied to a career-best GS finish in fourth, and Audi hot seat favorite Estelle Alphand of Sweden skied the fastest second run to finish 10th from bib 30.

Marcel Hirscher Wins World Cup GS in Adelboden

It was a fight at the highest level on the Chuenisbärgli in Adelboden today for the 5th giant slalom of the season. Not less than 31’000 thousand spectators cheered for the 70 athletes at the start. With Marcel Hirscher, Henrik Kristoffersen and Alexis Pinturault, the three biggest names among the tech athletes managed to earn a podium today.
Marcel Hirscher is in an impressive shape at the moment. He won not less than six races this season and claimed 8 podium placements. In giant slalom, the statistic is even more imposing, as he won 8 out of the 10 last races in that discipline including the World Championships. His run was not flawless, as it is often the case on the challenging Chuenisbärgli, but it was enough for the champion to grab a 51st World Cup victory.
In the second position, for the 6th time this season, Henrik Kristoffersen found his way to the podium, despite a big mistake in the final pitch. The Norwegian made a big step in this discipline, becoming constant at a very high level. Today, he was only +0.17 away from a second career win in giant slalom. Kristoffersen currently places 2nd in all three cup standings he is in the giant slalom, the slalom, and the Overall. Always behind Marcel Hirscher.
The giant slalom season started with a win in front of his home crowd for Alexis Pinturault in Val d’Isère. If last year he could win the Adelboden race +0.04 ahead of Marcel Hirscher, this time he ranked behind the Austrian and Kristoffersen, in third place. The Frenchman moved up to the podium from his 5th place in the first run as he was the fastest in all the splits of the second run, but not enough for the win today.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

4th Crown for Marcel Hirscher in Zagreb

In front of 14000 cheering fans, Marcel Hirscher dominated the first slalom of the year in Zagreb/Sljeme and took home his third Snow Queen Trophy crown. It was his 3rd slalom win in a row and his 4th win in Zagreb The Austrian also equals Alberto Tomba in third place of all time with 50 World Cup victories.
The figures speak for themselves. What Marcel Hirscher is achieving at the moment is outstanding and with his strength, his skills on the snow and his confidence, it will be hard to stop him. Last time he won three successive slaloms were back in 2012/13, he is the only man with more than one victory in Zagreb, and with 50 wins, he equaled Alberto Tomba in third place of all time.
Even though they couldn’t prevent him from winning in the slalom in Zagreb today, two athletes were pretty close. First of all, Austrian Michael Matt could claim a fifth podium in his career. In the lead after the first run, Mario Matt’s little brother was able to fly over the ruts to limit his time loss in the second run and make the podium. With his second place in Oslo on the 1st January, it makes two second places within three days, and the next chance is coming up with another slalom in Adelboden on Sunday.
In third place, Henrik Kristoffersen had mixed feelings after his run. Even though he is happy about a third place, he couldn’t hide his disappointment due to his mistake on the flat part in the second run. Nevertheless, it’s a 7th podium placement for the Norwegian, who is now trailing Marcel Hirscher in second place in the Overall and slalom standings.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin Dominates Zagreb Slalom

Mikaela Shiffrin was in a league of her own today as she clocked the fastest time in Zagreb and won the race by an astonishing 1.59 seconds ahead of Wendy Holdener. In third place today came Frida Hansdotter by finishing 2.11 seconds behind the winner Shiffrin.
Mikaela Shiffrin has been almost unbeatable, winning the two last races and finishing second in Levi. Zagreb was no different; even though Shiffrin had a “heard breaking experience” on this slope last season (she did not finish the first run). Her confidence is so big at the moment, which allows her to ski very aggressive and faster than everyone else. She just recorded a 28th slalom win, continuing a winning strike of 23 podiums in 24 participations in that discipline.Switzerland's slalom whiz Wendy Holdener finished the slalom in Zagreb on the second place, +1.59 behind Shiffrin. The alpine combined World Champion is in a great shape and skis at a very high level, earning her fourth podium this season. Her best result in Zagreb so far was the 15th position in back in 2013.
Frida Hansdotter rounded out the podium, +2.11 off the pace of the Snow Queen. She has been pretty constant in slalom this season, her worst result being a 5th place in Levi, claiming the 4th spot of the discipline standings. The Swede had claimed a podium in Zagreb before (2nd in 2013) but wasn’t able to wear the crown yet.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Mikaela Shiffrin and Andre Myhrer Wins Oslo City Event

The first ever City Event in Oslo took place today on the legendary Holmenkollen ski jumping hill.
Mikaela Shiffrin wins first Alpine Ski World Cup competition of 2018 in Oslo City Event and confirms on top of Overall Leaderboard. Wendy Holdener surrends in Big Final, while her Swiss compatriot Melanie Meillard rounds out the podium in third place.
On the Men's side, Andre Myhrer conquers maiden victory of the season in Oslo City Event. Swedish skier outduels Michael Matt (Austria) in Big Final to top podium. Third place for Linus Strasser from Germany.