Monday, March 25, 2019

Ski Men. Winning Run Wadeck Gorak. Freeride World Tour 2019. Xtreme Verbier

Wadeck Gorak (FRA- 1stPlace) wowed the judges with an impressive line on his first time on the Bec. Wadeck cruised down the central couloir before hurling himself off the daunting Hollywood cliff. Showing us his control he linked this into another big cliff and a massive backflip to finish and claim his maiden FWT victory.

Snowboard Men. Winning Run Jonathan Penfield. Freeride World Tour 2019. Xtreme Verbier

Jonathan Penfield (USA- 1st Place) set the category on fire with a dazzling show of big mountain snowboarding. The first rider out of the gates he linked together a series of huge airs including a backside 360. Entering more exposure he calmly sent his way over another cliff and capitalized on his fluidity score.

Snowboard Women. Winning Run Marion Haerty. Freeride World Tour 2019. Xtreme Verbier

Marion Haerty (FRA) put down the run of her life including a massive 360 and a technical double drop to add a record fourth win to the season. With the 2019 FWT Title already secured she came here hungry to take home the Verbier crown. What an extraordinary season with an unprecedented ‘perfect’ 4 wins, including a victory here at the iconic Bec des Rosses, and adding a second FWT title to her 2017 crown.

Ski Women. Winning Run Elisabeth Gerritzen. Freeride World Tour 2019. Xtreme Verbier

Hometown hero Elisabeth Gerritzen (SUI) delivered the goods today showing us her control and style in big, exposed terrain. Fearlessly sending her first cliff deep she managed to hold her line and link it into a huge mandatory air. The excitement didn’t finish there with Elisabeth stomping another huge air and straight-lining it home all the way to victory.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Freeride World Tour Champions Crowned at the Xtreme Verbier

The world’s best Freeriders went huge on Verbier’s mighty Bec des Rosses, leaving nothing on the line.

Ski Men

Wadeck Gorak (FRA- 1stPlace) wowed the judges with an impressive line on his first time on the Bec. Wadeck cruised down the central couloir before hurling himself off the daunting Hollywood cliff. Showing us his control he linked this into another big cliff and a massive backflip to finish and claim his maiden FWT victory. 2017 FWT champion Leo Slemett (FRA- 2nd Place) stomped a huge cliff in a new exposed zone before showing off his freestyle elements by linking a tight 360 and a technical backflip. Leo finishing the season strong, adding this second place to a first at Ordino Arcalís. Kristofer Turdell (SWE- 3rd Place) blazed through the opening section, ignoring the exposure below before launching off Hollywood. He continued his pace with one of the fastest runs of the day, adding two more deep airs at high speed. A true show of critical big mountain skiing. Markus Eder (ITA- 6th Place) took home the 2019 FWT Title in his category, with style, opening up a new creative line with a 360 and huge backflip.


Ski Women

Hometown hero Elisabeth Gerritzen (SUI- 1st Place) delivered the goods today showing us her control and style in big, exposed terrain. Fearlessly sending her first cliff deep she managed to hold her line and link it into a huge mandatory air. The excitement didn’t finish there with Elisabeth stomping another huge air and straight-lining it home all the way to victory. Arianna Tricomi (ITA- 2nd Place) claimed her second consecutive FWT World Title with an exciting second-place run on the Bec. Taking a different approach on the face she linked together some technical features with smooth, stylish skiing. Hazel Josie Birnbaum (USA- 3rdPlace) threw down a memorable line for her last run on the FWT. Storming into her line she then sent the compulsory air from higher up and stomped the landing. The veteran will be missed on tour, but what a way to finish her FWT career.


Snowboard Men

Jonathan Penfield (USA- 1st Place) set the category on fire with a dazzling show of big mountain snowboarding. The first rider out of the gates he linked together a series of huge airs including a backside 360. Entering more exposure he calmly sent his way over another cliff and capitalized on his fluidity score. Three-time FWT champion Sammy Luebke (USA- 2nd Place) showed us why he is still one of the best freeriders around throwing down a huge line on the Bec. Starting with a massive air in a steep and technical zone he followed it up with a smooth 360 and yet another big air. Victor De Le Rue (FRA- 3rd Place) claimed his maiden FWT victory in his rookie year. Following in the footsteps of his older brother, Xavier, Victor impressed the judges with a mix of big airs and fluid snowboarding including a massive 360.


Snowboard Women

Marion Haerty (FRA- 1st Place) put down the run of her life including a massive 360 and a technical double drop to add a record fourth win to the season. With the 2019 FWT Title already secured she came here hungry to take home the Verbier crown. What an extraordinary season with an unprecedented ‘perfect’ 4 wins, including a victory here at the iconic Bec des Rosses, and adding a second FWT title to her 2017 crown. Anna Orlova (RUS- 2ndPlace) stomped her way down the Bec to secure second place, sending all the cliffs with fluidity and style. Last years world champion Manuela Mandl (AUT- 3rd Place) continued pushing the limits and put down a fast, technical run making the most of all the features.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Freeride World Champions To Be Crowned in Verbier, Switzerland

The Freeride World Tour 2019 Final will be held in Verbier, at the Xtreme Verbier on the Bec Des Rosses venue on Saturday, March 23rd for the 24th edition.
Three world title races and the most prestigious winners circle in competitive freeride is on the mind of every athlete who qualified for the Xtreme Verbier earlier this month in Ordino Arcalis Andorra.
The world’s best prepare to descend Verbier’s legendary Bec des Rosses in what is sure to be an epic Grand Finale. While Marion Haerty’s (FRA) win in Andorra clinched her world title campaign, three FWT19 champion crowns remain up for grabs.



The Freeride World Tour (FWT) is the premier big mountain freeskiing and snowboarding tour in the world, featuring the sport’s top athletes competing in the world’s best mountain resorts. Created in 2008, the FWT became even more global in 2012 following the union of North American-based Freeskiing World Tour, The North Face Masters of Snowboarding, and the European-based Swatch Freeride World Tour. Besides the successful implementation of this truly global FWT, the increase of Freeride World Qualifier (FWQ) and Junior Freeride Tour events in recent years show that the base of the sport is growing exponentially.
The FWT represents top-level big mountain riding, the most progressive and pure discipline of skiing and snowboarding. Riders use the entire mountain as their canvas, from cliffs, cornices, and chutes to powder fields and trees. FWT events have invitation-only athlete rosters but the full FWQ series allows athletes to compete in 1 to 4-star level events and qualify for the FWT the following season. All FWT competition venues are handpicked for their terrain, as well as their steepness, and offer a wide range of options to those competing.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Wrap Up of the Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals


The Finals held at Soldeu El Tarter (Andorra) ended on Sunday with the Men's Slalom and the Ladies' Giant Slalom on the slope Avet in Soldeu, with 6,000 spectators watching from the stands, the finish line, the sides of the field and the terraces of the hotels.
After seven intense days of training and races on the Àliga piste in El Tarter and the Avet piste in Soldeu, side events and ceremonies, now is time to take a look back at the FIS Ski World Cup Finals Andorra 2019.
The resort received the praise of the International Ski Federation (FIS), the technical teams and the skiers who took part in the events, as explained by David Hidalgo, Director of Grandvalira-Ensisa.
Sarah Lewis, Secretary General of the FIS describes the Soldeu El Tarter Finals as "excellent".
During the last technical meeting regarding the courses set by the FIS this season, and in front of the teams, organisers and all of those who have made this World Cup possible, Lewis thanked the Organising Committee for making "these Finals the best possible event" and for "the great publicity" that the country has given Alpine skiing.
The World Cup director for the Men’s races, Markus Waldner, said to the organization committee that "You can be proud of what you've achieved here"; what we’ve seen over these last seven days "is exceptional". They particularly highlighted the passion and the hospitality shown by the Andorran people throughout the week, giving the volunteers a special mention.
Andorra has projected to the world an image of "seriousness, efficiency and professionalism" that will allow it to continue aspiring to new challenges in terms of organizing winter events, added the Director of the Organising Committee, Conrad Blanch.

After the two World Cup trials in 2012 and 2016, the Finals bordered on perfection. The weather was unbeatable, with sunshine and mild temperatures, but with excellent piste conditions, at the very top level, demonstrating that a World Cup venue can count on "winter conditions and spring weather", according to the athletes themselves.
All this was made possible thanks to the preparatory work done by the resort's staff (up to 130 people worked to make the event possible, including pisters, machinists, avalanche blasters, netting teams, patrol teams, human resources, and quality teams). Not to forget the help of around 350 volunteers, who did the work of "3,500" people", according to Hidalgo.
Another highly praised aspect was the service offered by the Hospitality Teams at the racer care centers.
In sports, 228 runners from 19 countries, both male and female, competed for the four disciplines (Giant Slalom, Slalom, Super-G and Downhill), plus the Alpine Team Event.
The race director, Jordi Pujol, highlighted the hours of machines and months of hard work from the team in order to prepare the two slopes, and the fact that, despite the high temperatures and absence of snowfall in the last weeks, the snow has held up and all safety conditions have been guaranteed.
Throughout the week, record numbers have come to see the events, with around 25,000 people there to cheer on the riders on the slopes, and up to 6,000 in a single day during the weekend. In fact, the organization of the Finals has seen an unprecedented number of people involved, with the total reaching almost 2,500 people taking part in the organization, staffing, volunteers, logistics teams, media (with 440 accredited media professionals) and sportspersons. As for attracting visitors, during the weekend, hotel occupation in some points of the country reached 90%. Up to 27 hotels in the country have been involved in the event.
In addition, more than 40 trips have been made between the airport of Barcelona and Andorra, and the free internal transport service has proved a success in getting spectators up to the slopes.

To sum up, as The Director General of the Finals Organising Committee, Conrad Blanch highlighted, these Finals have represented Andorra’s "graduation" in hosting events of this scale, within the scope of organization, facilities, and services.

Saas-Fee Joins the Magic Pass


From the 2019-2020 winter season, the Saas-Fee and Saas-Almagell ski resorts will be included in the Magic Pass. The previous "knock-out deal" with the WinterCARD will end at the end of the 2018/19 season.
For the next season, you can buy The Magic Pass, a ski pass that gives you unlimited access to the cable cars in more than 30 ski resorts with 1,200 km of pistes, 15 snow parks, 100 mountain restaurants and breathtaking panoramas in the cantons of Berne, Valais, Fribourg, Vaud and Neuchâtel in Switzerland.
The Magic Pass is an annual pass valid from the opening of lift services in May until the end of the following winter season that allows unlimited and unrestricted access to the entirety of lift infrastructure at partner resorts.

Ski Resorts:
  1. Anzère
  2. Bugnenets-Savagnières
  3. Crans-Montana
  4. Crêt-du-Puy
  5. Diablerets
  6. Espace Dent-Blanche (Arolla)
  7. Espace Dent-Blanche (Evolène)
  8. Espace Dent-Blanche (La Forclaz)
  9. Glacier 3000
  10. Grimentz-Zinal
  11. Jaun
  12. La Berra
  13. La Lécherette
  14. Les Marécottes
  15. Les Mosses
  16. Les Paccots
  17. Les Pléiades
  18. Les Rochers - de - Naye
  19. Leukerbad
  20. Leysin
  21. Mayens de Conthey
  22. Moléson
  23. Nax - Mt-Noble
  24. Ovronnaz
  25. Prés-d'Orvin
  26. Rathvel
  27. Saas-Fee / Saas-Almagell
  28. Schwarzsee
  29. St-Luc / Chandolin
  30. Tramelan
  31. Vallée de Joux
  32. Vercorin
  33. Villars-Gryon

You can get the Magic Pass at the special price of CHF 399. until 12 noon on 8 April 2019.
The Magic Pass will be available since March 13, 2019, directly via magicpass.ch.
For an additional fee of 200 CHF, Magic Pass also allows access to all of the Glacier 3000 lifts from 9 November 2019.
Magic Pass also offers 2 insurance options for an additional fee:
The basic Pass insurance reimburses the cost of your pass if you have an accident and are unable to ski for the rest of the season. The full Pass + Rescue insurance offers the added benefit of reimbursing the costs of any rescue services in the case you have an accident while skiing at a partner resort.
Length of validity 2019/2020 - 11 May 2019 to 3 May 2020.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Clement Noel Wins Last World Cup Slalom in Soldeu

The races at the World Cup Finals in Grandvalira Soldeu El Tarter went into the last round and the victory goes in the Slalom Race to Clement Noel of France.
The French rising star finished a strong slalom season, winning today's race by 0.18 over Manuel Feller. Switzerland’s Daniel Yule finished third, 0.83 seconds back from Noel’s combined time of 1:48.96. Their collective finishes brought them to a draw in the slalom points, both finishing the season with 551 total World Cup points. Given Noel’s final win, the Frenchman finished second in the overall standings, Yule finished third.

Mikaela Shiffrin Closes the World Cup Season with a New Victory

Mikaela Shiffrin finished the most successful World Cup season in history on Sunday at Grandvalira Soldeu - El Tarter (AND) by claiming her 60th career victory in the ladies' slalom. She completed the 2018/19 winter by collecting her third consecutive Overall Crystal Globe, sixth slalom globe, first super-G globe, and first giant slalom globe.
Despite having the GS globe secured by a guaranteed second or third-place finish by Petra Vlhova, Shiffrin still skied the second run with full intensity and was able to pick up her 17th win of the season. She was followed on the podium in second place by World Junior Champion Alice Robinson of New Zealand. The 17-year-old was sitting second after the first run and held her position with a head-turning performance to finish 0.30 seconds behind Shiffrin. Petra Vlhova finished third in the race and second in the GS World Cup standings. Tessa Worley of France was fourth in the race and completed the standings podium in third.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Race and Grabs the Slalom Crystal Globe


Mikaela Shiffrin had already secured the crystal Globe of the Slalom discipline, but she wanted to continue enlarging her legend with the Avet track as the stage. He has managed to climb to the top of the podium of the race and thus add his victory number 59 in the World Cup. Only this season he has achieved 16 victories. Shiffrin picked up her 40th World Cup victory in the discipline. The result matches her with Ingemar Stenmark for the most World Cup slalom wins of all-time.
The second position of the race this Saturday was for Wendy Holdener, who had set the best time in the first run with a perfect descent, but in the second has not been able to hold the rhythm of the North American. The victory in favor of Shiffrin has been resolved by only 7 hundredths. The podium was completed by the Slovak Petra Vlhová.

Alexis Pinturault Wins Last GS of the Season in Soldeu


An exciting Giant Slalom season came to an end today in Soldeu El Tarter, where Alexis Pinturault won the race and Marcel Hirscher collected the Crystal Globe.
The Austrian champion finished 6th of today's race, but he had already clinched the discipline globe earlier in the season. Three wins in Val d'Isère, Alta Badia and Adelboden and three 6th places as his worst results. That's the pace and the consistency showed this season. The Olympic champion and silver medalist of the World Championships in Åre 2019 is not very satisfied with his skiing but super happy that the performance was enough for another globe and to take the second place in terms of the number of GS globes.
But the hero of the day was Alexis Pinturault. The Frenchman skied to his first giant slalom win since Val d'Isère 2017 and to a 23rd World Cup win. He is now the most successful French athlete of all times in terms of World Cup wins. In Soldeu, Pinturault definitely found the feeling on this course that was more compact than expected given the warm temperatures. He had a +0.88 advantage from the first run and managed to hold on to it in the second run, finishing +0.44 ahead of the Swiss young gun Marco Odermatt.
Odermatt, who claimed not less than five Junior World Champion titles, just celebrated his first World Cup podium in Kranjska Gora last weekend and was able to reiterate the exploit at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu. This season, the 21 year old established himself within the Top 30 in the overall and in the super-g standings, while he finishes in 8th place of the giant slalom ranking. A promising athlete, that many qualify as a future Overall winner already.
The third place of the day went to Slovenia’s Zan Kranjec, the winner of the Saalbach-Hinterglemm giant slalom. His constant results throughout the season allowed him to grab a 4th place in the World Cup giant slalom standings.
Despite finishing only 11th, the World Champion of the discipline Henrik Kristoffersen defended his second place in the season ranking. With two wins in Bansko and Kranjska Gora, it was actually his best giant slalom season to date, as he only had one World Cup win in that discipline so far. The Norwegian tech whiz collected his 12th Crystal globe medal, and this with only 24 years.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. Women's Giant Slalom and Slalom Preview


The Women's Technical Events (Slalom and Giant Slalom) will be held in the Avet Slope in Soldeu.

Programme

Saturday 16/03/2019 Slalom First Run: 10:30 / Second Run: 13:15 
Sunday 17/03/2019 GS First Run: 9:30 / Second Run: 12:15

Slalom Preview

Mikaela Shiffrin has already secured the Ladies' Slalom Crystal Globe, her sixth in this discipline. Shiffrin has won 15 World Cup races this season, beaten the all-time record for most in a season set by Vreni Schneider in 1988-1989.
Mikaela Shiffrin has won a ladies' record 39 Slalom events in the World Cup. On the men's side, only Ingemar Stenmark (40) has won as many or more World Cup Slalom events.
The last 19 ladies' World Cup slalom races were either won by Shiffrin (15) or Petra Vlhová (4). Frida Hansdotter was the last skier other than Shiffrin or Vlhová to win a ladies' slalom race as she won in Flachau on 10 January 2017.
Shiffrin (7) could win eight World Cup slalom events this season. The all-time record for most in a season is eight, set by Janica Kostelic in 2000-2001.

Petra Vlhová is the only woman other than Mikaela Shiffrin to win a World Cup slalom race this season. Vlhová has won five slalom races in total in the World Cup, a record among women representing Slovakia. She finished in second place behind Shiffrin in the first five World Cup slalom races this season.

Wendy Holdener has collected 21 World Cup podium finishes in Slalom, but has yet to claim her first victory. This is currently the record for most World Cup podiums in a single event without winning, two more than Hubert Strolz (18) in Men's Giant Slalom.
The last woman from Switzerland to win a World Cup race in slalom was Marlies Öster in Berchtesgaden on 20 January 2002 (shared win with USA's Kristina Koznick). This is the longest winning drought for the nation in World Cup Ladies' Slalom (152 races).
The Ladies' Slalom is also the event Switzerland is waiting the longest for a World Cup victory (excl. parallel events).

  • Slalom Standings
  1. Mikaela Shiffrin 1060
  2. Petra Vlhova 817
  3. Wendy Holdener 601

Giant Slalom Preview

Mikaela Shiffrin (515), and Petra Vlhova (418) are the two women still in contention for the Giant Slalom Crystal Globe. Shiffrin will secure the Ladies' Giant Slalom Crystal Globe if she finishes in the top-15 or if Petra Vlhová fails to win the race.
It would be Shiffrin's first crystal globe in Giant Slalom. She has already won six in slalom and three overall (both including 2018/19). Shiffrin could become the third alpine skier from the United States to win the ladies' giant slalom crystal globe, after Tamara McKinney (1981, 1983) and Marilyn Cochran (1969).
Shiffrin became the fourth woman to win three consecutive Overall Crystal Globes, after Vonn (2008-2010), Kronberger (1990-1992) and Moser-Pröll (5, 1971-1975). Shiffrin can become the fifth woman to win the Slalom and Giant Slalom Crystal Globes in one season, after Tanja Poutiainen (2005), Anja Pärson (2004), Schneider (1989, 1995) and Lise-Marie Morerod (1977).
Shiffrin has won 58 World Cup races in total, fifth-most among men and women. Annemarie Moser-Pröll is in fourth place on 62 victories. Nine of Shiffrin's 58 race wins in the World Cup have been in Giant Slalom, equal to Tamara McKinney (9) for most among US women.
Shiffrin could become the first woman to win four World Cup Giant Slalom events in a season since Anna Veith (4) in 2014-2015.

Petra Vlhová could win her sixth World Cup race of this season, more than she won in the previous three campaigns combined: two in 2017/18, one in 2016/17 and one in 2015/16. Vlhová could win three successive Giant Slalom races in the World Cup for the first time.
Vlhová can become the first alpine skier, male or female, representing Slovakia to win a World Cup standings. Only Veronika Velez-Zuzulová claimed podiums for Slovakia in World Cup classifications, two seconds and two third places in the Ladies' Slalom.

Tessa Worley (13) is one win shy of equalling Anita Wachter, Viktoria Rebensburg, Tina Maze and Lise-Marie Morerod (all 14) in third place among women with most World Cup giant slalom race wins. Only Vreni Schneider (20) and Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16) have won more. In all events, only Carole Merle (22) and Perrine Pelen (15) have won more World Cup races among French women than Worley (13).
Tessa Worley won the only previous World Cup giant slalom race held in Soldeu, on 12 February 2012.

Viktoria Rebensburg is in joint-third place alongside Anita Wachter, Tina Maze, and Lise-Marie Morerod. Worley shares seventh place with Deborah Compagnoni and Sonja Nef. Only Vreni Schneider (20) and Annemarie Moser-Pröll (16) have won more. Only Katja Seizinger (16 in downhill, 16 in super-G) has claimed more World Cup race wins in a specific event among German alpine skiers (male or female) than Rebensburg (14) in the Giant Slalom.
  • Giant Slalom Standings
  1. Mikaela Shiffrin 515
  2. Petra Vlhova 418
  3. Tessa Worley 410

Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. Men's Giant Slalom and Slalom Preview


Tomorrow the Competition moves to Soldeu to the Avet Piste for the Technical Events.
In 2012 it was chosen to host the races for the Ladies Alpine Ski World Cup. For the 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup finals, the finish area has been modified with an incredible skiable platform at the bottom of the Avet course and the town of Soldeu.
It is 1.259 meters long (GS course) / 571 (SL), with a vertical drop of 416 (GS) / 193 (SL) meters and an average gradient of 37% and a maximum gradient of 70%.
The course can be reached via the eight-person Soldeu gondola and the six-person Soldeu chair lift.

Programme
  • Saturday 16/03/2019 GS First Run: 9:30 / Second Run: 12:15
  • Sunday 17/03/2019 Slalom First Run: 10:30 / Second Run: 13:15
Giant Slalom Preview

Marcel Hirscher already secured the Men's Giant Slalom and Slalom Crystal Globes this season.
In Kransjka Gora the Austrian superstar secured his eight straight Overall World Cup win something no one ever achieved before.
Marcel Hirscher equaled Lindsey Vonn on a record 20 World Cup classification wins by winning the Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Overall Crystal Globe this season. 
Hirscher won the Giant Slalom crystal globe for the sixth time, surpassing Ted Ligety (5) and Vreni Schneider (5) for second most all-time (men and women). Ingemar Stenmark holds the record of eight in this event.
Marcel Hirscher has won 9 World Cup races in all events this season, second-most for him in a single season after 13 wins in 2017/18. He also won 9 races in 2011-2012.
He has won three Giant Slalom races at the World Cup Finals, in Schladming (2012), Aspen (2017) and Åre (2018). Hirscher could become the first man to win four in this event at the World Cup Finals.

Henrik Kristoffersen has won the last three Men's Giant Slalom races held at world level, at the World Championships in Åre on 15 February and in the World Cups in Bansko (24 February) and Kranjska Gora (9 March). Kristoffersen has won three career World Cup Giant Slalom events: in Méribel on 21 March 2015 and this year in Bansko (24 February) and Kranjska Gora (9 March). Kristoffersen can become the first man other than Marcel Hirscher to win three successive World Cup races in the Giant Slalom since Alexis Pinturault won four in a row from February to March 2016.
In all events, Kristoffersen has claimed 18 World Cup race wins, equal to Lasse Kjus (18) in fourth place all-time among Norwegian alpine skiers.

Alexis Pinturault has won 22 World Cup races, equal to Carole Merle (22) for most among French alpine skiers. He (28) could surpass Hermann Maier (28) in terms of Giant Slalom podiums in the World Cup in seventh place among men.
  • Giant Slalom Standings
  1. Marcel Hirscher 640
  2. Henrik Kristoffersen 492
  3. Alexis Pinturault 369

Slalom Preview

Marcel Hirscher won the Slalom Crystal Globe for the sixth time, after winning it from 2013 to 2015 and from 2017 to 2018. Only Ingemar Stenmark (8), Vreni Schneider (6) and Mikaela Shiffrin (6, including 2018/19) have won the slalom classification at least six times. 
Hirscher has won 12 of the last 17 slalom races in the World Cup, but only one of the last four. He could win six World Cup slalom events in a single season for the second time after 2017/18 (7). The Austrian (8) could equal the men's record for most World Cup Slalom podiums in one season, set by Ingemar Stenmark in 1976/77 and equaled by Alberto Tomba (1991/92), Hirscher himself (2012/13) and Henrik Kristoffersen (2017/18). 
Marcel Hirscher has won 32 World Cup slalom races, third-most among men behind Stenmark (40) and Tomba (35).

Switzerland's Daniel Yule (Madonna di Campiglio) and Ramon Zenhäusern (Kranjska Gora) both won their first World Cup slalom race this season. Yule and Zenhäusern can join Dumeng Giovanoli (2), Pirmin Zurbriggen (2) and Didier Plaschy (2) as the only Swiss men with multiple slalom race wins in the World Cup. Switzerland could claim three men's World Cup slalom victories in a single season for the first time.

Henrik Kristoffersen (15) is one World Cup slalom victory short of equalling Marc Girardelli (16) in fourth place all-time among men. Kristoffersen has yet to win his first World Cup slalom race this season. He won at least one in each of the previous five seasons. He (4) can become the fourth man to claim at least five World Cup slalom podiums in a season without winning a race, after Paul Frommelt (5 in 1984/85), Phil Mahre (5 in 1982/83) and Piero Gros (5 in 1975/76).

Clément Noël could become the first Frenchman to win three World Cup slalom races in one season since Jean-Baptiste Grange in 2010/11 (3).

Alexis Pinturault (3) has claimed multiple slalom podiums in a World Cup season for the first time. He finished second in Zagreb, third in Kitzbühel and second in Schladming. Pinturault has won two World Cup slalom events: in Wengen on 19 January 2014 and in Val d'Isère on 8 December 2012.
  • Slalom Standings
  1. Marcel Hirscher 768
  2. Daniel Yule 491
  3. Ramon Zenhäusern 471
  4. Henrik Kristoffersen 471
  5. Clement Noël 451
  6. Alexis Pinturault 421

Switzerland Wins Alpine Team Event


Today at the Audi FIS World Cup Season Finals in Soldeu El Tarter (Andorra), there was no talk of globes and titles as the athletes took a break from securing World Cup discipline points to take part in the Nation’s Team Event.
The winning team of Aline Danioth, Wendy Holdener, Daniel Yule and Ramon Zenhaeusern topped Sweden, Germany, and Norway en route to the first-place finish.
Germany met Canada in the small final and took the third place thanks to a young and dynamic team.
The team event has been held at the World Cup Finals ever since the 2005/06 season. With Today's victory Switzerland (2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019) have won the team event a record four times at the World Cup Finals. Now, Wendy Holdener has won this event a record four times at the World Cup Finals.
Switzerland won the team event at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and at the 2019 World Championships in Åre.
It became a tradition that the World Cup Finals host an Alpine Team Event on the transition day between the speed and the tech races.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Dominik Paris Wins Super-G Race and Crystal Globe


The tension was high today and the athletes were nervous as the last Super-G World Cup of the season would decide on who’s walking away with the Crystal Globe. The Aliga Course in Soldeu El Tarter offered the perfect stage for this fight, where Dominik Paris emerged victorious.
Dominik Paris, Vincent Kriechmayr, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Kjetil Jansrud, Matthias Mayer and Mauro Caviezel were all in contention for the win and all started the day, knowing that winning the race is the best way to secure the globe. So all of them took a lot of risks and pushed hard today, creating some scary moments and a thrilling race.
But in the end, the fastest was Dominik Paris. He didn’t only defend his lead in the Cup standings but also extended it, by taking his seventh win this season. After a double victory in Bormio and in Kvitjell, the Italian speed whiz added a double victory at the World Cup Finals in Soldeu. In addition to his Kitzbuehel downhill win. With that pace, that flow, and the fun that he has on skis at the moment, it’s difficult for the other athletes to catch him in the speed disciplines.
With a second place in today’s race, Mauro Caviezel claimed his fourth podium this season. The Swiss athlete started in the season with strong results in Lake Louise and Beaver Creek and managed to stay in the game all the way to the end of the season. This additional podium also allows him to secure the third place in the season standings and to grab his first Crystal Medal in career. Caviezel also finishes in third place of the alpine combined standings.
Vincent Kriechmayr is the third winner of the day. Not only did he find his way back to the podium after three fourth places in a row in Super-G, but his constant performances throughout the season allowed him to finish in second place of the Super-G standings 2018/19. With two medals at the World Championships and two medals in the season rankings, he can look back at a successful season.

Viktoria Rebensburg Wins Last Super-G of the Season. Shiffrin Grabs the Crystal Globe


The winner of the race Today was Germany’s Viktoria Rebensburg (1:23.91). In second place was Austria’s Tamara Tippler (1:24.06) and in third place Italy’s Federica Brignone (1:24.25).
Rebensburg was very happy with her victory, which has helped her to get over her disappointment at coming second in yesterday’s Downhill race. "I've come second many times this winter and finally, in the last race of the season, I’ve come first", she celebrated. The German said she feels “very at ease in Andorra”, highlighting the atmosphere and people. As far as the Àliga is concerned, she assured us that it is very good both for DH and SG and she hopes to come back soon.

Mikaela Shiffrin continued to make history, taking home her first Crystal Globe in a speed discipline. She put in the work and with a fourth place today she didn’t need to suffer to confirm her lead in the Super-G classification. She was accompanied on the Super-G podium by Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer, who got the same time as Shiffrin in the race on the Àliga, enabling her to snatch second place from Liechtenstein’s Tina Weirather, who missed a gate and ended up out of the race.
It is the first time that Shiffrin has won the Crystal Globe in the Super-G. "I dreamed about winning it some day, but I didn’t expect it to be this season", she admitted with excitement after the race, as there have been a lot of hard races and cancellations in the speed category. Shiffrin explained that the slope was "perfect" and the weather conditions couldn't have been better.

Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. Men and Ladies Super-G Preview


Thursday 14/03/2019 

10:30 SG Ladies
12:00 SG Men


Preview Women Super-G

Mikaela Shiffrin (300), Tina Weirather (268), and Nicole Schmidhofer (253) are the three women still in contention for the Super-G Crystal Globe.
Mikaela Shiffrin will celebrate her 24th birthday during the Grandvalira World Cup Finals. Last December, she became the youngest skier ever to win 50 World Cup races among all of the events, and the eighth athlete to do so in history. This season, she dominates the overall rankings, as well as those of the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G.
Mikaela Shiffrin maintains a perfect record in Super-G races entered in the 2018-2019 season as she claimed three victories in the discipline in three races: Lake Louise, St. Moritz and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Mikaela Shiffrin has already secured the Overall and Slalom crystal globe this season. She is also still in the running for the Super-G and Giant Slalom Crystal Globe. Only two women have won four World Cup standings in one season: Lindsey Vonn (2010, 2012) and Tina Maze (2013). Maze is also the last woman to win a crystal globe in a technical and speed event in the same year as she won the Super-G and Giant slalom standings in 2013. No alpine skier, male or female, has ever won the Overall, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G crystal globes in one year
Tina Weirather has won seven career World Cup Super-G races, equal to Alexandra Meissnitzer. She needs one more win to equal Hilde Gerg (8) in seventh place all-time. Weirather has collected 21 World Cup podiums in Super-G, one shy of Anna Veith (22) in sixth place all-time among women.
Tina Weirather (2017, 2018) can become the fifth woman to win the Super-G crystal globe at least three times, after Vonn (5), Katja Seizinger (5), Carole Merle (4) and Renate Götschl (3).
Nicole Schmidhofer won the last World Cup Super-G race, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It was her first World Cup win in Super-G.
Yesterday she won the Downhill crystal globe. Five women have won the Downhill and Super-G standings in the same year of which Vonn was the last to do so in 2015.


Preview Men Super-G

Dominik Paris (330), Vincent Kriechmayr (286), Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (267), Kjetil Jansrud (266), Matthias Mayer (255), and Mauro Caviezel (244) are the candidates to get the Super-G Crystal Globe in Soldeu, Andorra.
Dominik Paris leads the Super-G standings by 44 points going into the World Cup Finals and is the only skier able to secure the Super-G Crystal Globe on his own. He could achieve this with a top-three finish in this race.
Dominik Paris seems unbeatable at the moment, as he took his fifth World Cup podium of the season at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Super-G in Kvitfjell. He also won the men's Super-G World Champion title in Åre last month. Yesterday he won also the last Downhill of the season.
The last seven Crystal Globes in this event were all won by Norway: Jansrud 3, Aksel Lund Svindal 3, Kilde 1, since Switzerland's Didier Cuche won in 2011. Norway can become the first country to win the men's Super-G title eight seasons in a row. Austrian skiers won this Crystal Globe in seven successive seasons from 1998 to 2004.
Austrian skiers have won the men's Super-G Crystal Globe eight times, but not since Hannes Reichelt won in 2008. Norway leads on 12 wins in this cup standings, while Switzerland follows in third place with seven. Dominik Paris, Vincent Kriechmayr, Matthias Mayer and Mauro Caviezel are all looking for their first Crystal Globe in any event. Kilde won the Super-G standings in 2016, while Jansrud won three globes in the Super-G (2015, 2017, 2018) and one in the Downhill (2015). 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mirjam Puchner Wins The Downhill Race, Nicole Schmidhofer Grabs Downhill Crystal Globe


Austria's Mirjam Puchner won the last Downhill race of the season, her second career World Cup victory. Viktoria Rebensburg came in second just +0.03 behind and Corinne Suter took third +0.08 seconds out.
At Grandvalira Soldeu - El Tarter (AND), the Austrians continued their dominance that categorized the 2018/19 speed season. As expected, Nicole Schmidhofer won her first-ever crystal globe by winning the downhill World Cup standings despite finishing in 11th place on the day. Her teammate Mirjam Puchner delivered the surprise performance of the day to return to the top step of the podium for the second time in her career and the first time in three years following an injury.
Only 0.03 seconds behind Puchner was the German Viktoria Rebensburg (1:32.94), while third place went to the now-familiar Swiss speedster Corinne Suter (1:32.99).
The race was on hold for approximately 20 minutes following a crash by Cornelia Huetter, who will return home to Austria to be evaluated for possible knee and shoulder injuries. She will not compete in Thursday's super-G.
Ramona Siebenhofer, who was fighting for second place in the final ranking, made a costly mistake off the jump roughly halfway down the slope and finished last in the race. As a result, she was overtaken in the final ranking by her compatriot Stephanie Venier. In the end, Schmidhofer took home the title with a total of 468 points followed by Venier with 372 and Siebenhofer with 354.
Nicole Schmidhofer thanked her team for helping her win her first crystal globe, although she remained unsatisfied with her performance in the last downhill of the season. The Austrian, who will celebrate her 30th birthday on Friday, has been one of the revelations of a season in which she recorded the first three World Cup victories of her career.
Mirjam Puchner, the day’s other big star, triumphed in her event after the break following Huetter’s injury. “Although I was under pressure, I concentrated on my own performance and gave it my very best effort", she said.

Dominik Paris Wins The Downhill Race, Beat Feuz Grabs Downhill Crystal Globe


What a thrilling day at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Soldeu El Tarter, where the downhill events took place today, with Beat Feuz clinching the globe and Dominik Paris winning the race.
Only two athletes had a shot at the globe before today’s race. Switzerland’s Beat Feuz was in the lead, 80 points ahead of Italy’s Dominik Paris. The two men have been battling all season long and delivered their best performances day after day. Beat Feuz podiumed in 6 out of 8 downhills and won one of them in Beaver Creek. He’s been extremely constant and pushed his limits to earn his second straight World Cup Champion title, despite finishing “only” at the 6th place of today’s race.
It’s a fourth win this season, and the third in a row for Dominik Paris. The South Tyrolean climbed on the highest spot of the podium in Bormio, Kitzubehel, Kvitfjell and now here in Grandvalira Soldeu - El Tarter. With these performances, he now has 12 downhill World Cup wins under his belt and became the most successful Italian downhill racer, tied with Kristian Ghedina. Paris will have a chance to grab his first globe in career tomorrow in the super-g, where he is in the lead of the standings, 44 points ahead of Vincent Kriechmayr.
Austrian Vincent Kriechmayr, who won in Wengen this season, is the one who completed the Downhill season ranking’s podium. Another Austrian managed to podium today, as Otmar Striedinger finished in third place of today’s downhill. After a surprising third place in the downhill in Kitzbuehel, Striedinger confirms that he’s back in his best shape and scored his best season ranking in downhill, finishing 11th.

Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. Opening Ceremony


The grand opening ceremony took place yesterday on the Avet slope in Soldeu.
Some 1500 people gathered in the stands of Soldeu's new platform, joined at a distance by the hundreds of people who chose to watch it in the Plaça de la Rotonda in Andorra la Vella.. Everyone enjoyed a spectacle which was innovative and surprising: never before has the opening of the Finals of the World Cup been so daring, taken on such a huge challenge combining image, light, music, and fireworks. The Avet slopes acted as an enormous projection screen, a unique and risky undertaking that will forever stand out in the history of the global skiing competition.
The ceremony was concluded with a fireworks display, accompanied by more video projections on the slope in time to music, rounding off this great celebration.

Opening and Closing Ceremonies are large-scale community celebrations that capture the spirit and unique personality of the host city, province, and country, provide inspiring messages regarding Alpine Skiing and celebrate the world’s greatest athletes.
The World Cup Finals are a great sporting event but also a social event designed for all the country to enjoy as well as visitors who have traveled to Andorra to see it live.


The opening ceremony in numbers

To make this great event possible it has taken 14 months of preparation and more than 5 days to set up all of the logistics on site. 200 hours of rehearsals and tests have been carried out. On a technical level, 3 kilometres of fibre optic cable and 150 tonnes of material have been rolled out and 17 audiovisual technicians were on hand during the ceremony. 281 kilos of fireworks were used for the display.



Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. Day 2


The second day of the Downhill Training for the 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Andorra has been characterized by an increased level of confidence on the part of the competitors. The skiers have achieved higher speeds on the Àliga slope in El Tarter (Grandvalira) and are ready to give their all in the grand final on Wednesday.
Tuesday’s practice sessions will be followed by five days of competition in the World Cup Finals at the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors in Grandvalira. The first trials are scheduled for the speed events, with the Downhill competition taking place on Wednesday and the Super-G competition taking place on Thursday.
In the men’s category, the battle is between the Swiss Beat Feuz, who is attempting to retain the Downhill World Champion title he won last year, and the Italian Dominik Paris, who was runner-up in the Super-G category in 2015 and third in the Downhill category in 2016 and 2017. On Tuesday, he demonstrated his potential by setting the fastest time during the practice sessions. Feuz has been extremely consistent throughout the season, although Paris’s performances have begun to stand out in the most recent practice sessions. The men are neck-and-neck heading into the final.
"I’m feeling good, and the battle with Beat will be very interesting. I’ll have to be at my very best to achieve a good time", Paris said. During the last practice session, the Italian set a time of 1:25:79, beating the previous lowest practice time of 1:28:36 set on Monday by Kjetil Jansrud. The fastest man of the day was the Canadian Benjamin Thomsen, who recorded a top speed of 128 km/h despite eventually finishing in 18th place.



Beat Feuz, who set the seventh fastest time, has expressed his contentment with the new Finals venue and is very excited ahead of Wednesday’s race.



In the women’s Downhill category, two women are fighting it out for the Crystal Globe: Nicole Schmidhofer and Ramona Siebenhofer. They are also two of the year's biggest surprises, as they both recorded the first victories of their career only this winter. Third place is currently held by the Slovakian Ilka Štuhec; however, as she was injured during the last Downhill event at Crans-Montana in Switzerland, she will be unable to compete at the finals in Andorra. The Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami will also miss the finals after she fell during Monday's practice session on the Àliga slope and injured her back and right foot.



Ramona Siebenhofer was unable to complete her practice session on Tuesday: she reported having a problem with her fastening, which caused her to lose stability after a particularly high jump and forced her off the slope. Siebenhofer expressed her sadness at being unable to complete the slope for a second time: "It’s a pity, because I like the slope and it brought me luck a few years ago. But it’s better that the incident happened today and not tomorrow”. Nicole Schmidhofer finished in seventh place after making several mistakes on the first section of the slope. However, she confirmed that the slope was in very good condition, and trusted that she would “achieve a good result tomorrow, in line with the rest of the season".


Fourth-placed Stephanie Venier, who set Tuesday's fastest time of 1:31.48, reaching a top speed of 118 km/h, stated that her aim is to fight for second place, following the withdrawal of the Slovakian Ilka Štuhec in third place. "I like Andorra, the slope is in great condition and the team hospitality is spectacular, one of the best we’ve had at the World Cup", Venier declared.


Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals. Speed Events: Downhill and Super-G


The Finals in Soldeu will decide the winners of this year's Crystal Globes in Downhill and Super-G.

Programme
  • Wednesday 13/03/2019
10:30 DH Men
12:00 DH Ladies

It is the first time that Andorra has hosted a Men’s and Women’s World Cup Downhill race.

Preview Women Downhill:

Nicole Schmidhofer (444 points), and Ramona Siebenhofer (354) are the two women still in contention for the Downhill crystal globe.
Austria has won the Ladies' Downhill crystal globe a record 18 times, but not since Renate Götschl won in 2007. The last Austrian woman to win a World Cup standings was Eva Maria Brem who won the Giant Slalom crystal globe in 2016.
Austrian women have won five of the seven ladies' downhill events this World Cup season: Nicole Schmidhofer (2), Ramona Siebenhofer (2) and Stephanie Venier (1).
Nicole Schmidhofer and Ramona Siebenhofer could both become the first Austrian woman to win three World Cup downhill events in one season since Renate Götschl in 2006/07 (4 wins).

The director for women’s alpine ski races in the World Cup, Atle Skårdal, told us that both the competitors and their teams ‘are very happy’ with how the first day has gone. Regarding Àliga, he says "it’s a great slope, especially for the girls, with jumps, gradients, and some very good technical features. As far as the snow conditions are concerned, he was surprised by the excellent conditions and the fact that ‘they were maintained’ throughout the morning training session".

Preview Men Downhill:

Beat Feuz and Dominik Paris could claim the downhill crystal globe in Soldeu. Feuz is the current leader of the discipline with 500 points. Dominik Paris is second with 420. Paris can only win the downhill crystal globe on Wednesday if he wins the race and Feuz get less than 21 points.
Beat Feuz was on the podium in every downhill race this season, except Lake Louise.
Beat Feuz could win Switzerland's 19th crystal globe in the men's downhill. Only Austria has won a specific men's or ladies' World Cup standings at least 19 times: 23 in the men's downhill. Feuz won the downhill crystal globe last year and at age 32. He can become the fourth oldest man to win his second downhill World Cup, after Peter Fill (34 years), Stephan Eberharter (33) and Didier Cuche (33).

After yesterday's first training Dominik Paris gave a positive review of the slope, which he described as highly technical, which may suit rivals like Switzerland’s Beat Feuz or Austria’s Hannes Reichelt. Despite everything, he proved to be convinced that he has a chance of winning and assured us that he’ll give it his all.
  • Thursday 14/03/2019 
10:30 SG Ladies
12:00 SG Men

Preview Women Super-G

Mikaela Shiffrin (300), Tina Weirather (268), Nicole Schmidhofer (253) and Ragnhild Mowinckel (247) are the four women still in contention for the Super-G crystal globe.
Mikaela Shiffrin will celebrate her 24th birthday during the Grandvalira World Cup Finals. Last December, she became the youngest skier ever to win 50 World Cup races among all of the events, and the eighth athlete to do so in history. This season, she dominates the overall rankings, as well as those of the Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super-G.
Mikaela Shiffrin maintains a perfect record in super-G races entered in the 2018-2019 season as she claimed three victories in the discipline in three races: Lake Louise, St. Moritz and Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Tina Weirather has won seven career World Cup super-G races, equal to Alexandra Meissnitzer. She needs one more win to equal Hilde Gerg (8) in seventh place all-time. Weirather has collected 21 World Cup podiums in super-G, one shy of Anna Veith (22) in sixth place all-time among women.
Nicole Schmidhofer won the last World Cup super-G race, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It was her first World Cup win in super-G.
Ragnhild Mowinckel can become the third woman from Norway to win a World Cup Super-G crystal globe. Mowinckel can become the third woman from Norway to win a World Cup super-G race after Merete Fjeldavlie on 8 March 1992 and Ingeborg Helen Marken on 7 March 1996.

Preview Men Super-G

Dominik Paris leads the Super-G standings by 44 points going into the World Cup Finals.
Dominik Paris seems unbeatable at the moment, as he took his fifth World Cup podium of the season at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Super-G in Kvitfjell. He also won the men's super-G World Champion title in Åre last month.
Dominik Paris (330), Vincent Kriechmayr (286), Aleksander Aamodt Kilde (267), Kjetil Jansrud (266), Matthias Mayer (255), and Mauro Caviezel (244) are the candidates to get the Super-G crystal globe in Soldeu.
The last seven crystal globes in this event were all won by Norway.
Austrian skiers have won the men's super-G crystal globe eight times, but not since Hannes Reichelt won in 2008.



The World Cup Final Events will take place in the Soldeu and El Tarter sectors on the Avet and Àliga courses.
The Àliga course is where the speed categories, Downhill and Super-G, take place.
In 2016, Andorra hosted the Super-G and Alpine Combined World Cup races.
The competition stage takes place in the El Tarter sector, and its trail is approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS). In recent years, the course has been prepared both to ensure the safety of the skiers as well as to make it as spectacular as possible.
It is 2800 meters long (Downhill course, 2208 the SG course), 60 meters wide with a vertical drop of 756 meters (600 meters the SG) where skiers can reach speeds in excess of 120 km/h.
The course ends in the town of El Tarter, so fans can even get close to the finishing line on foot to enjoy the competition.


Monday, March 11, 2019

16th Glacier Bike Downhill Race in Saas-Fee


Next Saturday, March 16th, 2019 the 16th annual Glacier Downhill Bike Race will be held in Saas-Fee. This is no usual ride over hill and dale. Rather this race goes over ice and snow down to the glacier village. The riders will start en mass at 3’500m. During the first half of the race, enthralling fights are guaranteed to ensure the lead position. It’s a race without spikes and of high velocity, with riders reaching speeds of 144 km/h.
The mass start is on the Mittelallalin station at an altitude of 3’500m and goes down over the snowy and icy slopes to the glacier village at 1’800m. They will start in different blocks. The starting block allocation is made based on the ranking point of the previous years.
The riders have to manage 1’700 meters of altitude difference and 7 km of distance. First, they ride on a narrow trail along the Fee glacier, which leads them to the panorama hill. For less experienced racers this is a real challenge. The hill is steep and has to be crossed at high speed. On this part of the trail, riders have been measured, per GPS, traveling at speeds of about 144 km/h.
Further down, the ride leads past the restaurant Morenia before entering the Valley run. This is going to be a very exciting part of the race with extremely steep passages, flat transits and narrow curves, and it is a real assessment of the rider and his material. The last part of the ride, a very flat passage, needs strength to be managed. The outcome of the race is often decided during this section of the course.

Andorra Welcomes the Ski World: Soldeu El Tarter 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals


From today and until next Sunday, March 17, Grandvalira / Soldeu-El Tarter will host the Men’s and Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup Finals.
Grandvalira was established in October 2003 when the management of SAETDE and ENSISA (the companies operating Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and Soldeu - El Tarter) announced a long-awaited Merger. The physical union created the biggest ski resort in the Pyrenees and one of the biggest in Europe, with 210 km of slopes, allowing skiers with a single pass to enjoy the entire skiable area.
The World Cup is the most important international circuit-based alpine ski competition in the world, along with the Winter Olympics and the Alpine World Ski Championships.

For several years, Andorra has been hosting Alpine Skiing competitions. Andorra was the venue for the First Alpine Skiing European Cup on March 1974 at Pas de la Casa. The ski resort hosted again the European Cup the following year. After a few years, on the 1990-1991 winter season, the competition returned to Pas de la Casa to host two Slalom events. Since 2003 Andorra became a main venue of the European Cup Circuit.
In 2006 Soldeu presented his candidature to organize a World cup event and after the organizational success of the European Cup, the ski resort was entrusted with hosting the first Alpine Skiing World Cup event in 2012 at the Avet slope, Soldeu.
After hosting the European Cup Finals in 2014 and 2015 the World Cup returned to Soldeu-El Tarter on February 2016. The Super-G and Alpine Combined Events took place on the new Àliga course. The European Cup Finals in 2018 were the last test before the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals will take place in Soldeu-El Tarter Andorra.

156 athletes from 18 countries will take part in the last and definitive contest of the World Cup circuit in the 2018-2019 season, among whom will be the 25 best specialists in each event, the Olympic champions and the current junior champions.
After two days of training, from Wednesday five days of competition will decide the winners of the year's Crystal Globes, both for the overall women's and men's champion and the winners of each discipline on the circuit. The event programme will include the Downhill, Super-G, Slalom and Giant Slalom races as well as the team Alpine skiing competition.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Ramon Zenhaeusern Wins Slalom in Kranjska Gora

One year after claiming his first World Cup slalom podium here in Kransjka Gora, Ramon Zenhaeusern takes the win in today's slalom. Henrik Kristoffersen and Marcel Hirscher complete the podium.
The Vitranc Cup concluded today with a slalom on Podkoren. With no less than seven former Kranjska Gora slalom winners (Hirscher, Matt, Kristoffersen, Neureuther, Myhrer, Lizeroux, Moelgg) at the start, the fight promised to be very exciting, but it’s another athlete who ended up at the very top of the podium.
For the first time in his career, Switzerland’s Ramon Zenhäusern was able to earn a World Cup slalom win. He already had two victories from a City Event, a silver medal from the Olympic Games and a podium from last year’s race in Kransjka Gora under his belt, but today the two-meter man laid down a stratospheric second run, that brought him from the 7th place in the first run all the way to the win. This success also brings him into the 3rd place of the slalom ranking, tied with Henrik Kristoffersen, just behind Daniel Yule in second and Marcel Hirscher, who already secured the World Cup globe, in first.
One day after his third career win in giant slalom, Henrik Kristoffersen found his way back to the podium also in slalom. Despite three World cup podiums early in the season, the Norwegian didn’t manage to finish within the Top 3 since Adelboden. But with his good performances in giant slalom, the confidence is coming back also in slalom and he was able to take the lead after the first run in Kranjska Gora and defend a podium position in the second run.
Winner of both races last year in Kransjka Gora, Marcel Hirscher, after all, managed to earn a third place in today’s slalom. It wasn’t easy, because after the 6th place in yesterday’s giant slalom, and a 6ht place in the first run today, the Austrian superstar had to fight hard for that podium placement. And it is now mathematically official: Marcel Hirscher secured his eight straight Overall World Cup win! Something no one ever achieved before. It is also his 20th crystal globe in career, a record he shares only with Lindsey Vonn.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora

Henrik Kristoffersen is crushing it in Giant Slalom at the moment, as he took his third straight win today in Kransjska Gora ahead of his teammate Rasmus Windingstad and Switzerland's Marco Odermatt. Both scoring their maiden World Cup podium.
The day started with a two hours delay due to fog in the upper part of the Podkoren course in Kranjska Gora, but the skies cleared up and today’s race could take place under great conditions.
At the moment, Henrik Kristoffersen is the benchmark in Giant Slalom. After his win at the World Championships in Åre, the Norwegian tech whiz followed up with his second giant slalom win in career on the World Cup in Bansko. And today, he claims another success in giant slalom, the discipline he’s been working on so hard in the last years.
Rasmus Windingstad creates the surprise by finishing on the second spot of the podium. A maiden World Cup podium for the young Norwegian, who is currently racing in four disciplines (DH, SG, AC, GS). He became more and more performant throughout the season in giant slalom, earning a career-best performance in Bansko two weeks ago. But that was just “a step in the right direction, but not where I want to be” he said. Today his dream came true and he made that step on the podium. Probably the first of many more for this talented allrounder.
In third place, another athlete made his entrance in the closed circle of World Cup podium contenders. It’s five times Junior World Champion Marco Odermatt. The Swiss super talent was coming closer and closer to a podium placement with a 7th place in Val d’Isère and an 8th place in Bansko, and today he was able to concretize and make the step onto the podium.

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins Slalom in Spindleruv Mlyn

Slalom World Champion Mikaela Shiffrin returned to her winning ways on Saturday as she claimed her first-ever win at Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE), site of her World Cup debut eight years ago. She skied two impeccable runs to take a 0.85-second lead over her closest competition, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland. For Holdener, the result marked her fourth slalom podium of the 2018/19 season but first time in second place. She held off Petra Vlhova of Slovakia who won Friday's giant slalom and was a clear crowd favorite.
Snowfall in the first run that changed to rain for later competitors made for a challenging morning. But the track held up and the precipitation stayed at bay for the second run. Shiffrin and Holdener held their positions from the first run but Vlhova was able to move onto the podium and capitalize on an opportunity when Frida Hansdotter of Sweden made a costly error that dropped her back to seventh.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Ski Men. Winning Run Léo Slemett. Freeride World Tour 2019. Ordino Arcalís

Léo Slemett (FRA-1st Place) earned his second podium in a row with a very strong freestyle plan of attack, which included three nicely stuck 360s in the first half of his run and a clean and fluid second half that he closed out with a huge bottom air.
"Not an easy competition today, the conditions were not perfect so I did not do the exact line I wanted to do and had to improvise last minute, but I really had fun skiing. I went super fast and it puts me back in the game now, finishing first today and 3rd overall. Now we’re going to Verbier on a big mountain face where I really feel at home.. bring it on!", said Leo Slemett.