Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Alpine Ski World Cup Starts in Ten Days in Sölden


In less than ten days, Sölden (Tirol, Austria) again hosts the first FIS Ski World Cup Races. As every year, the Women's Giant Slalom opens the new World Cup season. The traditional Ladies' and Men's Giant Slalom are confirmed on 26th – 27th October 2019 on the Rettenbach Glacier.
On Saturday the FIS World Cup opens with the Women’s Giant Slalom on the Rettenbach glacier in Sölden. The FIS Women's and Men's Alpine Ski World Cup is held for the 24th time in the Tyrolean ski resort.
Since the 2000/2001 season, the yearly held men’s and women’s Alpine Ski World Opening has been taking place on Sölden’s Rettenbach Glacier.
This morning, the official snow control took place in Sölden. FIS race director Markus Mayr and the chief of the course Isidor Grüner gave the green light for the first ski races of the season. As excitement is building up, the greatest alpine ski racers in the world are getting ready to return to the Rettenbach glacier for a weekend of thrill, where they will find perfect snow conditions.
"The slope preparation took us a very long time. Luckily we have had good temperatures for snow-making and at the moment we have great conditions for the training. Now we will work subtly with water to create ideal and fair racing conditions for Saturday and Sunday" said Isidor Grüner.

Programme:

26.10.2019 Women's Giant Slalom
27.10.2019 Men's Giant Slalom

Starting times:

10:00 am: 1st run
13:00 pm: 2nd run

The competition promises to be very interesting with Mikaela Shiffrin eager to defend her title against giant slalom veterans such as Tessa Worley, Viktoria Rebensubrg and Federica Brignone. On the men’s side, it looks even more exciting with many competitive athletes willing to fill that empty left by Marcel Hircher after his retirement.



Sölden is a municipality located in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol, Austria. With tourist bed nights running at over two million per year, the municipality is second only to Vienna as an Austrian tourist destination. The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
Sölden offers the marvelous BIG 3, Austria's only ski area with 3 mountains higher than 3,000 meters which are accessible by lifts or gondolas. From November through May thanks to the ski area's high-Alpine location (1,350 - 3,250 m) and the modern snowmaking system (covering all slopes lower than 2,200 m) snow is guaranteed in Sölden.

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