Saturday, November 30, 2019

Marta Bassino Wins Giant Slalom in Killington

In front of 18,500 spectators at the Killington World Cup in Vermont, Italy’s Marta Bassino put two clean and fast runs together to win the first World Cup race of her career on a course shortened because of gusting winds at the planned start line. The 23-year-old has been on the podium in the World Cup five times prior to Today’s Giant Slalom.
Federica Brignone was able to pick up her first podium of the season with a second-place finish. Brignone, winner of the Killington Giant Slalom last year, delivered a storming second run. She clocked the quickest second run climbing six positions to win her 20th career podium.
Local hero Mikaela Shiffrin finished in third place, 0.29 seconds off of Bassino’s winning pace. Shiffrin remains in search of a first Giant Slalom win at Killington, where she has won three slalom races.
The young New Zealander Alice Robinson, who pipped Shiffrin to win the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, failed to finish the first run. Robinson surprised all with her presence in Killington after a bone bruise in her left knee. She decided to take part in the second Giant Slalom of the season after the all-clear message from the doctors.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Killington and Lake Louise Preview

Killington (USA)
November 30th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 1st Slalom / Ladies

Last year, Federica Brignone skied a smashing second run to claim her first victory of the season at the Killington (USA) Giant Slalom race in front of 18,500 spectators. The Italian overtook Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel for the win. The Attacking Viking held the lead following the first run and was able to pick up her first podium of the season with a second-place finish. Stephanie Brunner of Austria, who was on the comeback from a torn ACL, earned her career-first podium result finishing in the third position.

Last season Mikaela Shiffrin battled challenging visibility and course conditions in Killington to win her second slalom race of the season, in front of her home crowd of 15,000 roaring fans at Killington (USA). She skied the fastest first run down the Superstar trail and was able to hold on in the second for the win despite a hard charge by Slovakia's Petra Vlhova, who ultimately finished second, and Sweden's Frida Hansdotter, who finished third.

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 30th Downhill / Men
December 1st Super-G / Men

Last season, the first Audi FIS Ski World Cup downhill of the season went down under a bright sunshine today at Lake Louise and saw Max Franz claiming the win, followed by the Italian duo Christof Innerhofer and Dominik Paris.

For the 7th year in a row, an attacking Viking was at the top of the Super-G ranking in Lake Louise. Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud, all editions since 2010 were won by a Norwegian athlete, and it was no different in 2018. The Cup winner from 2016 and 2017 laid down an aggressive run and finished with a tight +0.14 advantage over Vincent Kriechmayr and 0.21 of Mauro Caviezel.

Update: In the Downhill training sessions on days 28 and 29, Carlo Janka has been the fastest with Matthias Mayer marking the second and third fastest time respectively.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2019-2020 Moves To North America

The Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in North America this weekend.
Killington will host two technical races. The World Cup event in Vermont will feature Ladies Giant Slalom and Slalom ski events on the Superstar course. The races will take place on November 30 and December 1, 2019.
The world's fastest Men come to Canada's Lake Louise for the first speed events. Downhill and Super-G races are scheduled to take place on the same days.

Killington (USA)
November 30th Giant Slalom / Ladies
December 1st Slalom / Ladies

Lake Louise (CAN)
November 30th Downhill / Men
December 1st Super G / Men

Lake Louise (CAN)
December 6th Downhill / Ladies
December 7th Downhill / Ladies
December 8th Super G / Ladies

Beaver Creek (USA)
December 6th Super G / Men
December 7th Downhill / Men
December 8th Giant Slalom / Men

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Henrik Kristoffersen Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

Henrik Kristoffersen took the opening men’s slalom race of the 2020 season in Levi, Finland, on Sunday, setting the stage for an exciting season of men’s slalom with several top contenders for the title emerging.
After a frustrating start to the season in Sölden and a 4th place in the first run, many eyes were on the 25-year-old Norwegian ski star. Kristoffersen skied a masterful second run to vault himself into the
first place.
"Today was a good day, it was definitely a step in the right direction. I am Super happy about the skiing down the piste in the second run, I was on the limit there are still things you can do better but I’m really happy to start off like this", Kristoffersen said.
Henrik Kristoffersen was joined on the podium by Frenchman Clement Noel (+ 0.09) in second and Switzerland’s Daniel Yule (+ 0.18) in third after a snowy second run.
It’s the fifth slalom World Cup podium for Clement Noel, who continues his positive streak from last season.
Daniel Yule writes history with his third place, becoming the first Swiss man to finish on the podium in the Finnish venue and improving his 6th place from last year.
Dave Ryding in the second position after the first run made a mistake in the second run and skied out, preventing his nation to score its first-ever World Cup win.
Alexis Pinturault didn't qualify for the second run. Henrik Kristoffersen is now leading the overall ranking, 13 points ahead of Pinturault.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Mikaela Shiffrin Wins First Slalom of the Season in Levi

Mikaela Shiffrin continued her unbeaten streak in slalom with a demonstrative victory on Levi (Finland).
Shiffrin opened the season with a victory in Levi that saw her break the record number of wins. It is Shiffrin's 41st World Cup slalom win, moving one ahead of Ingemar Stenmark's tally of 40, putting her as the greatest slalom skier of all-time.
The American Ski Star also became the first woman to win four times in Levi, adding to her successes in 2013, 2016 and 2018 and consequently, she earned her fourth reindeer.
"I wasn't thinking about that (the record) at all today. Nobody asked too so that was pretty nice. I was just trying to push Petra, she's skiing really well I know she had a really tough start to the start of the season with the sickness, so coming out here and being so strong was super impressive. She showed great strength not only physically but mentally too. I feel a little bit lucky with this win, but I also feel good with my skiing so I'm happy", Shiffrin said.
Slovakian skier Petra Vlhova wasted no time in confirming her status as Mikaela Shiffrin's main rival as she took a slim lead over Mikaela Shiffrin in the opening run by 0.13, but she crashed out early in the second run giving the podium space to Wendy Holdener.
The Swiss Skier was sixth in the first run, and she has had a solid second run that permitted her to achieve her third podium in Levi.
The Austrian women also made a strong statement in the slalom season opener, putting five women in the top 15, and three women in the top ten despite the absence of one of their top technical skiers, Bernadette Schild. The charge was led by 23-year-old Katharina Truppe, who earned her first career World Cup podium in third. Her teammates, Katharina Liensberger and Katharina Huber, finished seventh and eighth respectively. Liensberger had been cleared to compete in Levi about a week ago, after finally locking down a contract with Rossignol for the season.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Levi To Host Slalom World Cup Opening This Weekend

The Audi FIS Alpine World Cup 2019-2020 season continues with the Slalom opening at Levi (FIN) this coming weekend.
The World Cup Levi Slalom Opening will take place at 23rd and 24th November with the following program:

Ladies' slalom - Saturday, 23.11.2019, starting times 11:15/14:15 LOC - 10:15/13:15 CET
Men's slalom - Sunday, 24.11.2019, starting times 11:15/14:15 LOC - 10:15/13:15 CET

In the Year 2012, The Regional Council of Lapland awarded the World Cup Levi event for its’ annual nomination for Regional Developer. The award was a great honor for the event and the recognition of creating the attractive World Cup Levi brand and promoting significantly the international visibility of Lapland.
Levi, located about 170 km north of the Polar Circle (Levi World Cup is the northmost Alpine World Cup), is one of the largest ski resorts in Finnish Lapland. Levi Fell village is actually a small holiday town, which offers a wide range of first-rate services to its guests.
The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level. There are some 50 ski slopes in Levi and the skiing and snowboarding season is particularly long, typically lasting from mid-October to the beginning of June. Levi has been chosen as the best domestic skiing resort in Finland several times.
Levi is the market leader and pioneer in Finland in Ski Resorts. In the area, there are 24 000 beds, which makes possible 2,5 million overnights/year with 650 000 visitors/year.
Besides the 43 slopes and 28 ski lifts, there are 230 km's cross-country tracks and 880 km's snowmobiling routes.
More than 20,000 spectators are expected at the two races on the weekend and the organizers have put great emphasis on involving local schools and youngsters to bring them to the events.
The Levi Black competition course vertical drop is 180 meters and the steepest part of the racecourse has the steepness of 52 %.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

SKI plus CITY Pass. One Ticket to Enjoy Innsbruck and the Best Skiing

The world is changing - faster than ever. Megatrends such as demographic change, urbanization, and digitization are changing the significance of tourism at different levels.
In this society in continuous change traditional winter tourism is characterized by structural changes.
Today, guests are more informed, changeable, spontaneous and they look for a more varied offer.
Not only the competition for winter sports between Alpine countries is stronger. Mountain destinations also compete with other alternative leisure and holiday offers.
Only with innovative and easily communicated offers, we can compete in international competition and win new guests for our alpine winter destinations.

The alpine destinations are recommended to cooperate more with cities and to create hybrid offers for city and mountain.
In Innsbruck, winter sports can increasingly be positioned as a city experience due to the short distance to the mountains.
More than hardly any other place in the world, Innsbruck offers the urban feel of a city, but in the shadow of a mountain landscape. If you want to transform your skiing holiday into something very special, you can combine the best of both worlds in an often snowy Innsbruck.
The city of Innsbruck is the gateway to the mountain. During the day in the mountains, in the evening or in case of bad weather in the city. Our guests want to have as much variety in their lives as possible, and with this kind of offer, they would be well served.

The new SKI plus CITY Pass Stubai Innsbruck offers the full package in one ticket. It includes 13 ski areas (Stubai Glacier, Axamer Lizum, Schlick 2000, Kühtai, Hochötz, Muttereralm, Bergeralm, Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen, Serlesbahnen, Elferbahnen, Patscherkofel, Oberperfuss - Rangger Köpfl, and Glungezer), 22 city experiences, 3 indoor pools, the use of the entire ski bus network as well as the Innsbruck Sightseer hop-on, hop-off bus tour. Simple, flexible and convenient while you are on holiday – that’s the way to do it!