Race Week Opened: Saslong offers Fresh Snow and Ice
The first team captains’ meeting for the World Cup races in Val Gardena/Gröden kicked off this evening at 8 pm. It was opened by the President of the Organizing Committee, Rainer Senoner, who cordially welcomed all present to the 50th edition of the World Cup races in Val Gardena/Gröden. At his side sat FIS race director Markus Waldner as well as the technical delegate Thomas Gsodam from Austria, who also shares responsibility for the races in the valley this week.
In keeping with the 50th anniversary, the Saslong is in special conditions this year: "A fresh layer of snow is waiting for the athletes in the upper part requiring a finer touch, the lower part is very icy," explains FIS race director Markus Waldner. The new snow forecast for tonight will be cleared out of the course by tomorrow morning so that the first training can go ahead as planned. "The Saslong has often shown it’s icy side in recent years, and this year it will be even more difficult and intense, especially in the Ciaslat meadows” continued the FIS race director.
President Rainer Senoner is also pleased with the positive weather forecast: "It looks very good. Based on what we know today, the racing program is going ahead as planned.”
The first training will be tomorrow, Wednesday at 12:15 pm with Norwegian Kjetil Jansrud at the start.
The start list can be found here.