Val Gardena/Gröden re-confirmed in the FIS World Cup calendar
Dubrovnik, 31 May 2019 - In recent days, the International Ski Federation FIS held the traditional calendar conference. This time, the many sub-committees and working groups met in Dubrovnik, Croatia - with a more than satisfactory result for the organizers of the speed races on the Saslong.
On the one hand, this year's date of the South Tyrolean classic was confirmed as expected. Accordingly, the Super-G will take place on Friday, 20 December with start time at 12 noon. Saturday, 21 December, will be dominated by the downhill, which will open at 11:45 am. After the speed events on the Saslong, the World Cup circuit will remain in the Dolomites, but will move to Alta Badia, where a giant slalom and a parallel giant slalom will be on the program.
No less important for the Saslong Classic Club than the confirmation of the dates in the coming season is the fact that Val Gardena/Gröden will remain a fixed venue of the FIS World Cup calendar in the long run. The traditional races at the foot of the Sassolungo mountain are guaranteed until the 2022/23 season (at least). "It is extremely important for our planning to have certainty in this respect. We are of course overjoyed that the International Ski Federation continues to place its trust in us relying on the know-how that Val Gardena/Gröden has acquired over the past five decades with great dedication and passion. Of course, we will do everything in our power to repay this trust with perfectly organized races and a great entertainment program”, said Rainer Senoner, President of the Saslong Classic Club, on the occasion of the FIS Conference in Dubrovnik.
Planned Relocation of Super-G Start
The conference in Dubrovnik was used by the organizers from Val Gardena/Gröden to exchange ideas with colleagues from other World Cup locations. At the same time, planned innovations were discussed in Croatia - also those concerning the traditional South Tyrolean race track. Rainer Senoner and FIS Race Director Markus Waldner presented plans to relocate the Super-G start.
"The start is currently below the Sochers chairlift. We want to keep it at the same height, but move it further to the West towards the Sassolungo mountain. This change would not only benefit the Super-G, but also allow for a potential two-run sprint downhill, the introduction of which has been under discussion for some time," Senoner concluded.