Snow control passed - curtain up for the 54th Saslong Classic on December 17 and 18
One and a half weeks before the first downhill training, the traditional FIS snow control took place on the Saslong on Saturday. After this routine procedure, the International Ski Federation confirmed the World Cup races in Val Gardena/Gröden. The program includes a training run each on Wednesday, December 15 and Thursday, December 16. The Super-G, on the other hand, will take place on Friday, December 17, while one of Italy's biggest winter sports events will conclude with the Downhill on Saturday, December 18.
Innovative security solutions: Studies have begun
Safety has always played a central role for the Saslong Classic Club. For decades, the organizers of the World Cup in Val Gardena/Gröden have been investing financial and human resources with great conviction to make the speed races on the Saslong even safer. An effort in which they are actively supported by the International Ski Federation FIS, Club 5, Dolomiti Superski and most recently the South Tyrolean NOI Techpark.
Aleksander Aamodt Kilde redeems his Südtirol Ski Trophy prize
A special star dish named after him, a wooden bust of the winner, a short holiday in South Tyrol and prize money of Euros 20,000: This is the package of prizes awarded to Norwegian ski star Aleksander Aamodt Kilde as the winner of the 2018 Südtirol Ski Trophy. The 26-year-old Scandinavian recently visited Val Gardena/Gröden where he was able to contribute to the creation of two dishes with star chefs Anna Matscher and Gerhard Wieser. Kilde also won the Südtirol Ski Trophy in 2017. The initiative was organized by IDM South Tyrol.
FIS Race Directors Waldner and Trinkl inspect the Saslong in midsummer
It is a set date which is an indispensable part of the Val Gardena/Gröden World Cup calendar: the annual midsummer inspection of the race track. Today, Monday, the time had come again. The FIS racing management, OC president Rainer Senoner and course manager Horst Demetz reviewed the past season and also discussed the relocation of the Super-G start. A move that was finally given the go-ahead.
The Saslong Classic Club looks back on an eventful year
Four instead of two traditional speed races on the Saslong; a serious accident with a happy ending thanks to a perfectly executed emergency rescue protocol; and a business year with positive end results: on Wednesday evening, the Saslong Classic Club reviewed a turbulent 2018/19 sports year as part of its traditional annual general meeting.
Secure your 2019 Saslong ticket
The legendary speed extravaganza returns to Val Gardena/Gröden in the coming winter. On Friday, 20 December, a Super-G will be held on one of the most renowned race tracks of the Ski World Cup, while Saturday, 21 December, will be dedicated to downhill skiing.
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.
Marc Gisin: "You saved my life"
Marc Gisin crashed on 15 December 2018 during the World Cup downhill on the Saslong and was seriously injured. About five months later, the Swiss returned to Val Gardena/Gröden last weekend to personally thank the organizer and the medevac rescue team Aiut Alpin for the formidable rescue and first aid.
VIST dresses the Val Gardena/Gröden World Cup
A special partnership was introduced today at the trade fair in Bolzano/Bozen. The Saslong Classic Club and the winter sports supplier VIST presented their cooperation at the Prowinter fair. Among other things, VIST will provide the Val Gardena/Gröden OC with the official equipment for the next two years. This was announced by Paolo Chiarino, CEO of VIST, and Rainer Senoner, OC President.
Val Gardena/Gröden's World Cup-OC celebrates a job well done
Final reports are filed and feedback is gathered from all sides which is reason enough for the World Cup OC of Val Gardena/Gröden to toast to the season’s end. Just in time before next year’s races will become the focus of attention.
Bravo Dominik Paris, Bravo Beat Feuz
At the World Cup Final in Soldeu, Andorra, the crystal ball trophies were awarded to the best skiers in each individual discipline. The Swiss Beat Feuz triumphed in the downhill and South Tyrolean Dominik Paris in the super-G.
Val Gardena/Gröden congratulates the Speed World Champions
The Saslong Classic Club is thrilled with the freshly crowned world champions in the fast disciplines. Dominik Paris won the Super-G in Are, Sweden, and Kjetil Jansrud the downhill - both have also had great successes in Val Gardena/Gröden.
Val Gardena/Gröden provides a week of highlights
The 51st edition of the men's speed races on the Saslong is history. Organizers, FIS and athletes can look back on a very well organized race week that continued on Tuesday with the ladies’ World Cup competitions in Val Gardena/Gröden.
These is what the athletes had to say after the last ladies’ race on the Saslong.
Great joy clouded by a drop of sadness
On Saturday, the men's 2018 speed races on the Saslong concluded with a downhill victory for Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. On Tuesday, 18 Dezember and Wednesday, 19 Dezember, two ladies’ races took place for the first time in Val Gardena/Gröden and all went well. Ilka Stuhec from Slovenia won both races. Rainer Senoner, President of the Organizing Committee of Val Gardena/Gröden can look back on a successful week of racing in ideal conditions for both ladies and men.
Double victory for Stuhec
On Wednesday, a successful racing week concluded with the ladies’ super-G race. The super-G race went smoothly under cloudy skies.
Praises from all sides
The President of the Organizing Committee, Rainer Senoner, greeted all those present and opened the third and final team captains' meeting by praising the work of the jury, the committee, the coaches, the television production company and especially the good performances of the ladies racers.
"It's a dream come true!"
Here is what the athletes had to say about today’s ladies’ downhill race on the Saslong.
Only Ilka Stuhec is ahead of Nicol Delago
The downhill race of the ladies took place on the Saslong under blue skies and in perfect conditions.
Austrians lead in training
The last ladies’ downhill training on the Saslong started at 10:00 am under ample sunshine. The forerunners included some well-known ski stars such as Kjetil Jansrud, Peter Fill and Verena Stuffer.
A repeat win: Südtirol Ski Trophy for Aleksander Aamodt Kilde
The Norwegian racer A.A Kilde was awarded the Südtirol Ski Trophy on Monday evening in the finish area of the Gran Risa. This award is given to the racer who earns the most points in the four World Cup races in the two Ladin valleys.
"Excellent slope, great weather!"
The International Ski Federation FIS and the Organizing Committee Val Gardena/Gröden met on Monday evening for the second team captains’ meeting to discuss the first training day with the participants.
What the racers had to say about the training runs
Racers - and others - expressed their opinions on the training runs.
The ladies on the Saslong: the training runs
On Monday, the downhill training took place in Val Gardena/Gröden at 10:00 am.
We're looking forward to the ladies‘ races. "We're ready!"
Am Sonntagabend fand in Wolkenstein die erste Mannschaftsführersitzung statt, die heuer zum ersten Mal die Frauen Welt-Cup Woche einleitet.
"A ladies' race on the Saslong has always been my dream”
Isolde Kostner from Val Gardena/Gröden was one of the world’s best athletes in both the downhill and super-G disciplines at the turn of the millennium. In an interview, the two-time World Champion and two-time winner of the Downhill World Cup talks about the upcoming ladies’ races on the Saslong.
Kilde dominates the downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden
It’s Norway again! This time, it’s Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Aksel Lund Svindal’s younger team member who is standing on top of the podium. It's his downhill on the Saslong and his first triumph in Val Gardena/Gröden.
Kilde in the lead at the "Südtirol Ski Trophy”
This year again, the athlete who scores the most points during the four races in South Tyrol will be awarded during the World Cup week in Val Gardena & Alta Badia. After two competitions, the Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde is in first place.
“A hell of a race”
Another Norwegian victory, but with Aleksander Aamodt Kilde a new name on the highest podium. Here is what the racers had to say about today's downhill.
Marc Gisin stable after heavy fall
The Swiss Marc Gisin, who took a heavy fall during the Val Gardena/Gröden downhill, is in a stable condition based on initial feedback.