Val Gardena/Gröden inspires the entire ski circuit once again
Despite all that is going on, everything was ready in Val Gardena/Gröden shortly before Christmas for a spectacular World Cup weekend at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain. The Saslong Classic Club around President Rainer Senoner provided flawlessly organized races in its usual professional manner and offered athletes, staff and journalists a safe working environment thanks to a well thought-out preparation.
FIS races: Switzerland celebrates double victory
In today's "Raiffeisen FIS Challenge”, both first and second places went to two Swiss: Nils Mani won in 1:27.89 seconds ahead of Lars Rösti (+0.43) and the Austrian Christopher Hörl (+0,45) who started for Moldova. The conditions were very good on the 'Piz Sella' course in Plan de Gralba, Selva/Wolkenstein.
FIS gives the green light
Everything is ready, including the race track! FIS confirmed the World Cup races on the Saslong at today's snow check. There will be a super-G on Friday, 14 December followed by the traditional downhill the day after.
„Raiffeisen FIS Challenge“ in Val Gardena/Gröden
A series of FIS races will take place in Val Gardena/Gröden from tomorrow Saturday to Monday on the 'Piz Sella' course in Plan de Gralba above Selva/Wolkenstein. The program includes super-G and downhill races for both men and women.
Fanclubs, we are looking forward to seeing you!
They are part of the Ski-World Cup in Val Gardena/Gröden like the Camel Humps and the Ciaslat meadow, they have their own place on a dedicated grand stands and cannot be missed in 2018: the fan clubs! "It will be another great festival with fan clubs from South Tyrol and from all over Europe" promises fan club coordinator Genni Tschurtschenthaler.
Saslong course and Key Sections
The Saslong Downhill is named after the Ladin word of the 3181 m high mountain that rises behind it. It is one of the classic Downhill races in the World Cup.
South Tyrol welcomes the Ski World Cup
Today, a good three weeks before the Ski World Cup races on the Saslong and on the Gran Risa, the Organizing Committees presented the two events in Bolzano/Bozen. There will be four days of skiing at the highest level, enriched by a wonderful entertainment program for ski fans of all kinds.
Fascination and Myth of Saslong
Each year before Christmas, the Ski fans from all over the world turn their attention to the Saslong in Val Gardena/Gröden in South Tyrol, Italy.
What’s new in Val Gardena/Gröden this year
Camel Humps and Ciaslat remain the key sections on the Saslong, but all around the offer is getting bigger and better every year. What's new in 2018?
Val Gardena/Gröden is looking for the fastest kids
A special highlight awaits 120 young ski racers on the Val Gardena/Gröden World Cup weekend: kids will participate in the Vitalini Speed Contest on the finish schuss section immediately after the super-G on Friday, 14 December. We are looking for the fastest boy and girl!
In Autumn, too: Innerhofer fans rock Val Gardena/Gröden
Christof Innerhofer's fans secured themselves a hiking day in Val Gardena/Gröden with a double anniversary at last year's World Cup weekend on the Saslong. As expected, they had quite the celebration.
The first snow is on the Saslong
Promising: last year the Dolomites were covered with early snowfalls and 2018 looks promising already. The first snow has already fallen and the preparations for the World Cup races are in full swing. Tickets are available here.
Val Gardena/Gröden delegation in Zurich
During the last few days, FIS held a number of important meetings in Zurich in preparation for the upcoming World Cup season. A delegation from the Val Gardena/Gröden Organizing Committee led by President Rainer Senoner was also in attendance.
New start time for downhill race
Today, FIS carried out its annual summer inspection visit in Val Gardena/Gröden. The two race directors Markus Waldner and Hannes Trinkl looked back on the 2017 races and took a close look at the Saslong course. It was announced that the race will start this year at 11:45 am and not at 12:15 pm as in the past.
Ski Champions Walk in Selva/Wolkenstein
Last Saturday, the Ski Champions Walk was opened in Selva/Wolkenstein. The historic path was designed by the local tourist office and the municipality of Selva/Wolkenstein. It is dedicated to the Ski World Cup and Val Gardena/Gröden's ski history.
Saslong Classic Club celebrates its Team
Instead of the best downhill skiers of the world whizzing down the mountain, it was the Val Gardena/Gröden World Cup team holding their glasses up: at the summer celebration of the Saslong Classic Club.
Almost 200 Hours on TV
In December 2017 pictures of the races in Val Gardena/Gröden were broadcast on TV channels around the world for nearly 200 hours. Thus, expectations were fully met. Nearly 90 television channels from 24 countries reported from Val Gardena/Gröden. Most of them were on site in the race week thrilling their audience with spectacular racing pictures and interviews with the racers. The best ratings for live broadcasts were recorded for NRK in Norway with 65 percent. In Austria (ORF) a good 55 percent of all television viewers saw the races and in Germany (ZDF) it was 25 percent. It is estimated that more than 100 million people have followed the broadcasts from Val Gardena/Gröden.
Also in terms of both live and delayed broadcasting time, Austria’s ORF stands out with almost 18 hours. Italy's stations bring it to just under nine hours, Germany’s to nine and a half. Curious: the Chinese audience saw shots from Val Gardena/Gröden for almost four hours. The data comes from the agency Infront, which markets the ski races in Val Gardena/Gröden.
The agency calculates the average number of viewers of the TV channels who have shown pictures from Val Gardena/Gröden. In the past, the range had been calculated, which…
General Assembly of the Saslong Classic Club
Last Thursday, the Saslong Classic Club held its annual meeting looking back on a very successful year. Two members were honored for their many years of service; a new organizational structure was presented.
Innovation expected for Val Gardena/Gröden in 2020
Last week, the International Ski Federation FIS held its congress in Costa Navarino, Greece, discussing changes in the Ski World Cup. Innovation planned for Val Gardena/Gröden: a sprint downhill in December 2020.
Tickets have gone for sale
Every year Val Gardena/Gröden hosts the Ski World Cup in mid-December. In 2018, a super-G and a downhill are scheduled for December, 14th and 15th, respectively. Tickets for the two races are for sale – click here for more information.
Vertical Up: Victories for Hannes Perkmann and Marlies Penker
On Saturday, 27 January 2018, the starting signal for the Vertical Up on the Saslong was shot at exactly 6:30 pm. Close to 200 participants rose to the challenge to tackle the Vertical Up course with a length of 2385 meters, a incline of up to 57 % and an altitude difference of 590 height meters.
Vertical Up: Register directly at the race
This Saturday, January 27th, the Vertical Up race is kicking off at 6:30 pm from the finish area of the Saslong. In the speed class, the winner is who’s fastest and there are great prizes awaiting for those recreational athletes in the backpack class. Last-minute participants can register on the day of the race.
"Choice of material and state of mind were decisive"
Philipp Götsch, winner of the speed class of the "Val Gardena-Gröden Vertical Up" race in 2017 is looking forward to racing again this year.
Saturday, January 27: Vertical up on the Saslong
There will be a second uphill Saslong race after the great success of last year's first edition. The Val Gardena/Gröden Vertical-Up takes place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 and is part of a series of competitions in several World Cup locations.
Südtirol Ski Trophy: Aleksander Aamodt Kilde wins
The winner of the Südtirol Ski Trophy is Aleksander Aamodt Kilde. The Norwegian amassed the highest number of FIS points at the South Tyrolean races in Val Gardena and Alta Badia, winning a prize money of over Euros 20,000.
First class anniversary edition
And this was this year's anniversary edition on the Saslong. The fiftieth World Cup races in Val Gardena/Gröden have entered the history books. Organizers, FIS and athletes can look back on a successful race week featuring a spectacular anniversary show, stubborn fog, a historic Super-G win and an extraordinary six-time winner in lead roles.
Bright sunshine and perfect conditions - the Saslong presented itself from its most attractive side on the day of the downhill in this anniversary year only competing with a beaming Aksel Lund Svindal who captured his sixth gold on the Saslong.
A big thank you
A stressful but exciting week has concluded for Rainer Senoner, president of the Val Gardena/Gröden World Cup Organizing Committee. He talks to the Saslong editorial team about the weather, the races and what fifty years of the World Cup mean for the valley.
Delighted and disappointed: There was a little of everything in today’s statements by the athletes
While Svindal is happy about his sixth Saslong victory, Peter Fill is the unlucky one of the day. You can read and listen here what the racers had to say about their runs.
Svindal's victory makes the news around the world
Numerous media reported on today's downhill in Val Gardena/Gröden. The Saslong editorial team has put together a selection.