Val Gardena/Gröden delivers an exceptional ski spectacle
This year, on the last weekend before Christmas, the speed classics on the venerable Saslong were on the docket for the 55th time. The organizers of the Saslong Classic Club once again stood out with their impeccable organization at the anniversary edition and, true to their motto "Passion & Performance," attracted not only the best downhill skiers in the world but also ski fans from near and far.
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.
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.
Innerhofer fans are the best
They convinced the jury: The members of the fan club of Christof Innerhofer are the winners of the fan club parade this anniversary year.
Südtirol Ski Trophy: Svindal in the lead
This year, for the second time, the athlete who wins the most FIS points during the four South Tyrol World Cup races will receive a prize. Norwegian athlete Aksel Lund Svindal leads after the two speed competitions in Val Gardena/Gröden.
A "get-together" for sports, business and politics
All eyes are on skiing during the two days of races in Val Gardena/Gröden. And skiing can do a lot more than build suspense: once again, this big event is used by the “who's who" of sports, business and politics to combine skiing and networking. The World Cup in Val Gardena offers the perfect setting with even more exclusive options for this year's anniversary edition.
To another fifty years
Tonight fireworks and a big show looked back on the past fifty years of the World Cup in Val Gardena/Gröden. An impressive event - bringing together tradition and modernity - was held in the finish area to celebrate this big anniversary.
We always act as fair as possible
Due to the weather, today's Super-G was not an easy race. Nonetheless, FIS, organizers and coaches are pleased with today's decision to stop the race after 38 runners.
From the press center to the whole world
The first World Cup victory of Josef Ferstl as well as news on the whole race were reported live from Val Gardena/Gröden today. A selection of online media clippings can be found here!
Ferstl cheers in Val Gardena/Gröden
German Josef Ferstl celebrates his first World Cup victory in Val Gardena/Gröden. Only 2/100 of a second behind is the Austrian Max Franz.
What the racers say about the race ...
German Josef Ferstl celebrates his first World Cup victory. You can read here what he says and how satisfied Fill, Kilde & Co. were with their Super-G rides.
I will not give up on this racetrack
Peter Fill, two-time overall downhill winner, talks about his mixed relationship with the Saslong and what role the material will play in this year's downhill.
We are ready
After a long day, FIS racing boss Markus Waldner reviewed the day’s events at the team captains' meeting.
What is reported on the races in Val Gardena: Gröden
Not only the Saslong editorial team reported on today's downhill training but also numerous online media worldwide. Here is a selection...
All's well that ends well!
A fog bank was quite persistent in the upper section, so that the second downhill training had to be interrupted several times today. It took more than three hours to have all racers at the finish. The fastest athlete today was Austrian Matthias Mayer, ahead of the Canadian Benjamin Thomsen and Otmar Striedinger.
Racers are pleased with course conditions
Constant interruptions due to the fog made today's downhill training a never-ending story. The Saslong editorial board has captured some of the athletes' voices from today's training.
Acrobats, Fireworks and a Lot of Skiing History
While preparations are still in full swing, the excitement for the party of the year is almost immeasurable. Just one more sleep, then the day is finally here: the most spectacular anniversary party ever seen in Val Gardena/Gröden is taking place in the finish area of the Saslong.