Pure adrenalin on the legendary Saslong on December 18 and 19
Already for the 53rd time, the World Cup Alpine ski races will be held in Val Gardena/Gröden in South Tyrol in December 2020. The event at the foot of the Sassolungo/Langkofel mountain is one of the most traditional winter sports events in Europe and has long since become an integral part of the competition calendar of the International Ski Federation (FIS).
The world's best downhill skiers - including local hero Dominik Paris (nearby Ulten valley), who has recovered from a knee injury, and last year's winner of the super-Gs, Vincent Kriechmayr from Austria - will dive down the downhill course on the last weekend before Christmas. The 3466-meter track, which includes the Sochers Walls, the Camel Humps and the Ciaslat, has numerous key sections.
The two-day race program in the South Tyrolean destination, which is part of the Dolomiti Superski ski carousel, will open on Friday, December 18th with the super-G. The highlight of the World Cup weekend on the Saslong is the classic downhill race on Saturday, December 19. Both races are watched every year by millions of spectators at home in front of their TV screens - not only in the Alps or Europe, but also overseas and Asia.
The World Cup in Val Gardena/Gröden is usually not just a top-class ski race. In recent years, the South Tyrolean ski classic has turned into a 360-degree event. The fans, who pilgrimage from all over the world to the stadium atmosphere at the finish area, create a breathtaking experience and make the World Cup a real sports festival. "See and be seen", on the other hand, is the motto in the various lounges, where numerous personalities from the worlds of business, politics, show business and, last but not least, top international sport follow the racing action on the Saslong close up - and toast to the successes of the top stars. In what form spectators are admitted to this year's edition due to the current, special circumstances will become apparent in the near future. The organizers of the Saslong Classic Club aim to hold the World Cup with the participation of the fans - in compliance with all safety regulations in force at the time.
The history of the World Cup in Val Gardena/Gröden began in 1969, when the first races at this highest level of competition in Alpine skiing were held in South Tyrol. They were the dress rehearsal for the World Championships, which took place exactly 50 years ago in February 1970 for the first time and to date for the only time in Val Gardena/Gröden. The fights for the gold of that time established the worldwide reputation of the South Tyrolean ski destination, which continues to this day.