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Fis alpine ski
world cup
2017/2018
Sölden, austria
women: 28.10.2017 giant slalom men: 29.10.2017 giant slalom
Levi, finland
women: 11.11.2017 slalom men: 12.11.2017 slalom
Killington, usa
women: 25–26.11.2017 giant slalom, slalom
Lake louise, canada
women: 01–03.12.2017 downhill, super-g men: 25–26.11.2017 downhill, super-g
Beaver creek, usa
men: 01–03.12.2017 downhill, super-g, giant slalom
St. moritz, switzerland
women: 08–10.12.2017 super-g, combined
Val d’isère, france
women: 16–17.12.2017 downhill, super-g men: 09–10.12.2017 giant slalom, slalom
Val gardena/gröden, italy
men: 15–16.12.2017 downhill, super-g
Alta badia, italy
men: 17–18.12.2017 giant slalom, parallel (night event)
Courchevel, france
women: 19–20.12.2017 giant slalom, parallel
Madonna di camp., italy
men: 22.12.2017 slalom (night event)
Lienz, austria
women: 28–29.12.2017 giant slalom, slalom
Bormio, italy
men: 28–29.12.2017 downhill, combined
Oslo, norway
women/men: 01.01.2018 parallel (city event)
Zagreb, croatia
women: 03.01.2018 slalom (night) men: 04.01.2018 slalom (night)
Maribor, slovenia
women: 06–07.01.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Adelboden, switzerland
men: 06–07.01.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Flachau, austria
women: 09.01.2018 slalom (night)
Wengen, switzerland
men: 12–14.01.2018 downhill, slalom, combined
Bad kleinkirchheim, austria
women: 13–14.01.2018 downhill, super-g
Kitzbühel, austria
men: 19–21.01.2018 downhill, super-g, slalom
Cortina d’ampezzo, italy
women: 20–21.01.2018 downhill, super-g
Kronplatz, italy
women: 23.01.2018 giant slalom
Schladming, austria
men: 23.01.2018 slalom (night event)
Lenzerheide, switzerland
women: 27–28.01.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Stockholm, sweden
women/men: 30.01.2018 parallel (city event)
Garmisch-partenk., germ.
women: 03–04.02.2018 downhill men: 27–28.01.2018 downhill, giant slalom
Crans-montana, switzerland
women: 03–04.03.2018 super-g, combined
Kranjska gora, slovenia
men: 03–04.03.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Ofterschwang, germany
women: 09–10.03.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Kvitfjell, norway
men: 10–11.03.2018 downhill, super-g
Åre, sweden
women/men: 14–18.03.2018 finals downhill, super-g, giant slalom, slalom, parallel(nations team event)

Sölden
austria
Since October 1993 the ski resort of Sölden has launched many times the World Cup season on the impressive Rettenbach glacier which lies at an altitude of 3000 m. A mass of spectators, a tricky piste and an exciting spectacle have enabled the Organising Committee to create a true sports spectacle. Each year hundreds of journalists flock to the Ötztal valley, famous the world over since the discovery in 1991 of the frozen remains of a traveller from the prehistoric period that emerged from one of the nearby glaciers. Most of the top specialists in giant slalom have won the race down the vertiginous Rettenbach piste, including the American Mikaela Shiffrin in 2014.
Lake louise
canada
Lake Louise has become one of the favourite stages among the World Cup competitors, who appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings and the calm of this part of the Banff National Park. Since they all stay in the same hotel – the imposing Fairmont Château Lake Louise, located on the shores of the breathtaking Lake Louise – they often see each other at meals taken in the same dining room. This area, which has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, has been hosting the best of the world’s skiers since 1980, which saw the first World Cup downhill race at the end of the season. At that time, the Crazy Canucks, a group of particularly daring Canadian skiers, had already celebrated numerous wins in the classical races held in the Alps, but they dreamed of one day racing at home. This competition was indeed one of their most wonderful successes.
Beaver creek
usa
The Beaver Creek competition has gradually made a name for itself over the years as one of the highlights at the start of the season, thanks in particular to the spectacular route of the Birds of Prey descent built for the World Championships in 1999. Since it was first run in 1997, this iconic Vail Valley Foundation race fascinates the public as much as the competitors, who dream of winning here – an especially tough challenge in view of the difficulty of the piste with its vertiginous sections that are more like something one would expect to see in the classical January competitions. This part of the state of Colorado, which has again been hosting FIS World Cup competitions in 2015 with the neighbouring resort of Vail, is one of the few locations that have organised all the various skiing disciplines over the past few years, holding up to six races in ten days, as was the case in 2011.
Val d’isère
france
Val d’Isère, situated at an altitude of 1850 m, has long been one of the most popular ski resorts in France. This mountain village became famous following the exploits of a local skier, Henri Oreiller, in 1948 in St. Moritz, and has continued to grow and innovate. An international competition was organised there in 1955. Called the Critérium de la Première Neige, it was for a long time held in December on the slopes of La Daille, at the edge of the village. After the 1968/1969 season, the competition became an essential part of the World Cup circuit. ­Longines organised in Val d’Isère the ­Longines Future Ski Champions race, which brought together the world’s best male skiers under the age of 16 in 2013 and the world’s best female skiers under the age of 16 in 2014 in real World Cup conditions.
Val gardena
italy
Having organised its first World Cup downhill race in February 1969, followed by the World Championships in 1970, the ski resort of Val Gardena soon became a must in December, thanks to its superb Saslong piste which is used now for the first European speed races of the season. This charming village in the Dolomites, where Ladin is spoken as well as Italian, is one of the most popular tourist areas in the autonomous province of Alto Adige (also called the Südtirol by the local inhabitants). One can ski over to the neighbouring resort of Alta Badia (Corvara, La Villa, Colfosco, San Cassiano, Badia, La Valle) on the other side of the Gardena Pass. The giant slalom run on the tricky Gran Risa piste is one of the most prestigious of the season.
Adelboden
switzerland
Held during the week for many years, immediately before or after the Lauberhorn race in Wengen, the classical giant slalom of the Adelboden International Ski Meeting has become an especially popular event since the World Cup committee allotted it a whole weekend just before the prestigious Wengen race. The famous Chuenigsbergli piste is now also used for a slalom race that is equally exciting for the tens of thousands of spectators who throng to the edge of the piste and the finishing line. The main competition held in the Bernese Oberland, launched in 1955 by a former Lauberhorn winner, Fred Rubi, director of Adelboden Tourist Office at the time, has now become an important stop for specialists in the technical disciplines. A win at Adelboden represents true recognition for the best among them.
Wengen
switzerland
Out of all the competitions on the World Cup calendar, the Lauberhorn in Wengen is the oldest and perhaps the most difficult race to win. It was in 1930 that this now legendary race was first run, on the initiative of Ernst Gertsch, a passionate Alpine skier from the small mountain village, accessible only by train. Starting from the top of the Lauberhorn, high above the railway station on the Kleine Scheidegg and opposite the majestic summits of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the long piste snakes down the slope for 4.5 km to the finishing line 1000 m lower down on an artificial platform. Thousands of spectators line the piste opposite the well known, spectacular Hundschopf (“Dog’s Head”), a vertiginous jump into thin air that all the competitors really love. The slalom run is also quite tricky, so tricky in fact that the names of the famous winners are written in the Golden Ledger of this great monument of the Alpine skiing circuit.
Kitzbühel
austria
Kitzbühel remains one of the winter’s leading locations for alpine skiing at all levels. The famous Hahnenkamm races attract tens of thousands of spectators to the mediaeval Tyrolean town every year. This classic race is considered a must-do event by all World Cup competitors. Downhill athletes dream of conquering the legendary Streif (“The Ribbon”), while slalom specialists are in awe of the tricky curves of the unique Ganslernhang piste. Success at this prestigious event, launched in 1931, is a source of pride and glory. And that is not all: the winners also see their names immortalised on one of the red gondolas of the famous Hahnenkammbahn, the cable railway that has been serving the legendary slopes since 1928. ­Longines is now also a partner of the popular KitzCharityTrophy, a charity race that gives both skiing professionals and famous figures from all walks of life the chance to test their skills on part of the legendary Streif.
Schladming
austria
A popular winter sports resort since the 19th century, Schladming is a former mining town in western Styria. Like most Austrian ski resorts, Schladming is located at an altitude of less than 1000 meters, sloping down into the wide valley of the Enns with its low wooded rises. Just one mountain range dominates: the glacier-topped peaks of the Dachstein massif. Schladming hosted the World Championships for the first time in 1982 and was then the unanimous choice of the selectors in 2013, a result that is testimony to the resort’s world-class standards. The occasional World Cup competition had been held in Schladming between 1973 and 1990 before the resort finally found its own unique formula and staged a night competition. The event was an instant success right from its inception in 1997. For slalom specialists, the course is a benchmark in the sport. It is widely considered one of the most demanding of the season.
Garmisch-partenk.
germany
A famous winter sports hub in Bavaria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen has long been part of the international circuit for competitive Alpine skiing. In 1936 the first races in the Winter Olympics were held in this small town which is less than an hour from Munich by car. Since the 1950’s, the famous Arlberg-Kandahar races have been regularly held at this resort, which also organised the FIS World Championships in 1978 and 2011. The advent of the World Cup in 1967 confirmed the importance of this German ski resort as part of the international circuit. And, since the spectacular performances seen in January 1973 on a totally iced-over piste, Garmisch-Partenkirchen has always been included in the World Cup calendar and not just every five years as it was the case earlier.
St. moritz
switzerland
St. Moritz welcomed successfully the 2015/2016 FIS World Cup finals and the FIS World Championships 2017 on the superb pistes of Corviglia. This small town is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every winter, many of whom admire its first-class hotels. St. Moritz remains very attached to the various disciplines of competitive sport that are practised on the surrounding slopes or on the large lake overlooked by the town which regularly freezes over in winter. For many years St. Moritz has been famous for its horse-racing on snow, its bobsleigh track and the Cresta Run – a favourite haunt of daring skeleton riders – but the resort is also an important centre for competitive Alpine skiing. For the past 20 years many international competitions have taken place here.
Åre
sweden
Åre has a long history as FIS World Cup organiser; in fact, the Åre Slalom Club already staged its first FIS World Cup race in 1969. In the days of the legendary Ingemar Stenmark, the races drew crowds of up to 30,000 people. By now, the resort of Åre has hosted more than 100 FIS World Cup events. One of the best training areas in the world, Åre is the unquestionable home of alpine ski racing in Sweden. During a regular winter season, the Åre resort hosts more than 6,000 alpine competitors, with a total of 25,000 training days! Moreover, it boasts more than 1,000 hours of lifts running specifically for training purposes. After a gap of nine years, the FIS Ski World Cup Finals will return to Åre from 14-18 March 2018; a dress rehearsal for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2019.
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