Off to the Audi FIS Ski World Cup
The men’s Alpine Ski World Cup races on the Gran Risa Piste are a highlight for all ski enthusiasts
21. - 22.12.2019
Every winter, around mid-December, the world of skiing looks to South Tyrol and Alta Badia. For this is the time when four races of the Men’s Alpine Ski World Cup take place in our home country. The Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa Piste in Alta Badia and the Downhill Race in Val Gardena count amongst the great classic competitions of Alpine skiing and the night-time Parallel Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa is one of the most popular races among the spectators.
For the Ski World Cup weekend, which starts on Saturday with an opening party, Alta Badia is the venue for international sports competitions, music, shows and fine dining. The focus is of course on the two races, the giant slalom on Sunday and the parallel night-time slalom on Monday, where the best skiers in the world compete against each other on the Gran Risa slope.
1 spectacular slope, 2 legendary ski races
The giant slalom and the night parallel slalom on the Gran Risa slope are among the highlights of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season. The races were again hard-fought and very exciting and the side programme was particularly fascinating. Alta Badia has once again kept its promise.
On Sunday, 16.12.2018, Marcel Hirscher won the giant slalom on the Gran Risa for the 6th time in a row, thus celebrating his 60th World Cup victory. Second and third were the French Thomas Fanara and Alexis Pinturault.
On Monday, 17.12.2018, Marcel Hirscher was again on the podium and celebrated his first victory in anight-time Parallel Giant Slalom on the spectacular track on the final part of the Gran Risa slope. The second and third place were again occupied by French athletes: Thibaut Favrot and Alexis Pinturault.
The Gran Risa slope
The Gran Risa slope has already witnessed the successes of the great stars of skiing: Ted Ligety, Ingemar Stenmark, Mark Girardelli, Bode Miller, Marcel Hirscher and, of course, Italy’s most successful ski racer, Alberto Tomba.
Very experienced skiers will find their high expectations met when they tackle the challenging, and technically highly interesting, Gran Risa Piste. With an altitude differential of 448 metres, a length of 1,225 metres and its steepest incline 53%, it is considered one of the best pistes for giant slalom world cup races.
The start for this literally breath-taking descent is situated at an altitude of 1,871 metres, just below where the black and the red runs down the Piz La Ila separate. Its entire length runs along a narrow track through a pine forest. Because the piste is so steep and as it is usually in the shade, it remains covered in thick ice and is considered one of the trickiest stretches in world cup skiing.
Technical Data of the slope
Start at: 1.868 m (6128ft)
Finish at: 1.420 m (4658ft)
Drop: 448 m (1469ft)
Length: 1.255 m (4117ft)
Maximum slope: 69%
Minimum slope: 10%
Avarage slope: 36%