The Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019/20 is almost upon us! Watching some of the most impressive skiers of all time compete for the grand prize in some of the best European ski resorts is an unmissable experience for skiing addicts.
To find out what’s happening, where to watch and which skiers to look out for, we’ve put together this snapshot guide of the upcoming events.
Read on for all of the events, venues and an overview of this major sporting event.
What is the Alpine Skiing World Cup?
Organised by the International Ski Federation (FIS), the Alpine Skiing World Cup began in 1967 and is one of the biggest skiing events in the world.
The 2019/20 event will be the 53rd cup and will feature the best athletes in over 90 different races across the Alps. Events include;
- Parallel Giant Slalom
- Team events
- Speed events
- Downhill events
- Super events
This year’s world championship will be held between 26th October 2019 and 22nd March 2020.
What Is Alpine Ski Racing?
For those of you who are less familiar with major skiing events, let’s take some time to define what Alpine ski racing really means and the types of events it involves.
Alpine ski racing involves competitors skiing around poles or gates to achieve the fastest time. Skiers use alpine skis, otherwise down as downhill skis and races are split into several categories;
The slalom race features gates posted closely together, requiring skiers to make short, sharp turns. This type of race is fast and thrilling to watch, as unlucky skiers may knock a pole or two over on their way down the mountain!
Giant Slalom Race
In this race, skiers have to pass around double gates spaced slightly further apart.
Two courses are set up in parallel so you can watch skiers race head to head!
Super Giant Slalom
In this type of race, the gates are wider with more turns. Also known as Super G.
The longest and fastest race in Alpine skiing, the downhill run is an impressive race to watch, featuring jumps and incredible speeds. Competitors only have one chance to get it right!
A combined event features several types of races in one- a downhill followed by two slalom runs. All times are added together to find the winner.
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Where to Watch: Venues in the Alps
Over 90 different races are being held across numerous locations in the Alps, kicking off at the Solden Glacier and finishing in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
If you’re heading out for a ski holiday in the Alps during this time, here’s where you can catch some events;
- Solden in Austria (1 hour 30 minute transfer from Innsbruck)
- Val d’Isere in France (2 hour transfer from Chambery)
- Alta Badia in Italy (2 hours 20 from Innsbruck)
- Bormio in Italy (3 hours 15 from Milan)
- Madonna di Campiglio, Italy (3 hours 50 from Milan)
- Wengen in Switzerland (2 hours 30 from Zurich)
- St. Moritz, Switzerland (3 hours 30 from Zurich)
- Crans Montana, Switzerland (2 hours 30 from Geneva)
- Kitzbühel in Austria (1 hour 45 from Innsbruck)
- Schladming in Austria (1 hour 50 from Salzburg)
- Chamonix in France (1 hour 30 from Geneva)
- Courchevel in France (2 hour transfer from Chambery)
- La Thuile, Italy (2 hours 30 from Geneva)
- Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy (2 hours 55 from Innsbruck)
In addition to these Alpine destinations, the cup is also holding competitions in the USA, Canada, China and Japan!
Alpine Skiing World Cup Standings: Who To Watch Out For
So, which up and coming skiers should you look out for this year?
The top five male skiers in Alpine skiing are currently;
- Marcel Hirscher from Austria
- Alexis Pinturault from France
- Dominic Paris from Italy
- Henrik Kristofferson from Norway
And the top five female skiers are ranked as;
- Michaela Shiffrin from the USA
- Petra Vlhova from Slovakia
- Wendy Holdener from Switzerland
- Viktoria Rebensburg from Germany
- Federica Brignone from Italy
Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019/20 Calendar
To ensure you don’t miss any world cup events going on near you on your ski holiday, we’ve put together an events calendar of all the races taking place in the Alps over the next few months.
- Giant Slalom (men) – Solden – 26 October
- Giant Slalom (women) – Solden – 27 October
- Giant Slalom (men) – Val d’Isere – 14 December
- Super G (women) – St.Moritz – 14 December
- Slalom (men) – Val d’Isere – 15 December
- Super G final (women) – St.Moritz – 15 December
- Giant Slalom (women) – Courchevel – 17 December
- Giant Slalom (men) – Val d’Isere – 21 December
- Slalom (men) – Val d’Isere – 22 December
- Giant Slalom (men) – Alta Badia – 22 December
- Parallel Giant Slalom (men) – Alta Badia – 23 December
- Downhill (men) – Bormio – 28 December
- Alpine Combined (men) – Bormio – 29 December
- Slalom (men) – Madonna di Campiglio – 8 January
- Giant Slalom (men) – Adelboden – 11 January
- Slalom (men) – Adelboden – 12 January
- Alpine Combined (men) – Wengen – 17 January
- Downhill (men) – Wengen – 18 January
- Giant Slalom (men) – Sestriere – 18 January
- Slalom (men) – Wengen – 19 January
- Parallel Giant Slalom (men) – Sestriere – 19 January
- Super G (men) – Kitzbuhel – 24 January
- Downhill (men) – Kitzbuhel – 25 January
- Slalom (men) – Kitzbuhel – 26 January
- Slalom (men) – Schaldming – 28 January
- Slalom (men) – Chamonix – 8 February
- Parallel Giant Slalom – Chamonix – 9 February
- Downhill (women) – Crans Montana – 22 February
- Alpine Combined (women) – Crans Montana – 23 February
- Super G (women) – La Thuile – 29 February
- Alpine Combined – La Thuile – 1 March
- Downhill (men) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 18 March
- Downhill (women) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 18 March
- Super G (men) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 19 March
- Super G (women) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 19 March
- Giant Slalom (men) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 21 March
- Slalom (women) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 21 March
- Slalom (men) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 22 March
- Giant Slalom (women) – Cortina d’Ampezzo – 22 March
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