Where to Watch Live Ski Racing in the Alps

Live ski racing is thrilling and exciting! If you’re a winter sports fanatic, you may enjoy watching ski racing as much as you love being on the slopes.

The only problem, where should you watch it?

Canada and North America are best known for ski racing, however this doesn’t benefit those heading to the Alps.

To try and help, we have put together our list of where to watch live ski racing in the Alps.

These are, in our opinion, the best places to witness the action of a ski race!

Upcoming ski racing events

So, you want to get straight to the action? Here are some of the Alps’ coolest upcoming ski racing events.

Val-d’Isère, France

Val-d’Isère has been a popular destination for ski racing year after year- it’s even home to BBC’s Ski Sunday this year!

Courchevel, France

Courchevel is frequently home to different ski races. This year, Courchevel is home to the part of Alpine Skiing World Cup, and the upcoming events are:

  • 19th December, Women’s Giant Slalom
  • 20th December, Women’s Slalom and Parallel Slalom

Wengen, Switzerland

The Alpine World Cup is also coming to Wengen in 2018!

  • 12th January 2018, Alpine combined
  • 13th January 2018, Downhill
  • 14th January 2018, Slalom

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Cortina d’Ampezzo is also home to part of the Alpine Skiing World Cup, featuring events into the New Year. These include:

  • 16th December 2017, Parallel Gs
  • 20th January 2018, Downhill
  • 21st January 2018, Super G

Kitzbuehel, Austria

2018 will be an exciting time to be in Kitzbuehel! The resort is hosting multiple events as part of the Alpine Skiing World Cup:

  • 19th January 2018, Super G
  • 20th January 2018, Downhill
  • 21st January 2018, Slalom

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Ski racing titbits

If you’re keen to learn more about ski racing, we’ve put together some information on why these resorts are so popular with racers and adrenaline-junkies alike!

Val-d’Isère, France

Val-d’Isère is home to a wealth of black runs and dangerous off-piste tracks that make it a popular destination for ski racing.

Its most famous black-rated run is Face de Bellevarde (or La Face).

This run is known for being almost vertical, and is only attempted by the very brave.

Clearly, Val-d’Isère is the perfect destination to watch Alpine skiing!

Courchevel, France

Courchevel has plenty to offer those looking to witness some dangerous winter sports, having hosted the Alpine Skiing World Cup for many years.

Courchevel is part of the world’s largest linked ski area, the Three Valleys, which offers over 600km of pistes. It’s hugely popular with racers due to its snowy, north-facing slopes!

The resort is home to the Saulire mountain, which offers the Grand Couloir run, known as one of the ‘world’s scariest runs’. It has been attempted by many experienced skiers, including Ski Sunday’s Graham Bell!

Wengen, Switzerland

Wengen offers plenty of off-piste activities, including live ski racing.

The Alpine World Cup returns to Wengen year after year, largely because of the terrifying Lauberhorn Downhill course, which is one of the toughest on the circuit.

As well as this, there are plenty of black runs that pose a challenge for even the most experienced skier!

Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

If watching extreme skiing videos isn’t enough anymore and you’re desperate to witness some live ski racing, head to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The resort has been a stop on the women’s World Cup circuit for nearly half a century due to its range of black runs.

Cortina is home to the Canalone Staunies, the steepest piste in the Dolomites, which is surrounded by tight rock walls. This piste poses a challenge that keeps adrenaline-junkies returning!

Kitzbuehel, Austria

Of course, when talking about ski racing, we had to mention the resort that is home to Hahnenkamm.

For those who don’t know, Hahnenkamm is a mountain that features the world’s most dangerous downhill race, known as the Streif.

The race is truly insane, and is now in its 78th year, showing just how dedicated skiers are to conquering the Streif.

The Streif was also attempted by Ski Sunday’s Graham Bell!

If you’re looking to witness the extremes of downhill ski racing, this is it. To the untrained eye, the Streif simply looks like a shear drop- and we bet that’s how it feels for those about to ski down it.

Alpine skiing doesn’t get any more thrilling than this!

 

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