FIS Ski World Cup calendar approved
The International Ski Federation (FIS) confirmed the AUDI Alpine FIS World Cup calendar 2010/11 at the 47th International Ski Congress in Antalya (TUR). Once again, this season will witness a multitude of competitors slugging it out on TechnoAlpin snow.
Traditionally the season opens in Sölden (AUT) at the end of October and this year, the ski resort will host the season's first giant slalom for men and women. TechnoAlpin's fan guns will ensure the presence of snow at the start of the season. The World Cup will then move on from the Tyrol glaciers to the far northern ski resort of Levi in Finland. In previous years, the slalom course north of the Arctic Circle has proven extremely demanding. Here too, Alpine skiers will compete on slopes covered with TechnoAlpin snow.
Following the first technical disciplines in Europe, ski racing specialists will be welcomed overseas for the first time at the end of November and start of December.
The already traditional highlights are featured on the program in December and January: Bormio (ITA), Schladming, (AUT), Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA), Zagreb (CRO) and Wengen (SUI) - to name just a few of the classic resorts. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championship will then be held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) in February.
Afterwards, the professionals will scarcely have time to catch their breath. Straight after this event, the men will take to new terrain in Bansko (BUL), where competitions for the men's World Cup will be hosted for the very first time. Two years ago, Bulgaria hosted the women's ski races, this year, Bansko will host the men's technical disciplines. The program includes a slalom and supercombi on February 26 and 27. Bansko has relied on snow produced by TechnoAlpin since 2004.
The women's and men's World Cup finals will be held this year in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. The last points in the battle for the crystal ball will be fought over in the downhill and Super G, giant slalom and slalom championships from March 16 to 20. At the end of this hopefully exciting season, the winner of the season's much sought-after crystal ball will be revealed.
Overview of the FIS World Cup calendar: