TechnoAlpin, trusted partner at the Bormio World Cup
The traditional Men's World Cup Downhill race was once again held in Bormio on 29 December, 2009. With a low starting number, Andrej Jerman of Slovenia took full advantage of the favorable lighting conditions at the start of the race and celebrated his second World Cup title following his 2007 victory in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Bormio enjoys a long-standing tradition as a venue for sports competitions. It hosted the Alpine Ski World Championship in 1985 and 2005 and the Alpine Ski World Cup on the legendary "Pista Stelvio" has been organized there annually since the 1993/94 season. Alongside the "Streif" downhill race in Kitzbühel and the "Birds of Prey" World Cup ski race in Beaver Creek, Bormio World Cup Downhill is considered to be one of the world's most difficult races. The slope is particularly steep, fast and winding. The beginning is the toughest part of the race as it is the steepest section of the entire course.
Where snow reliability is concerned, TechnoAlpin has been Valtellina ski resort's trusted partner since 2002. 200 snow generators produce high-quality snow for the almost 50 kilometers of slope. Particularly with regard to the World Cup, TechnoAlpin's fan guns and snow lances always provide a good service. Complete coverage of the race course was once again guaranteed ten days before the event, in compliance with the FIS (International Ski Federation) regulations. Pasquale Canclini, Technical Director of SIB Società Impianti Bormio and his team took advantage of the unusually low temperatures and produced an additional 50,000 m³ of snow in addition to the required 100,000 m³, thus ensuring skiable slopes until the spring.
Incidentally, the FIS has awarded Bormio a guaranteed place in the World Cup calendar until 2013.
Photo from left to right: Tino Pietrogiovanna, Slope Manager - Helmut Schmalzl, FIS Technical Delegate - Pasquale Canclini, Technical Director in Bormio - Pier Dei Cas, Bormio Servizi President and Organization Committee Chairman - Massimo Rinaldi, Race Manager