All set at Bormio
Once more, Bormio is preparing to host the men's downhill for the Ski World Cup on the Stelvio course. Since 1993, this is traditionally held on 29 December.
Despite the less than ideal temperatures, but thanks to artificial snow-making by TechnoAlpin – a specialist in trying conditions – Bormio Ski successfully prepared the Stelvio course for the traditional end-of-year downhill event. The snow-making technicians at Bormio knew how to exploit the potential of the TechnoAlpin snow-making system to the full, as well as the brief time windows of perfect snow production conditions.
The 100,000 m³ of snow, 30,000 m³ of which were produced at marginal temperatures, made it possible for the Stelvio course to get the OK from the delegation of the FIS, represented by Helmuth Schmalzl, present at Bormio roughly ten days ago.
Mr. Canclini, technical director of Società Impianto Bormio SIB SpA, said that he was very satisfied with the result: "Bormio has demonstrated that it has the edge, in part thanks to TechnoAlpin's yellow snow guns, which were as reliable as ever. The TF10 generator proved essential during preparation: the quality and quantity of the snow was outstanding and its incredible range impressed us as well."
The Stelvio course in Bormio is considered one of the most spectacular and technically difficult in the entire competitive skiing circuit. It has always seen victories from stars of the first order, such as Luc Alphand, Stephan Eberharter, Lasse Kjus, Hermann Maier, Bode Miller and Michael Walchhofer, winner of three editions. The Italian Dominik Paris and Austrian Hannes Reichelt climbed to the top of the podium in the previous edition.
Almost 3,230 m long, with a 986 m difference in altitude and maximum gradient of 60%, Stelvio is a technical course, with big, fast and demanding turns.
And so the date is set for this Sunday, to celebrate twenty years since the first Ski World Cup event at Bormio.