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FIS alpine ski
world cup
Sölden, austria
women: 27.10.2018 giant slalom
men: 28.10.2018 giant slalom
Levi, finland
women: 17.11.2018 slalom
men: 18.11.2018, slalom
Killington, usa
women: 24–25.11.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Lake louise, canada
men: 24–25.11.2018 downhill, super-g women: 30.11-02.12.2018 downhill,
Beaver creek, usa
men: 30.11–02.12.2018 downhill, super-g, giant slalom
St. moritz, switzerland
women: 08–09.12.2018 super-g, parallel slalom
Val d’isère, france
men: 08–09.12.2018 giant slalom, slalom women: 14–16.12.2018 combined, downhill, super-g
Val gardena, italy
men: 14–15.12.2018 downhill, super-g
Alta badia, italy
men: 16–17.12.2018 giant slalom, parallel giant slalom (night event)
Courchevel, france
women: 21–22.12.2018 giant slalom, slalom
Madonna di camp., italy
men: 22.12.2018 slalom (night event)
Semmering, austria
women: 28–29.12.2018 giant slalom, slalom (night)
Bormio, italy
men: 28–29.12.2018 downhill, super-g
Oslo, norway
women/men: 01.01.2019 city event (night event)
Zagreb, croatia
women: 05.01.2019 slalom (night)
men: 06.01.2019 slalom (night)
Flachau, austria
women: 08.01.2019 slalom (night)
St. Anton, austria
women: 12-13.01 downhill, super-g
Adelboden, switzerland
men: 12-13.01.2019 giant slalom, slalom
Kronplatz, italy
women: 15.01.2019, giant slalom
Wengen, switzerland
men: 18–20.01.2019 combined, downhill, slalom
Cortina d’ampezzo, italy
women: 19-20.01.2019 downhill, super-g
Kitzbühel, austria
men: 25–27.01.2019 super-g,
downhill, slalom
Garmisch-partenk., germany
women: 26-27.01.2019 downhill, super-g men: 02-03.02.2019 downhill, giant slalom
Schladming, austria
men: 29.01.2019 slalom (night event)
Maribor, slovenia
women: 01-02.02.2019 giant slalom, slalom
Stockholm, sweden
women/men: 19.02.2019 city event (night event)
Bansko, bulgaria
men: 22–24.02.2019 combined, super-g, giant slalom
Crans-montana, switzerland
women: 23-24.02.2019 downhill, combined
Sochi, russia
women: 02–03.03.2019 downhill, super-g
Kvitfjell, norway
men: 02–03.03.2019 downhill, super-g
Spindleruv mlyn, czech republic
women: 08-09.03.2019 giant slalom, slalom
Kranjska gora, slovenia
men: 09–10.03.2019 giant slalom, slalom
Soldeu, andorra
women/men: 11-17.03.2019 finals, downhill, super-g, giant slalom, slalom, nations team event

From high atop the frozen Rettenbach glacier above Sölden, at an elevation of 3000 m, you can see from deep down in the Ötztal valley all the way to the Italian Dolomites in the distance. It’s a stunning window on the world and a moment of peaceful silence for world class ski racers before they kick out of the starting gate. The perennial opening of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup attracts a mass of spectators and fan clubs to watch athletes challenge a tricky piste and to revel in the town’s clubs and restaurants down below. The World Cup Opener is the focal point of the sports world thanks to the innovation of organizers who welcome fans to the Ötztal valley, known as the home of the frozen traveller from a prehistoric period whose remains emerged from one of the nearby glaciers.
Lake louise
Few stops on the World Cup tour capture majestic beauty like the Canadian Rockies. Lake Louise has become one of the favourite stages among athletes who appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings and the peacefulness of Banff National Park. The elegant Fairmont Château Lake Louise, located on the shores of a breath-taking mountain lake, is unique in that every team stays together leading to a special camaraderie. The area, which has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, has been hosting the best of the world’s skiers since 1980, now as the first World Cup downhill race of the season. It was born out of a period where the Crazy Canucks, a group of particularly daring Canadian skiers, celebrated regular victories in the classical races in the Alps, but dreamed of one day racing at home. With multiple speed races for men and women in late-November and early-December, Lake Louise sets the stage for the season ahead.
Beaver creek
The Birds of Prey downhill at Colorado’s Beaver Creek resort has become iconic since it was built for the 1999 World Championships. Its name is symbolic of nature, with hawks and eagles flying majestically over the snowfields. Beaver Creek and neighbouring Vail have become known worldwide through ski racing. Vail was host to a World Cup in 1967. Together, the two stunning resorts have played host to three World Championships. The Vail Valley Foundation event organizers have created an entire weeklong festival, kicking off the season in early December. Beaver Creek is known for luxury with elegant hotels surrounding a mountain plaza, site of public appearances by the tour’s great stars. The Birds of Prey course features a remarkable mix of gliding sections, steep drops, huge jumps and very technical turns. It’s a favourite course for Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal who has six of his World Cup 35 victories there.
St. moritz
The Swiss resort of St. Moritz, the crown jewel in the Canton of Graubünden’s Engadin valley, is steeped in tradition and well known for its elegance. Its legend is built on the fabled bobsleigh track and the Cresta Run – a favourite haunt of daring skeleton riders. The legendary White Turf horse races on the ice and horse-drawn sleigh rides have created an iconic picture of a quintessential winter mountain resort with extraordinary five-star hotels including Badrutt’s Palace, the Kempinski Grand and the Kulm St. Moritz. But high above the tree line on the powdery slopes of Corviglia, athletes are challenged by demanding race courses. With no side perspective of trees, racers must find new sight lines to gauge their position and speed. A regular stop on the World Cup tour, the slopes were also the site most recently of the 2003 and 2017 World Championships.
val d’isère
History and legend abound in Val d’Isère, one of France’s most spectacular resorts. Local skier Henri Oreiller became a legend in the late 1940s creating a burgeoning interest in his home. In 1955, local organizers created the first Critérium de la Première Neige. It was designed to welcome the winter season, held in December on the slopes of La Daille, at the edge of the village. With the advent of the World Cup as an organized global sporting tour in 1967, Val d’Isère became an integral part of the schedule every December. In 2009 it played host to a spectacular World Championships. Today the alpine venue signals the return of the tour from North America to Europe, with competitions for both men and women. Val d’Isère was also the site of the first Longines Future Ski Champions race beginning in 2013, furthering the winged hourglass brand’s commitment to aspiring young athletes.
val gardena
The Saslong in Val Gardena is one of the supreme challenges in ski racing, where Longines Ambassador of Elegance Aksel Lund Svindal has collected four victories. The combination of early season snowfall that enhances every bump, low light levels that leave you guessing about your line, plus the punishment of the camel bumps on the screaming thighs of well-conditioned athletes make it one of the most punishing stops on the tour. Take your eyes off the race course and you are teased by some of the most spectacular alpine terrain in Europe, all under the watchful eye of the towering Sassolungo rock face. It’s a charming area of the Dolomites, where you hear a blend of German, Italian and even the local Ladin language. You can easily ski over Gardena Pass to Alta Badia where the next day action shifts from high speed downhill to a tricky giant slalom run on the Gran Risa piste.
The men’s speed stars of the downhill have their classics – from Val Gardena to Wengen and Kitzbühel. But to a giant slalom specialist, you live your life for victory on Chuenigsbergli in Adelboden. Legend abounds in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, as tens of thousands of fans pack the finish and along the rugged course through a farmer’s field. It is a course that challenges athletes from start to finish, with ever-undulating terrain paired with an elevator-shaft-drop down one of the steepest finish pitches in the sport. The classic competition began in the tiny Swiss village began in 1955 as a prelude to the nearby Lauberhorn in Wengen. Today, it is in a class of its own with a weekend of giant slalom and slalom that kicks off a classic month of races in Central Europe every January.
The Lauberhorn in Wengen is the oldest and perhaps the most difficult of the classic races to win. It was in 1930 that this now legendary race was first run, on the initiative of Ernst Gertsch, a passionate alpine skier from the small mountain village, accessible only by train. Starting from the top of the Lauberhorn, high above the railway station on the Kleine Scheidegg and opposite the majestic summits of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, the long piste snakes down the slope for 4.5 km to the finishing line 1000 m lower down on an artificial platform. Thousands of spectators line the piste opposite the spectacular Hundschopf (“Dog’s Head”), a vertiginous jump into thin air. It is a punishing course for the athletes, taking two and a half minutes to complete. The slalom run is also quite tricky, with the names of the famous winners written in the Golden Ledger of this great monument of the World Cup circuit.
cortina d'ampezzo
The gateway to the Dolomites, Cortina d’Ampezzo has a long and storied tradition in the sport. A tiny mountain village just over two hours north of Venice in the province of Belluno, it’s a community with winter sport at its core. Each January, the best women’s downhill ski racers come to town to match their skills on the Olympia delle Tofane with the red rock face on Cinque Torri staring down. It’s a challenging course where speeds reach 130 km/h, vaulting the athletes 50 meters through the air into the finish. A traditional mid-January race for the women, it is frequently a deciding factor for the victors in their quest for crystal globes still two months away. In 2021, Cortina d’Ampezzo will welcome thousands of visitors and a global broadcast audience with the World Alpine Ski Championships.
The famous Hahnenkamm races attract tens of thousands of spectators to the mediaeval Tyrolean town of Kitzbühel every year. This classic race is considered a must-do event by all World Cup competitors. Downhill athletes dream of conquering the legendary Streif (“The Ribbon”), while slalom specialists are in awe of the tricky curves of the unique Ganslernhang piste. Success at this prestigious event, launched in 1931, is a source of pride and glory. And that is not all: the winners also see their names immortalised on one of the red gondolas of the famous Hahnenkammbahn, the cable railway that has been serving the legendary slopes since 1928. Longines, the Official Timekeeper since 1948, is also now a partner of the popular KitzCharityTrophy, a charity race that gives both professional athletes and famous figures from all walks of life the chance to test their skills on part of the legendary Streif.
Standing in the shadow of the fabled Zugspitze, the Bavarian resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen has long been part of the international circuit for competitive alpine skiing. In 1936 the first alpine races in the Winter Olympics were held in these co-joined small towns less than an hour from Munich by car. Since the 1950’s, the famous Arlberg-Kandahar races have been regularly held at this resort, which also organised the FIS World Championships in 1978 and 2011. The advent of the World Cup in 1967 confirmed the importance of this German ski resort as part of the international circuit. Today, the broad, sweeping Kandahar race course is an integral part of the World Cup tour each year, usually for both men and women. Fans stream into the village just across the Austrian border to cheer on their nation’s sport heroes.
If you want to see a true spectacle in sport, come to the Night Race in Schladming. A former mining town in western Styria south of Salzburg, Schladming has been a popular winter sports resort since the 19th century. Like most Austrian resorts, it is situated at less than 1000 meters, with ski runs sloping down to the Enns valley. To the north are the rocky, glacier-capped peaks of the Dachstein massif. It was an occasional stop on the tour for many years before it found its niche with a men’s slalom under the floodlights down the challenging, steep pitch of the Planai into the Olympiastadion. Over 50,000 fans pack every inch of the finish stadium and along the course. Horns echo through the valley. Rockets light up the sky. Even more fans pack the streets of the tiny Austrian village. Since moving to a night event in 1997, it has become a fixture on the World Cup and one of the season’s toughest slaloms.