FIS SKI WORLD CUP FINALS ANDORRA 2019

From March 11 to 17, 2019

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THE COMPETITION

The World Cup is the most important international circuit-based alpine ski competition in the world, along with the Winter Olympics and the Alpine World Ski Championships. The competition is held annually and features a calendar of trials for male and female skiers. It is considered the "Formula 1” of winter sports, where every detail counts: from the millimetrically precise preparation of the skis to the meticulous concentration in studying the course.

In 1965, just eight years after the opening the country’s first ski resort at Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and one year after Soldeu - El Tarter first opened its doors, alpine skiing was declared a "sport of national interest" in Andorra.

The principality was the venue for the first European Cup for alpine skiing, which took place from 6 to 9 March 1974 at Pas de la Casa (slalom and giant slalom at Costa Rodona and slalom on the central slope of Grau Roig). The pistes played host once again to the same competition the following year. Some years later, for the 1990-91 season Andorra was chosen to host two women’s slaloms (El Mirador, Grau Roig), and since 2003 the country has formed part of the European Cup circuit. The organizational success of all these events meant the principality was entrusted with hosting the first World Cup in 2012 at the Avet slope, Soldeu. Added to this is the fact that, over the course of its skiing history, Andorra has produced 28 Olympic skiers and has been represented at 10 Winter Olympics, starting with Innsbruck in 1976.

Grandvalira’s skiable area traces its origins back to October 2003, when the management of SAETDE and ENSISA (the companies operating Pas de la Casa - Grau Roig and Soldeu - El Tarter) announced a long-awaited merger. These two Andorran resorts laid the foundations of Grandvalira, and since then the skiable area has developed at an impressive rate. Season after season it has grown not only in size, but also in terms of facilities, equipment, quality, services, attractions and possibilities. Today, it is one of the leading resorts in southern Europe and a leader in the creation of new mountain experiences for visitors to enjoy all year round. With a total of 210 skiable kilometres (1,926 hectares), Grandvalira not only boasts the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees (and the Iberian Peninsula), but is also ranked among the 20 best winter sports centres in Europe.

In 2001, two years before the merger that produced Grandvalira, the decision was made to promote top-level alpine ski competitions. The idea arose once Andorra had completed its preparations as a candidate to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. Although the initiative did not get past the planning stage, it served to identify which pistes were the most suitable for the different FIS disciplines. Investment plans to improve the Avet piste were drawn up and in 2006 the country stood for the first time as a candidate to host the World Cup. Although it would not realize this ambition until 2012, from 2008 onwards Soldeu was used as a venue for various technical trials that formed part of the European Cup.

Andorra’s successful hosting of European Cups in previous years meant that in 2012, Grandvalira experienced the thrill of a circuit-based winter sports competition at the highest level when it hosted the first FIS Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup. The success of the 2012 competition, in terms of organization as well as the condition of the pistes, led Grandvalira to be chosen once again, this time as the venue for two trials of the 2016 FIS Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup. The 2016 edition of the World Cup presented a new organizational challenge, given that it was the first time the event had been held on the Àliga piste. Grandvalira’s successful hosting of these different editions of the World Cup gave FIS the confidence to award the resort the Finals of the FIS Men’s and Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup 2019. As a result, in 2019 the pistes of Avet and Àliga will spend a week under the spotlight as venues for the World Cup.


 

 

Stats on the last FIS Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup in Grandvalira

(February 2016)

  • Teams: 74 skiers from 20 different countries.
  • Technical staff from the resort: 100.
  • Volunteers: 190 on-piste and 90 off-piste.
  • Spectators: 10,000 on-piste, 1,400 for the opening ceremony and 1,200 for the prize draw for the competitor numbers.
  • Safety and security teams: 55 safety and security teams and 38 medical teams, plus 56 backup teams in the event of adverse weather conditions.
  • VIPs: 900.
  • Total number of accredited personnel: 1,697.
  • Total number of media personnel: 192 accredited.
  • Press and news agencies: 45 contacts.
  • Radio: 5 broadcasters.
  • Photographers: 38 professional photographers (media, agencies and freelance).
  • Television personnel: 104 (10 stations).
  • Television stations: 15 live channels and 35 with the rights to delayed broadcast.
  • 292 million potential viewers (average of 146 million per day).
  • Media returns in excess of €4.4m, according to the Kantar and Acceso agencies.
  • 15 kilometres of B-network.
  • 1,300 snow-machine hours.


 

PROGRAM

 

Day Hour Course: Avet (Grandvalira - Soldeu) Course: Àliga (Grandvalira - El Tarter)
11/3/2019 9:30 a.m.   Training DH  - Gender 1
11:00 a.m.   Training DH  - Gender 2
12/3/2019 9:30 a.m.   Training DH  - Gender 1
11:00 a.m.   Training DH  - Gender 2
13/3/2019 9:30 a.m.   DH Gender 1
11:00 a.m.   DH Gender 2
14/3/2019 9:30 a.m.   SG Gender 1
11:00 a.m.   SG Gender 2
15/3/2019 10:00 a.m.   Nations Team Event
16/3/2019 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m SL Gender 1  
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. GS Gender 2  
17/3/2019 9:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m. GS Gender 1  
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. SL Gender 2  

 

SLOPES

AVET SLOPE

The Avet piste was chosen to host the trials of the 2012 Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup. The competition venue is located in Grandvalira-Soldeu and its classic run, which was officially approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in October 2007, was specially prepared in order to provide a safe yet spectacular course.

The piste can be reached via the eight-person Soldeu gondola lift and the six-person Soldeu ski lift.

The piste faces north-west, which guarantees good-quality snow. Much of the downhill course passes through the village of Soldeu, which is where the finish line is located. As a result, the entire course is perfectly visible from the village and can be seen from the best rooms in most of the hotels.

All of the skiers that took part in the 2012 World Cup enjoyed the Avet piste, and the German skier Maria Hölf-Riesch, the 2010-11 champion, even went so far as to call it “the best giant-slalom piste on the circuit".


Details of the GS Avet piste: 

  • Start line: 2.266 m
  • Finish line: 1.850 m
  • Length: 1.259 m
  • Vertical drop: 416 m
  • Average gradient: 37%
  • Maximum gradient: 70%
  • Minimum gradient: 14%
  • Orientation: N / E

Details of the SL Avet piste: 

 

  • Start line: 2.043 m
  • Finish line: 1.850 m
  • Lenght: 571 m
  • Vertical drop: 193 m
  • Average gradient: 36.3%
  • Maximum gradient: 70%
  • Minimum gradient: 14%
  • Orientation: N / E

ÀLIGA SLOPE

From a bird’s-eye view, the Àliga SG and Àliga SL pistes comprise an “X” shape that is a precise echo of the Grandvalira logo. The competition venue is located in Grandvalira-El Tarter and its speed and technical routes, officially approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS), have been specially prepared over the years to ensure the safety of the skiers as well as spectacular performances.

It is 2.7 kilometres long, 60 metres wide and has an altitude difference of 600 metres. Skiers can reach speeds in excess of 120 km/h.

At the request of FIS, for the 2016 Women’s World Cup the final section of the old Àliga slope (now known as Àliga SL) was restored, so that it could be made ready for hosting trials in the slalom (SL) discipline.


SG details for the Àliga piste:

  • Start line: 2.315 m
  • Finish line: 1.715 m
  • Length: 2.208 m
  • Vertical drop: 600 m
  • Average gradient: 28,40%
  • Maximum gradient: 56%
  • Minimum gradient: 6%
  • Orientation: NW / NE

DH details for the Àliga piste:

  • Start line: 2.471 m
  • Finish line: 1.715 m
  • Length: 2.800 m
  • Vertical drop: 756 m
  • Average gradient: 28.20%
  • Maximum gradient: 56%
  • Minimum gradient: 6%
  • Orientation: NW / NE

 

SOLDEU PLATFORM

In August 2017, a landmark project to improve the base of the Avet slope, as well as the accesses to the entry point of Grandvalira’s Soldeu sector, was begun. Construction commenced on a 16,000 m2 ski platform that will soar over the Valira d’Orient River and underground car park for 450 vehicles at the base of the Avet slope in Grandvalira’s Soldeu sector. It is a €25-million investment that will be shouldered by the company that manages Soldeu-El Tarter (ENSISA) in its entirety.
 
A project involving great technical complexity, it will mark a turning point in this iconic sector. Its implementation received a favourable report from the Department of Environment and Sustainability of the Government of Andorra. The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) submitted by ENSISA includes the entire ski platform project and covers all areas: floral inventory, accesses to the works perimeter, respect for the river channels, wastewater management, protection of water habitats, etc. An overall landscaping project is also being considered.
 
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
  1. Access to the Soldeu walkway in 1966.
  2. Widening of the Soldeu bridge, in 1998 to the present time.
  3. New base in the Soldeu sector, Winter 2018-19.

 
 
RENOVATION PROJECT OF THE BASE IN SOLDEU:
 
The construction of the platform meets 3 objectives:
  • Prepare the arrival of the Avet slope as the venue for the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup finals to enhance the potential for tourism and international prestige.
  • Provide Soldeu with an area comparable to that of may Alpine ski resorts, bringing the town closer to the snow.
  • Solve a long-running shortage of parking by providing underground parking with room for 450 vehicles.

 

A WORLD-CLASS BASE
 
This new infrastructure will symbolise the drive for constant innovation, enabling to position the ski resort at the top international level and show the best Andorra and its snow industry have to offer.
 
 
 

 

ORGANIZATION

HONOR COMMITTEE
Honor President President

Vicepresident

Rt. Hon. Mr. Antoni Martí The Hon. Mr. Mandicó Mr. Albert Coma
Head of Government Executive Council Mayor of Canillo Andorran Ski Federation President
  Organising Committee President  

HONOR COMMITTEE
Rt. Hon. Mr. Francesc Camp Toursim Minister
Rt. Hon. Mrs. Olga Gelabert Culture, Youth and Sports Minister
Mr. Jaume Martí Andorran Olympic Committee President
Mr. Joan Viladomat Ski Andorra President
Mrs. Sandra Codina Ordino-Arcalís Ski Club President
Mr. Joan Llena Andorra Ski Club President
Mrs. Silvia Mandicó Soldeu Ski Club President
Mr. Jaume Bousquet Pas de la Casa- Grau Roig Ski Club President
Mr. Daniel Escabrós Arinsal-Pal Ski Club President
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Mr. Conrad Blanch CEO
Mr. Jordi Pujol Chief of Race
Mr. David Hidalgo Corporate Director
Mr. Enric Barbier Operations Director
Mr. Ton Naudi Technical Director
Mr. Alfonso Torreño Marketing Director
Mrs. Irene Casasayas

Media

Mr. Marc Mitjana General Secretary
Mr. Carles Visa Andorran Ski Federation

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Your day at Grandvalira will be what you want it to be. We offer you all the different possibilities. They form the experience, your experience takes… well, you choose that!

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RATES 2018-2019 SEASON

1 DAY SKI PASSES
DAY PASS Adult Junior
(12-17 yrs)1
Child
(6-11 yrs)2
Buy
RPP* Online** RPP* Online** RPP* Online**
Full day9 51 € 50 € 46 € 45 € 35 € 34 € Online
Half day (from 1 pm) (offline) 38 € 33 € 28 €
Morning pass (9 am to 12 pm) 27 €
Senior pass (65-69 yrs)4 (offline) 30 €
Senior Gold pass5 (offline) Free
Baby pass6 (offline) Free
Beginner3 (offline) 33 €
Pedestrian (two ascent and two descent trip)7 12 €
Insurance (1 day)8 To be confirmed
Lost-pass cover (1 day)* To be confirmed  

* Lost-pass cover: Free replacement pass in the event of loss.

Two options:

  • PREMIUM: Add lost-pass cover to your ski insurance at a reduced cost, to be confirmed.
  • LOST-PASS COVER: If you don’t have ski insurance, you can purchase lost-pass cover, price to be confirmed.

Lost-pass cover can only be purchased at the ticket office, as you have to present your pass in order to apply. The cover can be purchased at any time, although it must cover the full duration of the pass. It does not apply to the Season Pass or the Pass Plus+.

 

MULTI-DAY SKI PASSES
MULTI-DAY PASSES Adult Junior
(12-17 yrs)1
Child
(6-11 yrs)2
Buy
RPP* Online** RPP* Online** RPP* Online**
2 days © 94,40 € 92,40 € 86 € 84 € 63,60 € 61,60 € Online
3 days © 141,60 € 138,60 € 129 € 126 € 95,40 € 92,40 €
4 days © 188,80 € 184,80 € 172 € 168 € 127,20 € 123,20 €
5 days © 225,50 € 220,50 € 202 € 197 € 151,50 € 146,50 €
6 days © 270,60 € 264,60 € 242,40 € 236,40 € 181,80 € 175,80 €
7 days or more (per day) © 45,10 € 44,10 € 40,40 € 39,40 € 30,30 € 29,30 €
3 days' skiing over 5 days 148,20 € 145,20 € 137,10 € 134,10 € 103,20 € 100,20 €
5 days' skiing over 7 days 236 € 231 € 215 € 210 € 159 € 154 €
7 days' skiing over 10 days 330,40 € 323,40 € 301 € 294 € 222,60 € 215,60 €

*Prices with taxes included. **Discount valid on purchases made in advance at our website. View details of the promotion. © Ski pass for consecutive days.

Opening date: December 1, 2018 - Closing date: April 22, 2019 (weather conditions permitting).


REMARKS:

1. Junior (12-17 years): Born between 2001 and 2006. Official proof of age required.
2. Child (6-11 years): Born between 2007 and 2012. Official proof of age required.
3. Beginner ski pass (1 day): Available for the following sectors: Encamp, Canillo, El Tarter, Grau Roig and Pas de la Casa.
4. Senior ski pass (65-69 years): Born between 1949 and 1953. Direct sale at ticket office. Official proof of age required. Price per day.
5. Senior Gold ski pass: Grandvalira understands "Senior Gold" the adults born in 1948 or before. Direct sale at ticket office. Official proof of age required.
6. Baby ski pass: Grandvalira consider "Baby" a child born in 2013 and after. Direct sale at ticket office. An official proof of age is required.
7. Pedestrian pass: it cannot be used for skiing. It includes two ascent and two descent trips in the same day.
8. Medical insurance: Has to be purchased through the online sales platform or upon arrival at the ski resort, before the first skiing day. It can not be purchased if you have already used the ski pass.
9. Discounts: 4% of discount for groups of more than 25 paying visitors (included). To apply the discount the ski passes must be of the same type, 25 ski passes Adult or Junior or Child, the discount would not be valid if they were, for example: 20 Adults and 5 Children. Not available: From 22/12/2018 to 06/01/2019.

 

 

Please note that  prices are considered as final prices, meaning all taxes included (4,5% IGI included for ski pass ). Should taxes be modified during the season, prices will be modified accordingly (please take this information into account).

 

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ACCOMMODATION

Grandvalira is offering accommodation for anyone who wishes to be part of the greatest snow event which the Principality hosts, The Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals 2019, and it will take place at the Avet de Soldeu and the Àliga slopes in El Tarter Sector during March 2019.


Application Terms and Conditions:

  • The accommodation request must be completed before no later than 15/11/2018 in order for us to guarantee the best possible conditions for availability and reservations. Applications received after 15/11/2018 will be processed according the availability at hotels at that time.
  • Applications will be attended to in the order they are received. We advise you to make your reservation as soon as possible, given the limited number of beds on days in question.
  • Reservation terms and conditions, confirmation is given in the offer which Grandvalira will send in following days once your request has been received.

CONTACT

VOLUNTEERS

The following form is intended to collect data from people interested in VOLUNTEERING at the next World Cup Finals Alpine skiing. Depending on the needs and requirements of the organization and the number of requests received will process SELECT if it were necessary.


The main REQUIREMENT is the MOTIVATION for contributing to the success of an international event of the highest level, there are many different positions where everyone can contribute their skills. Some positions require very good level of skiing, other languages... why so please you to fill requested data with maximum detail.


WE ARE A TEAM and together we will make history again working together for the 1st World Cup Finals in Andorra!

THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT !!!


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