FIS World Cup Grandvalira Soldeu-El Tarter 2016: Show, organisation and party
The start of the World Cup is just one week away and all of the teams involved in the organisation of this elite sporting event, which will once again make Andorra a reference in the world of alpine skiing and winter sports, are finishing the preparations and all the details to once again achieve a collective success.
The volunteers, a key factor in the World Cup’s organisational structure
Close to 300 volunteers of all ages, almost all of them residents in Andorra and linked to the world of winter sports and ski clubs, will once again be a key factor in the organisational structure of the World Cup Grandvalira 2016 event that will take place on the 27th and 28th of February.
The appointments of this large and motivated collective have been in motion for months, allocating each person in one of the three main working areas in accordance with their profile and interests.
Therefore, those who collaborate in the technical area will always be working on the course and will be in constant contact with race direction, the drifting team and with tasks associated with timing among others.
On the other hand, the volunteers that are part of the logistic area will be in charge of, among other things, putting up and taking down the start and finish areas and distributing the spectators in the stands.
The volunteers assigned to the administrative area will collaborate with the press room offering support to the media, at the race office or welcoming the best skiers in the world.
The resort’s restaurant service, 100% committed to the event
Another large area with a key role in order to achieve organisational success in the World Cup is the restaurant service.
The workload during the World Cup days will increase by 20% in order to offer their services to all the groups involved and for the festive events that have been programmed. This increase is added to the regular larger workload that this service endures during high winter season. Therefore, it will be a big challenge to achieve excellence in combining the operations of the World Cup services with the regular daily restaurant ones.
A continuous brunch service will be offered to the racers from 7.00am until 1.00pm at Arrosseria Restaurant (El Tarter sector) on the 26th, 27th and 28th of February. Breakfast and lunch for the organisational team and volunteers (25th 28th of February) will be available in the volunteer tent located in Riba Escorxada (El Tarter), and the group of journalists and accredited media will have a continuous service of refreshments in Sala Polivalente, located next to the Press Room, on the 26th, 27th and 28th of February. Furthermore, there will also be a VIP breakfast-brunch service and cocktail food served throughout the World Cup weekend.
Side events for the spectators
The 500 people who attend the laser show, torch-lit descent and fireworks that will take place at Plaza de Soldeu on Friday 26th of February will also be treated to hot chocolate, coca and mulled wine to welcome the World Cup from 7.30pm. It will be a show of light, colour and magic that will light up Grandvalira, symbolising the start of the 2016 World Cup.
On Saturday 27th of February, the floral ceremony and awards ceremony for the top three racers of the morning’s Super-G race will take place in the Canillo Ice Rink at 6.30pm. It will be followed by the public draw for the race numbers of the Alpine Combined race that will take place on Sunday the 28th.
Lastly, on the afternoon of Sunday the 28th and to finish off the event in the best possible way, there will be free grilled sausages for 1,000 people and the big World Cup Closing Ceremony on the terrace of L’Abarset, at the foot of the Grandvalira-El Tarter slopes. The World Cup Trade Village will also be located here, where brands such as Caldea, Oakley, Rossignol, Dynastar, Head and Kask will organise activities for the spectators and there will be products on offer from Danone, Aneto and Coca Cola.
More than 4,000 people will be cheering on at the finish line of the World Cup
The best option to enjoy the full experience of the Super-G (Sat. 27th) and Alpine Combined (Sun. 28th) races will be to experience them from the stands set up at the finish-line area of the Àliga course (El Tarter de Grandvalira sector), which can accommodate up to 1,200 spectators.
One of the best options to follow the World Cup races live and cheer on the skiers that will cross the finish line is to do so from the stands located at the finish-line area of the Àliga course. However, this is not the only spot, because there will be other areas with capacity for 2,800 people next to the stands, which will also be full of spectators cheering on the show put on by the best racers in the world. You can also enjoy the whole event on the giant screen that will show all of the races live.
World Cup Schedule
Friday, 26th of February 2016
9.00am – 12.00pm: Free practice on the competition courses
5.00pm – 6.00pm: Captains meeting and race numbers draw
7.30pm: Laser show, fireworks and torch-lit descent to the Avet course (Grandvalira-Soldeu)
Saturday, 27th of February 2016. Super-G (SG)
10.30am: Ladies Super-G, Àliga SG course
12.30pm: Floral ceremony at the finish area
6.30pm: Awards ceremony at the Canillo Ice Rink
6.45pm: Public race numbers draw at the Canillo Ice Rink
Sunday, 28th of February 2016. Alpine Combined (SC)
10.30am: Super-G race, Àliga SG course
1.30pm: SL race, Àliga SL course
3.00pm: Awards ceremony at the finish area
4.00pm: Closing ceremony at L’Abarset, at the foot of the Grandvalira-El Tarter slopes