Grandvalira is working to ensure the organizational and sporting success of the finals of the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup

11/03/2017 - 08:15

Grandvalira has already started to organize the finals of the 2019 Alpine Skiing World Cup. Today marks exactly two years until Andorra and its “Domain of Snow” celebrate the biggest event in the country's history. The organizing committee has already started drawing up its sporting plans, which promise to firmly place the Pyrenean principality on the world map once again. Grandvalira will become the focus of media attention from 11 to 17 March 2019 when the 25 best skiers in the world compete for the top title.

 

Grandvalira at Aspen

This week, a delegation from the Grandvalira organizing committee has traveled to Aspen, Colorado in order to observe the finals of the 2017 World Cup and exchange experiences with the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the staff of the American resort.  In order to ensure the 2019 event is an organizational and sporting success, some of the members of the organizing team have spent the season visiting different stops on the ski circuit, such as Altenmarkt in Austria, Zagreb in Croatia and Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany.

 

The competition venue: iconic Avet and legendary Àliga

The iconic Avet piste, located in Grandvalira’s Soldeu sector, will host the technical disciplines of slalom and giant slalom. Aficionados will recall that Avet was chosen to host the trials of the Women’s Alpine Skiing World Cup in 2012, and that its classic route, approved by FIS in October 2007, has been specially prepared to make sure it is a safe yet spectacular choice for alpine skiing competitions at the highest level. The piste is almost 1,200 meters long, with a maximum gradient of 60% and a north-western orientation to guarantee high-quality snow. The skiers who competed in Grandvalira’s first-ever World Cup were full of praise for Avet. The German skier Maria Hölf-Riesch, winner of the World Cup for the 2010-2011 season, went so far as to say it was “the best giant piste on the circuit”. 

Seen from a bird’s eye perspective, the Àliga slalom (SL) and super-G (SG) pistes comprise a giant “X” identical to the Grandvalira logo. The slopes are capable of hosting speed trials and technical disciplines, and are approved by the FIS. In recent years they have been specially prepared to ensure the safety of the skiers as well as spectacular performances. The Àliga SG piste is 2.17 kilometers long, 60 meters wide and has an altitude difference of 600 meters. Competitors can reach speeds in excess of 120 km/h. 

 

The schedule

From 11 to 17 March 2019 the finals of the World Cup will take place on the slopes of Àliga in Grandvalira’s El Tarter sector and Avet in the Soldeu sector.  Monday and Tuesday will be reserved for practice sessions, while on Wednesday 13 the Àliga piste will host the downhill (DH) discipline. Thursday 14 and Friday 15 will witness the SG and National Team events, respectively.    At the weekend, the action will move to the Avet piste, with the women’s SL and men’s SG taking place on Saturday, and the men’s SL and women’s SG taking place on Sunday.

 

2018 European Cup finals: the next major event is less than one year away

From 13 to 18 March 2018, one year before the arrival of the World Cup, Grandvalira will host the finals of the 2018 European Cup.  It is the third time that Grandvalira, the largest ski resort in southern Europe, will be home to the final stage of Europe’s premier ski competition. The trials will take place on the Avet and Àliga pistes in the Soldeu and El Tarter pistes, respectively. The event will also serve as a test run for the finals of the 2019 World Cup. It should also be noted that Grandvalira has hosted a total of seven European Cups: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, the latter two of which were finals.

 

The impressive winter spectacle generates great figures

The alpine skiing elite descended upon Grandvalira last year for the 2016 Women’s World Cup, which included such leading names from the world of winter sports as Lindsay Vonn and Lara Gut. Last season’s event also generated great figures for the resort and for Andorra as a whole.

 

For example:

·         292 million potential TV viewers across 35 broadcasters around the world (Source: Infront).

·         Over 4.4 million euros in media income between Spain and France (Source: Acceso and Kantar Media).

·         200 accredited media professionals.

·         10,000 people viewed the competition live in Grandvalira.

·         300 volunteers contributed to the successful organization of the event.

·         15 kilometers of protected areas around the Àliga piste.

·         1,300 hours of mechanized snow grooming.

 

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