WORLD CUP FINALS 2019

Grandvalira 2019

ACTUAL

NEWS

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HISTORY

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 Slope: Avet (Grandvalira - Soldeu) Slope: 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 10:30 a.m.   Nations Team Event
16/3/2019 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m SL Ladies  
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. GS Men  
17/3/2019 9:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m. GS Ladies  
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. SL Men  
       

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.
 
 
 

 

GALLERIES

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CONTACT

CONTACT US

 

  • Secretary's office

    Bea Morales

    beamorales@soldeu.ad

    AD100 Canillo

    PRINCIPAT D’ANDORRA

    Tel. (+376) 890 500

  • Media

    Til 10 - Irene Casasayas

    irene@til10.es

    Tel. (+34) 679 42 14 45

    Tel. (+376) 339 498

  • Competition teams

    Anna Altimir

    anna@fae.ad

    Tel. (+376) 823 689

    Fax. (+376) 825 531

    Av.Dr. Mitjavila 17. Edifici El Pasturé, bloc 2, 1r

    AD500 Andorra la Vella. Principat d’Andorra

    www.fae.ad

  • Booking department Grandvalira

    worldcup@grandvalira.com

    Tel. (+376) 891 800

    www.grandvalira.com