In Sölden Austria, the winter season starts very early! High above Sölden on Rettenbach Glacier will be the first meet of the season for the women and men’s alpine racers on the occasion of the FIS Alpine World Cup Season Opener. “Ladies first” is the slogan of the Women’s giant slalom held on Saturday while the Men’s competition takes place on Sunday. Thrilling moments and loads of action await you!
The main village of Sölden is located at 1,368 meters above sea level. The highest peak is the Wildspitze which is at 3,768 meters the second highest mountain in Austria after the Grossglockner. Sölden is a very popular ski resort.
The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the year traditionally takes place on the slope located on the Rettenbach glacier, a high-quality icy track with the starting gate situated over 3,000 meters in altitude.
The first World Cup opener took place on October 30, 1993 and the French speed specialist Franck Piccard took the first honor on the Austrian snow, by winning the men’s giant slalom. A day later home racer Anita Wachter claimed the win in the ladies’ event. After a two year stint Sölden re-launched the World Cup circuit in 1996. Swiss Steve Locher and German star Katja Seizinger sealed the victory in the GS.
Some of the stars to have made it to the top 3 spots in Sölden are Hermann Maier, Eberharter, Schilchegger, Christian Mayer, Andrine Flemmen, Martina Ertl, Bode Miller, Stefan Eberharter, Frederic Covili, Aksel Lund Svindal, Michaela Dorfmeister, Anja Paerson, Denise Karbon, Daniel Albrecht, Kathrin Zettel, Tina Maze, Nicole Hosp and a few more…
Save the dates:
26 Oct 2012 GS Women
27 Oct 2012 GS Men
09.30 am: 1st run 12.45 pm: 2nd run