The FIS World Cup Slalom opening will take place in Levi, Finland on November 16 and 17, 2013. There will be a total of 170 athletes from 27 countries at the event.
During the weekend there are several comebacks taking place by injured athletes. The biggest Finnish alpine star Tanja Poutiainen will compete at Levi Black, her home race course, but also Austrian Marlies Schild and German Suzanne Riesch are coming back as strong slalom skiers. In the men’s category Bode Miller (USA) opened his season already in Sölden but Frenchman Julien Lizeroux has trained hard and enjoyed skiing during the fall heading for slalom opening at Levi.
FIS Race Director Hans Pieren confirmed the event during Thursday’s official FIS snow control inspection. “The conditions on Levi’s race course are so good this year that the confirmation of the races is just a formality. The Organizing Committee and the snowmakers have worked very well,” he said.
The entire racecourse is covered by a meter of snow (over three feet of snow) and the weather forecast looks good for the upcoming weeks.
The World Cup Levi slalom opening races will take place Nov. 16 and 17 with the following program:
Ladies’ slalom – Saturday, 16.11.2013, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC – 10:00/13:00 CET
Men’s slalom – Sunday, 17.11.2013, starting times 11:00/14:00 LOC – 10:00/13:00 CET