An official press conference was held today to introduce the upcoming World Cup races in Gardena/Gröden and Alta Badia to several institutions and public agencies.
Ski sport, entertainment and gastronomy at the highest level is what the hosts from these two Ladin-speaking valleys plan to offer to athletes, spectators and guests this year. A total of four races are scheduled between December 16th and 19th: Super-G and Downhill on the Saslong, Giant Slalom and Slalom on the Gran Risa.
2000 volunteers will be in action during the World cup week. The four races will be broadcast live by 15 TV stations and another two dozen TV channels will be showing the races at delayed times. There are approximately 300 journalists expected to be working in the two valleys during those days.
All preparations are going according to plan with the exception of the snow production which is still causing a few troubles to the organizers. “Weather forecast notwithstanding, we are still pretty calm thanks to our past experiences. The lift company has a very powerful snow making equipment at its disposal. And temperatures can change quickly around here which means that the artificial snow production can be swift and effective in a minimum amount of time” says Stefania Demetz, General Manager of World Cup Gardena/Gröden.
“Overall the race course is well covered in snow” states Rainer Senoner, Race Director of Gardena/Gröden, adding: “Snow production was sub-optimal on the upper parts of the race course due to the thermic inversion at high altitude. Snow conditions on the lower part are good. A little more than 70% of the course is covered in snow.” Good snow conditions seem to be forming starting on Saturday night with temperatures expected between -6/-7C based on today’s weather forecast.
Ms. Demetz also commented on this year’s entertainment program saying: “Our strategy has always been to offer our spectators a great experience both in terms of sport event as well as entertainment program. The Tourist Office of St.Christina will create a true World Cup village right here in Gardena/Gröden. The pedestrian area will be host Christmas and holiday fair featuring South Tyrolean culinary specialities, music and entertainment. Visitors will be able to meet up in the World Cup igloos after strolling through the village. These are two tents with music and entertainment through the wee-hours of the morning.
Ticket offerings vary according to taste and price points ranging from €5 for the Super-G on Friday and €150 for two days VIP Hospitality Tent on both days of the race. Please visit www.saslong.org for more information ok klick here.