South Tyrol Ski Trophy: Franz leads ahead of Jansrud

The South Tyrol Ski Trophy is a prize for the racer who scores the highest number of FIS points during the combined four races in Val Gardena/Gröden and Alta Badia. At the moment, Downhill winner Max Franz from Austria leads with 136 points. Second is Kjetil Jansrud from Norway (122 points) followed by fellow countryman Aleksander Kilde (120 points) in third place.

The prize is intended to underline the importance of two traditional South Tyrolean World Cup venues and rewards its winner with a prize of Euro 20,000. Max Franz from Austria is leading after counting both the Super-G and Downhill races in Val Gardena/Gröden. A Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom will be held in Alta Badia on Sunday and Monday.

The current rankings can be found here.

In addition to the money prize, the winner will receive a portrait in the form of a life-sized wooden bust produced by 3DW, a local company from Val Gardena/Gröden. Furthermore, a special dish named after the winner will be created by renowned culinary chef Norbert Niederkofler for this occasion. Ski fans will be able to enjoy this dish in mountain huts throughout the Dolomite region during this year’s winter ski season. Lastly, a South Tyrolean bubbly drink will be bottled carrying a label especially designed for the winner who will be invited to spend his next holiday in South Tyrol.

Each contender has to race in at least one race in each Val Gardena/Gröden and Alta Badia. Another condition is Monday’s Parallel Slalom in Alta Badia as the award ceremony is taking place after that race. In the event of a tie in total points, the award will go to the athlete with the better single result.