At the age of 21 Bernhard Russi from Switzerland won the 1970 World Championship title on the Saslong (2:24:57) ahead of Austrian Karl Cordin and Australian Malcolm Milne. The best Italian racer was Marcello Varallo.
The skier from Gröden's neighboring valley Badia placed fifth behind Karl Schranz. Russi repeated his win at the World Cup race in 1972. French-man Jean-Noel Augert won the slalom on the "Ronc" slope and Karl Schranz the giant slalom on the "Third". Betsy Clifford from Canada won the women's' giant slalom World Championship and was probably the youngest winner in history. Annerösli Zryd from Switzerland became downhill World Champion And Ingrid Lafforgue from France won the slalom. American Bill Kidd and Michele Jacot from France won the combination titles of the Championship.