The world’s greatest places for a ski race

If you’re into high speed, high risk and stunning scenery, these are the places not to miss.
Marco Sullivan of USA racing during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2015 in Wengen, Switzerland.
Marco Sullivan racing in Wengen © Agence Zoom
By Riikka Rakic

1. Wengen, Switzerland
The Lauberhorn Races will take place for the 86th time this ski season. Can you think of a more stunning setting than the faces of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau in the Bernese Oberland? Watch out for the next edition on January 15-17, 2016.

Downhill racer Dominik Paris in action
Dominik Paris in action © Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom

2. Kitzbühel, Austria
The Streif is legendary for many reasons, such as the Mausefalle, and its final approach to the finish is without comparison. About 45,000 ski fans gather to watch the downhill every year. The 76th Hahnenkamm will take place on January 22-24, 2016.

Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy
Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy © Agence Zoom

3. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
The start of the Olimpia delle Tofane piste, or Tofana, in Cortina, is spectacular beyond belief. The ladies’ World Cup tour visits the Dolomites for an annual speed show. In addition, Cortina will host the World Champs 2021. This season the world’s fastest women, including Lindsey Vonn, will be in town from January 23-24, 2016.

Alexander Khoroshilov of Russia takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Slalom on January 27, 2015 in Schladming, Austria.
Alexander Khoroshilov at Schladming's night race © Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom

4. Schladming, Austria
The Schladming night race is a brilliant celebration for more than 40,000 fans and the world’s best slalom racers. The hill glows red with flares and boasts an atmosphere second to none. The 2016 event will rock the town on January 26.

Adrien Theaux of France during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Downhill on December 19, 2014 in Val Gardena, Italy.
Adrien Theaux flying high in Val Gardena, Italy © Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom

5. Gröden/Val Gardena, Italy
The Saslong in Val Gardena, South Tyrol, is one of the classics on the men’s tour and boasts the Sella Group as its backdrop. It is also famous for its Camel Humps, a series of successive bumps, and massive air off the jumps. Mark your diary for December 18-19, 2015.

Perko Rok racing in Beaver Creek, 2008.
Perko Rok racing in Beaver Creek © Agence Zoom

6) Beaver Creek, USA
Colorado’s Beaver Creek is iconic. The courses, Birds of Prey for the men and Raptor for the ladies, require the utmost skill to master, not least because of the high altitude at above 3,400m above sea level. The next races in Colorado will roll on December 4-6, 2015.

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