Visit the official FIS website for more details
Check out www.FISAlpine.com
Head over to the Facebook page
Watch Alpine Skiing videos on the official YouTube channel
Join the Twitter conversation for the Men's competition
Join the Twitter conversation for the Ladies' competition
- Levi, Finland
- 2010. 11. 13. 에 오전 12:00
- 2010. 11. 14. 에 오후 11:59
The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is one of the top international ski competitions in the world. Second only to the quadrennial Winter Olympics, it was launched back in 1966 and soon backed by International Ski Federation (FIS) president Marc Hodler. It became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 and the first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 5th of the same year.
Races are held primarily at ski resorts in the Alps in Europe, with regular additional stops in Scandinavia, North America, and east Asia. Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom. The racer with the most points at the end of the season is declared the World Cup champion, and inherits the coveted 9kg crystal globe trophy. Many consider the World Cup to be a more valuable title than the Olympics or the biennial World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several disciplines throughout the season, and not just in one race.
Levi is one of the largest ski resorts in Lapland. Situated 170km north of the Arctic Circle, it is Finland's most famous ski holiday resort. The Levi fell is 531 meters above sea level, it has 48 slopes and has one of the longest seasons anywhere in the world, often running October to June. The Finnish venue, which is the northernmost site on the World Cup circuit, has hosted World Cup events annually from 2004. In 2007 the event in Levi was cancelled because of poor snow conditions and unfavorable forecasts.