After the speed races in Val Gardena, the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit will move to Alta Badia.
Alta Badia is a ski resort in the Dolomites of northern Italy, in the upper part of the Val Badia in South Tyrol. It is included in the territories of the municipalities of Corvara, Badia, and La Val. Alta Badia is one of the 12 ski areas of Dolomiti Superski.
The prestigious ski resort in the heart of the Alto Adige Dolomites will welcome the 35th Alpine Ski World Cup on Sunday 20th December 2020, on the Gran Risa slope in La Villa, with the traditional Men's Giant Slalom, followed by a Slalom on Monday 21st.
The 15th December 1985 saw the first Men's World Cup Giant Slalom on the Gran Risa slope. Marcello Varallo, current president of the Organising Committee, managed to achieve his dream by bringing a Ski World Cup competition to his home in Alta Badia. The competition was won that day by Alpine ski legend Ingemar Stenmark, followed by the Austrian Hubert Strolz and by local champion Roberto Erlacher.
The program in Alta Badia will be the following:
Giant Slalom, Sunday, December 20th. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:30 (CET)
Slalom, Monday, December 21st. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:00 (CET)
In 2018, Marcel Hirscher dominated the race on the Gran Risa slope to take a record sixth straight win in the Alta Badia GS. Hirscher ends up with a massive 2.53 seconds ahead of Thomas Fanara, with Alexis Pinturault 2.69 behind in third.
Last season and after six years of Marcel Hirscher's supremacy, it was time for Henrik Kristoffersen (NOR) to step up and win an amazing Giant Slalom race in Alta Badia. Thanks to a sensational second run on rough terrain, the Norwegian climbed up from the fifth position to secure his 20th World Cup victory, 0.31s ahead of Cyprien Sarazzin (FRA) and further 0.08s faster than Zan Kranjec (SLO). He was the first Norwegian ever to win on the Gran Risa.
Madonna di Campiglio is a ski resort in northeast Italy. It is part of the comune of Pinzolo. The village lies in the Val Rendena at an elevation of 1,522 m. The ski reso