Alta Badia Giant Slalom Races Preview

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 36th Alpine Ski World Cup on Sunday 19th December 2021, 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 19th. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:30 (CET)

Giant Slalom, Monday, December 20th. 1st run 10.00; 2nd run 13:00 (CET)

Last season, in a physically demanding Gran Risa Giant Slalom course, Alexis Pinturault showed all his ski toolset to win in Alta Badia.

Norwegian Atle Lie McGrath, finished second after an outstanding race started with bib 29.

Justin Murisier showed incredible skiing, especially in the second run, climbing up eight positions to finish third 0.24 seconds behind Pinturault.