Bormio and Semmering Preview

Bormio is a town and comune in the Province of Sondrio, Lombardy region of the Alps in northern Italy at the center of the upper Valtellina valley. This valley is a fundamental point in the history of alpine skiing. This is where champions such as Deborah Compagnoni and Pietro Vitalini started their careers and some of the most beautiful and meaningful pages of alpine skiing were written.

The FIS Ski World Cup 2020 will return to Bormio with a Downhill on December 28 and a Super-G on December 29.

Bormio has a well-earned reputation on the men’s circuit as being one the most challenging Downhill races in the world with racers facing a dark, fast, bumpy, and icy ride year after year.

Alongside the Streif of Kitzbuhel, the Stelvio slope is considered to be one of the most technical and spectacular slopes all over the world.

Champions of the caliber of Luc Alphand, Stephan Eberharter, Johann Grugger, Lasse Kjus, Hermann Maier, Daron Rahlves, Andreas Schifferer, Hannes Trinkl, Fritz Stobl, Bode Miller, and Michael Walchhofer have triumphed on the “Stelvio”.

It was inaugurated in 1982 for the first edition of the World Series. The course hosted two editions of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, in 1985 and in 2005. It also hosted two World Cup Finals, in 1995 and 2008. From 1993 the Stelvio has yearly hosted the World Cup Downhill Men.

Racecourse facts:

  • Start Elevation: 2255m (Downhill)

  • Finish Elevation: 1,245 m

  • Vertical Drop: 1010 m (Downhill)

  • Distance: 3250m (Downhill)

  • Max. slope: 63 %

Bormio Program (ITA)

Downhill. Monday, December 28th. 11:30 (CET)

Super-G. Tuesday, December 29th. 11:30 (CET)

Dominik Paris is the man to beat on the Stelvio. Bormio means a lot to the 31-year-old as many career highlights, including his first World Cup win, have come in the Italian town.

He set the record of victories in Bormio: 5 downhill races (2012, 2017, 2018, and a double in 2019) and a Super-G (2018).

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde won the last World Cup Downhill and Super-G races in Val Gardena on December 18 and 19, 2020.

The last skier to win successive World Cup Downhill events was Thomas Dreßen in February 2020 (Garmisch-Partenkirchen and SaalbachHinterglemm).

Beat Feuz finished in third place in the last World Cup Downhill race in Val Gardena to claim his first podium of this season. Feuz, who won the last three Downhill crystal globes, is hoping to claim his first WC Downhill win since 18 January, when he won in Wengen.