Bormio Stelvio Races 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.

Bormio has a well-earned reputation on the men’s circuit as being one of 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. Since 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:

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

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

Super-G. Thursday, December 30th. 11:30 (CET) Replaces Lake Louise

Last season Matthias Mayer leads a 1-2 Austrian Podium in Bormio. In a spectacular Downhill, Mayer edged teammate Vincent Kriechmayr by +0.04 seconds for an Austrian 1-2 finish.

Urs Kryenbuehl finished in third place +0.06 seconds behind Mayer.

Last season Ryan Cochran-Siegle scored his first Alpine Ski World Cup victory in the Bormio Super-G. Cochran-Siegle beats Vincent Kriechmayr and Adrian Smiseth Sejersted to become the first American winner on the Stelvio since Bode Miller in 2007.

Dominik Paris is the man to beat on the Stelvio. Bormio means a lot to the 32-year-old as many career highlights, including his first World Cup win, have come in the Italian town.