Men's Val d'Isere Weekend Preview



This winter "The Critérium de la Première Neige à Val d'Isère" celebrates its 66th anniversary. The first edition of the event took place in 1955. The Criterium was formally adopted by the FIS in December 1968, and since then the event is a key stop on the Alpine Skiing World Cup calendar.


Race Program:


Saturday, 11.12.2021

  • 9:30 am 1st run Giant Slalom

  • 13:00 pm 2nd run Giant Slalom

Sunday, 12.12.2021

  • 9:30 am 1st run Slalom

  • 13:00 pm 2nd run Slalom


Alpine Skiing World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic Games. Only a few ski resorts can claim to have hosted all three and the racecourses on which the events of the three competitions took place can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The face of Bellevarde, in Val-d'Isère, is one of them.

La Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isère is one of the most iconic racecourses on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour.

The track was built for the 1992 Winter Olympics, designed by Swiss Olympic Downhill champion Bernhard Russi. Russi's idea was to design a course that was technical and demanding enough to satisfy the competitors, but which could also offer the public and the television cameras spectacular views of the most critical passages. The imposing slope of 1000 meters of vertical drop faces the village of Val d'Isère, guaranteeing an impeccable view of the race.

In 2009 a renovated racecourse hosted all the Men's events in the World Championships; and the technical events for women (GS, SL).


Last season due to lack of snow and unusually warm temperatures, the Men's Audi FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom events scheduled in Val d'Isère were canceled and rescheduled in Santa Caterina.


The last man to win a Giant Slalom in La Face de Bellevarde in Val d’Isère was Marcel Hirscher. Steep, hard, with a lot of terrain. Even in good conditions, this hill is not easy to ski, so in 2018 with poor visibility, wind, and snowfall, the task was even trickier.

But there was one skier able to perform no matter the conditions. It’s Giant Slalom king Marcel Hirscher. Starting with bib number 1, he laid down a time that no one would be able to match. Despite a +0.71 margin, he kept pushing in the second run, to win his 5th Giant Slalom win in Val d’Isère (2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2018).




Local Hero Alexis Pinturault made back-to-back wins in Val d'Isère in the Giant Slalom in 2016 and 2017.


The last Slalom hosted in Val d'Isère, in 2019, was won by Alexis Pinturault. He dominated the field picking up the victory by a 1.44-second margin. It was then his first in slalom in nearly six years. Second place went to Olympic champion Andre Myhrer, while Italian Stefano Gross rounded out the podium just 0.03 seconds behind Myhrer.