Men's Val Gardena/Gröden Speed Weekend Preview

Val Gardena will host two races, a Downhill, and a Super-G, on Friday and Saturday.

Val Gardena/Gröden is a valley in Northern Italy, in South Tyrol. Three beautiful villages with predominantly Ladin-speaking communities are located in the valley after the valley of Pontives, also called Porta Ladina: Val Gardena Ortisei Selva, and Santa Cristina. Val Gardena is located at the heart of the Dolomites, a place declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. The Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 meters and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs, and a high density of narrow, deep, and long valleys.

The Dolomites Val Gardena ski area is part of the Dolomiti Superski, a world-famous network of 12 ski areas in the Dolomites and 1.200 km of slopes. The ski pass includes also the famous Sella Ronda. The ski tour of the four Dolomite Passes around the Sella massif, is one of the most spectacular in the world. The tour can be done easily in one day, without removing your skis and passing through the four Ladin valleys: Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Val di Fassa, and Arabba.

Val Gardena is home to the Saslong Classic, a Men's World Cup Downhill race.

In 1967, the International Ski Federation decided to host the 1970 Ski World Championships in the valley. The first World Cup race was held in Val Gardena/Gröden on February 14th, 1969.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1970 were held in Val Gardena, from February 8–15, 1970. For the only time, results from the World Championships were included in the World Cup