Women's Val d'Isere Speed Weekend Preview

The world's fastest Women will gather in Val d'Isère (France) this week for the first speed events. Two Downhills and Super-G races are scheduled to take place in the French resort of Val d’Isère. As scheduled, the races will take place on 18th, 19th and 20th December 2020.

Val d'Isère is a high altitude village located in the Savoie, recognizable by its charming Chalet architecture. In 1936, the Rogoney, the resort's first drag lift at the bottom of Solaise came into operation.

Val d'Isere offers skiers one of the most incredible Ski Paradises in the Alps: the Espace Killy, the Val d'Isere and Tignes combined skiing area, named in honor of Jean-Claude Killy, all-time French best skier who won 3 gold medals in the 1968 Olympic games. A playground for every skier that stretches from 1550 to 3450m, with 300km of prepared pistes and two glaciers (Pissaillas Glacier in Val d'Isere and the Grande Motte in Tignes) as well as some magnificent and easily accessible off-piste opportunities.

The resort hosts every year Men's and Women's races of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. The men's Downhill, Super-G, and Giant Slalom of the 1992 Albertville Olympic Winter Games were held on the Face de Bellevarde. The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2009 were also held in Val d'Isère.

This winter "The Critérium de la Première Neige à Val d'Isère" celebrates its 65th 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.

Last season Corinne Suter won the Downhill and Super-G crystal globes. She became the first woman to win both speed globes in one season since Lindsey Vonn in 2014-2015.

Suter finished in the top-six in each of the six World Cup Super-G events last season. Her only (career) Super-G win came in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in February 9, 2020.

In Downhill she finished on the podium four times (three in second place and one at the top in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee).