Let the season begin!
The traditional ladies' and men's Giant Slalom are confirmed on 22nd and 23rd October on the Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden (AUT). Once more, the traditional Audi FIS Ski World Cup opening got green light thanks to efficient work from the local organising committee.
On 14th October, day of the official snow control, the situation was pretty clear: the conditions for the World Cup Opening in the following week are excellent. "The slope preparation is already so perfect, that we could race this week-end! It's better than it has been in the past 10 years", said FIS Race Director Markus Mayr. Together with Rupert Steger (OeSV), Rainer Gstrein (Chief of Race) and Isidor Grüner (Chief of Course), the decision was easy to make, especially as the snow making system and the snow depot could be completed with some fresh snow. The green light for the ladies race on 22nd and the men's race on 23rd could be given without any doubts.
The event will also kick off the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the FIS Ski World Cup. The exclusive presence of Heinrich Messner, winner of the first World Cup race in Berechtesgaden, will be one of the highlights of the races in Sölden.
As usually, the ski family also gets togehter in Sölden to discuss the upcoming World Cup season. Different press conferences, as well as the traditional Alpine Forum are organised during the days before the races. You'll find the full program on the event's website.
Here are some amazing pictures from the past few days on the Rettenbach Glacier: Photo Gallery