Audi FIS Ski World Cup opens in Soelden, favourite photos from behind the scenes

Game on! Last weekend, it was that time of the year again when the world’s best ski racers kicked off the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season on the Rettenbach glacier in Soelden (AUT).

Under sunny skies and in front of 14,500 cheering fans, Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) took the first win of the 2017/18 Audi FIS Ski World Cup season on Saturday, 28th October 2017. This marked Rebensburg’s second win at the venue since 2010. Coincidentally, she once again shared the podium with third-place finisher Manuela Moelgg (ITA), the same result as in 2010. Defending giant slalom globe winner Tessa Worley (FRA) claimed her first podium finish at the Austrian resort, squeezing into second place. 

Extreme high winds of between 90-120km/h on the Rettenbach glacier with the forecast of increasingly worsening conditions forced the Jury to cancel the opening men’s World Cup of the season on Sunday 29th October in the interest of safety for teams, officials, and the public.

Seen around the opening races

The excitement surrounding the Audi FIS Ski World Cup was growing throughout the week leading into the season opener. Athletes and media reconvened after a long break in the race calendar to kick off another winter of competition. A number of press conferences took place on the days prior to the weekend.

Click here for favourite photos from behind the scenes.

Next stop Levi

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour continues with ladies’ and men’s slalom races on 11th and 12th November 2017 in Levi (FIN) with the first men’s giant slalom of the season taking place in Beaver Creek (USA) on 3rd December. Both venues already have very good snow conditions.