2019 Val di Fassa will welcome the world’s top junior Alpine athletes in the middle of the Dolomiti Superski ski area, the biggest ski resort of the globe. From February 18 to 27, 2019, the 38th edition of the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships will see the more than 500 athletes from 50 nations under the age of 20 converge on the Italian resort. A ten-day schedule will feature eleven world championship competitions at the two locations, Pozza di Fasa and Passo San Pellegrino.
The technical disciplines (slalom, giant slalom, team event and the combined competitions) will take place at the Skistadium Aloch in Pozza di Fassa, while the speed disciplines will be organised on La Volata slope at Passo San Pellegrino. The other venues of the event are at Canazei, where the Opening Ceremony will be held, Moena and its Medal Plaza.
Many of the great World Cup athletes of today are veterans of the Junior World Championships. Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen has won six junior titles, Austrian Marcel Hirscher has won three gold medals and Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, Sofia Goggia and Federica Brignone are just some of the big female names who participated at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships. Last winter, Marco Odermatt (SUI) took five medals.
The winter in Val di Fassa will start with four European Cup test events in December and January.
The FIS Junior World Ski Championships Val di Fassa 2019 are also promoted by the local athletes competing in international events: skiers Chiara Costazza, Stefano Gross and Federico Liberatore, snowboarders Mirko Felicetti, Caterina Carpano, Giorgia Locatin and Emil Zulian, Cross-Country skier Caterina Ganz and freestyler Igor Lastei. The official mascot of the event has been drawn by a student of the Artistic high school and represents a snowflake on skis. Named Neif, the mascot also serves to promote a solidarity project with Fondazione Ospedale Pediatrico Meyer of Florence.
The test events
December 17, 2018 – Pozza di Fassa – European Cup: men’s giant slalom
December 18, 2018 – Pozza di Fassa – European Cup: men’s giant slalom
January 17, 2019 – Passo San Pellegrino – European Cup: ladies downhill
January 18, 2019 – Passo San Pellegrino – European Cup: ladies downhill
2019 event schedule
February, 18 – opening ceremony and men’s downhill training
February, 19 – ladies’ giant slalom – men’s downhill training
February, 20 – ladies’ giant slalom – men’s downhill
February, 21 – men’s super-G
February, 22 – ladies’ super-G and team event
February, 23 – men’s combined
February, 24 – ladies combined
February, 25 – men’s giant slalom and ladies’ downhill training
February, 26 – men’s slalom and ladies downhill training
February, 27 – ladies’ downhill