The world's top alpine skiers will compete, from 11 to 17 March, in the finals of the 2019 World Cup—on Grandvalira's slopes. The 25 best skiers in each category of the World Cup will compete for the title in each discipline: slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill, in both the men and women's categories.
In the world of alpine skiing, these trials are the most important event worldwide, second only to the Olympics and the World Championship. This will be the most prestigious winter sports event ever held in Andorra, and it will certainly be a historic milestone for the Principality's sports-related standing.
The trials will be held at Grandvalira's Avet and Àliga slopes
The iconic Avet slope, in the Soldeu sector, will be the stage of the technical slalom and giant slalom categories. In 2012, a race of the Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup was held on the very same slope. It's nearly 1,200 metres long and its maximum incline is 60%. Since it faces North-West, snow quality is guaranteed.
The Àliga slope in the El Tarter sector, whose dual route, when seen from above, is X-shaped—just like Grandvalira's logo—, will host the speed (Àliga SG) and technical categories (Àliga SL). Àliga SG is 2.7 km long, 60 metres wide and has an elevation difference of 600 metres.
Since these slopes were certified by the FIS in 2007 and 2013, respectively, constant improvement and maintenance works have been carried out to ensure skiers' safety and enhance the quality of their performance during all of the events that have been held there. The zenith will be the Finals of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup in 2019.