Our love story with the world cup

OUR LOVE STORY WITH THE WORLD CUP

Although the 2019 Alpine Ski World Cup Finals will be the biggest sporting event ever to be held in Andorra, our relationship with this FIS competition has been going strong for years. On several occasions, the Grandvalira ski station, which has had FIS-approved slopes since 2007 and 2013, has hosted both men’s and women's international events. Here we offer a brief overview of the history of alpine skiing in our country. It’s definitely a passion of ours!

Alpine skiing, the national sport of Andorra

Alpine skiing was officially declared as being of 'national interest' in Andorra in 1965. That's not just a recognition of us as people who enjoy the sport, with nearly 30 Olympic skiers in our history who have taken part in ten Olympic Games in recent decades. This sport can also be considered 'of national interest' at an organisational level. As Grandvalira is the largest skiable area in the Pyrenees, our dedication to hosting major events has led us to organise major international tournaments.

For example, we’ve held various European Cup events in the men's (2009 and 2013) and women's (2008, 2010 and 2011) categories, as well as the Finals of the competition in 2014, 2015 and 2018. This was first held on the Avet slope and as of 2014, in Avet and Àliga.

The Ski World Cup, in 2012 and 2016

The first time an FIS Alpine Ski World Cup event was held on Andorran soil was in 2012. We were proud to host the slalom and giant slalom trials that saw Tessa Worley and Marlies Schild crowned. Female skiers were also the stars of the show the Andorran Alpine Skiing World Cup 2016, the second and last to date. That year, the combined trial was won by Marie-Michèle Gagnon and the super giant was won by Federica Brignone.

Three of these four winners will also be competing in the Andorra World Cup Finals 2019: France's Tessa Worley, Canada's Marie-Michèle Gagnon and Italy's Federica Brignone, who is well-placed in her speciality (giant slalom) and in the overall standings.

Who will be crowned champion of the Alpine Ski World Cup 2019? Get your ticket now and come see it for yourself, in person. Of course, one thing’s for sure, both Soldeu and El Tarter will cement their rightful place on the map in the world's greatest skiing events. You can be sure Grandvalira will be hosting more competitions in the future!

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