Grandvalira and Andorra as a whole are getting ready for the biggest sporting event the country has ever organised: the 2019 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals. This event, organised by Grandvalira and the FIS (International Ski Federation), brings together the world’s best professional skiers for 8 days in both the women and men's categories. Here we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about the event: what it is, when and where it’s being held, who the most prominent participants are... Not to be missed!
What is the FIS Ski World Cup?
This competition is one of the most important winter sports events in the world, surpassed only by the Olympic Winter Games every four years and the World Skiing Championships, held every two years. The races are held during the winter months across dozens of different stations, with a points system across four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super giant and downhill. This all comes to a head at the finals, the only event of the season at which all the male and female events take place at the same resort. That's what’s happening in Andorra in 2019!
When and where are the Finals being held?
The resort charged with hosting the Ski World Cup Finals is Grandvalira, more specifically, Soldeu and El Tarter, on two of the best ski slopes in Andorra. The first slope is Avet, in the Soldeu Grandvalira sector, spanning some 1,200 metres (nearly 4,000 feet) and with a maximum incline of 70%, it's ideal for the slalom and giant slalom races. The second slope will be Àliga, in the El Tarter sector of Grandvalira. There, we’ll be holding the two alpine speed disciplines (downhill and super giant). All this will be taking place from 11 to 17 March 2019.
Who will be taking part in the FIS Skiing World Cup Finals 2019
Grandvalira will be hosting the world’s 25 best professional skiers, in both the male and female categories, plus the junior champions of each discipline. Among the men, the big name tickets include Marcel Hirscher, the slalom king from Austria who has dominated the competition in recent years. Mikaela Shiffrin, from America, is another big name, who has staked her claim as the name to beat in General with the slalom and the super giant. Apart from these two aces, who most would have no problem calling the best skiers in the world, their opponents also promise to put up a worthy fight and offer a great show. These contenders include the Austrian Max Franz and the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen in the men's competition and the Swiss Michelle Gisin and the Slovak Petra Vlhová in the women’s.
Don't miss out on the chance to come attend this major alpine skiing event and get your tickets to watch the FIS World Cup Finals in Grandvalira!
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What's nearby ?
Borda les Reineres d’Incles Mountain Hut
The Borda les Reineres d’Incles guarded mountain hut is a traditional Andorran ‘borda’ situated in the Incles valley.
Mountain Hostel Tarter
The Mountain Hostel Tarter is a traditional borda (mountain cabin) that has been entirely renovated. It's located at the heart of El Tarter, surrounded by nature.
The Hotel Comapedrosa d’Arinsal is located at the foot of the Vallnord-Pal Arinsal ski resort slopes and has a stone-walled mountain style.
Hotel Kyriad Comtes d'Urgell
The 3-star Hotel Kyriad Comtes d’Urgell is on the Avinguda de les Escoles in Escaldes – Engordany, very near the Caldea spa leisure complex.
The Hotel Coray is in the centre of the village of Encamp and near the Funicamp, the cable car to Grandvalira.
The Hotel Cosmos, very close to the Caldea spa leisure centre is a 3-star premises with 149 large, airy rooms.
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