On to the Ski World Cup in Sölden and Gurgl

The World Cup Opening in Sölden is regarded by skiing enthusiasts all over the world as a thrilling annual prelude to winter sports.

One of the greatest things is to experience the legendary ski races on site - like on 28 and 29 October 2023.

The premiere of the World Cup race in Gurgl on 18 November 2023 also promises excitement and great emotions. Be there!

The annual AUDI FIS Ski World Cup Opening has made Sölden synonymous with the anticipation of winter. Not only the elite of ski racing, but also winter sports fans worldwide look forward to the opening event year after year. Even before the World Cup weekend - this year from 27 to 29 October - the excitement is mounting. In Sölden, the athletes as well as the audience are greeted by an incomparable, tingling atmosphere. Around the highlight, you can also start the winter season in the glacier skiing area.

Save the date: World Cup Opening weekend in Sölden from Friday, 27.10. to Sunday 29.10.2023

30th World Cup Opening in Sölden as legendary ski World Cup classic

The World Cup Opening Sölden has long since become a legend and is already celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The two giant slalom races with a start at 3,040 metres are considered real classics of the Alpine World Cup winter. Apart from the final, they are the only races in the World Cup calendar where the men and women race on the same slope. For the racers, this giant slalom is considered the most difficult of the season.

Experience the world's skiing elite up close in Sölden

The long steep slope with a gradient of up to 65 percent is considered the biggest challenge and therefore the key point for the racers. The advantage for the spectators is that almost the entire race course is directly visible. The thousands of spectators in the finish area admire the technical skills of the world's best in person. At the same time, they can follow the hundredths of a second thriller with a quick glance at the intermediate time board and video wall. The whole thing is framed by the panorama of the Glacier Arena Sölden.  

Let yourself be inspired by the Sölden spirit

Hardly anywhere else can you experience the Ski World Cup as closely and comfortably as in Sölden. On Saturday and Sunday, shuttle buses run from Sölden directly to the World Cup site on the glacier. The use of the shuttle buses is included in the entrance fee and is also free of charge for ski pass holders. It is not only during the races that the spectators and fan clubs contribute to the unique atmosphere at the World Cup opener. The fan club parade is a highlight every year, and the after-show parties in Sölden keep the party going late into the night.
Further information at: www.soelden.com/de/winter/events/skiweltcup/zuschauer-fanclubinfo.html

Glacier Ski Opening on 29.09.2023 and Winter Ski Opening on 16.11.2023  

Just over a month before the World Cup Opening, Sölden is setting another highlight for ski and snowboard aficionados with the Glacier Ski Opening. Where the professionals of the Ski World Cup find world-class conditions, you too can make elegant turns on the wide, snow-sure 34.5 kilometres of pistes. On 16.11.2023, the entire Sölden ski area will be opened as a winter paradise of superlatives.

Save the date: World Cup weekend in Gurgl from Thursday, 16.11. to Sunday 19.11.2023

Premiere of the Ski World Cup in Gurgl and Ski Opening in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl

On 18 November 2023, Hochgurgl will be the venue for a slalom race in the Alpine Ski World Cup for the first time. The venue for the men's slalom could hardly be better chosen. The start will be on the Kirchenkar slope, the finish area is at the Top Mountain Crosspoint, where the fans will cheer on the top athletes. The race will be accompanied by an exclusive supporting programme at the Gurgl Carat Congress Centre. In addition, the ski season will start on 16.11.2023 with the Skiopening in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl.

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