Val d’Isère has been taken over this week by the Criterium de la Premiere Neige. The first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup race of the European calendar has seen ski fans flock to the base of La Face and OK to see the top racers in the world tackle the famous Olympic slopes.
First came the men’s races, with the pros flying down the iconic Le Face de Bellevarde. The fans were in fine form, cheering on the racers, particularly their French heroes. Victor Muffat-Jeandet rewarded the home fans with a podium finish in the Giant Slalom. Marcel Hirscher took home the win.
Norway’s Henrik Kristofferson spoiled Hirscher’s bid for a double win as he pipped the Austrian by +.09 seconds in the slalom. Britain’s Dave Ryding had a good showing, finishing 12th.
The opening ceremony of the 60th Criterium de la Premiere Neige (which oddly took place between the men’s and women’s events) saw hundreds of fans flock to the center of Val d’Isère to see the bib draw for the Women’s race and the firework display.
A showdown between superstars Lindsey Vonn and Lara Gut was expected in the Women’s Combined and Downhill events. They didn’t disappoint, as the American Vonn was pipped by +.01 seconds by the Swiss star Gut on the “OK” piste into La Daille in the Combined race.
Gut doubled up with a win in the Downhill race, as Vonn had a nasty looking twist on a roller. Watch the video below to see why she didn’t continue racing.
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An amazing week of festivities throughout the resort, with a great buzz and some amazing ski racing. If you get the chance to watch some World Cup racing this season, you definitely should. Why not watch the Ladies’ Downhill in St Anton on January 9th?
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