he Men's Alpine Ski World Cup will stop in Alta Badia in the run-up to Christmas, as is tradition. The two giant slaloms will take place on Sunday 17 and Monday 18 December on one of the most technical and challenging slopes of the entire Ski World Cup, where the best athletes at international level will compete. A festive atmosphere will welcome the numerous fans in the hospitality areas - Leitner VIP Lounge, Red Bull Energy Lounge and Gran Risa Chalet - at the foot of the Gran Risa. Tickets for the hospitality areas as well as for the grandstands and trackside can be purchased online, at www.skiworldcup.it
Those who do not have the opportunity to follow their favourites directly from the finish area, can cheer for them from home, thanks to the worldwide broadcast of the races, at 10.00 a.m. for the first run and at 1.30 p.m. for the second.
ON THE GRAN RISA THE SNOW IS SMART
The Organising Committee of the Ski World Cup in Alta Badia espouses a green-oriented tourism development model, based on the efficient use of resources. The snowmaking is always made with rainwater, transformed into snow, and then returned to the earth, in an eternal natural cycle. And then there is SnowMan, or Snow Management by the Skicarosello lift company. This is a system that acquires data such as the amount of snow produced by the cannons, relating it to the amount of snow on the ski slope and detected by the satellite systems (SnowSat) on the snow cats. This system is able to communicate in real time the amount of snow present when the slope is being groomed. This information is used to decide which snowmaking systems to operate and for how long, until the required amount of snow is reached. All this results in considerable savings of water and electricity, reducing the waste of these resources to zero. In addition to the Gran Risa, this system is active on three quarters of the slopes in Alta Badia.
In addition, the Gran Risa slope is at the centre of another innovative project. It is an app dedicated to the operators who are responsible for grooming the slope (a technique that guarantees perfect snow cover for all World Cup athletes, including those who start last). The app makes it possible to monitor the condition of the piste at sensitive points, the weight of the snow, internal and surface humidity, air temperature and many other parameters.
TROPHIES 2023: SPORT AND NATURE UNITED IN ART FOR FUN AND REFLECTION ON THE FUTURE TO BE BUILT TOGETHER
The trophies, which will be awarded to the top three finishers, will again this year be the work of artist Daniele Basso, author of the GIGANT sculpture, installed at the start of the Gran Risa slope for the 30th anniversary of the event.
The themes chosen for the 2023 Giant Slalom race trophies of this edition are Sport and Nature. The trophies, created by artist Daniele Basso, made entirely of steel, an eternal material, and laser-carved, create a space in which to reflect. „The mountain today has become accessible to many,“ says the artist, „they need to be taught how to experience it in the right way.“ The theme of environmental protection thus also becomes central to international events and manifestations such as the Ski World Cup in Alta Badia. „This year's trophies," the artist points out, "speak of sustainability and the environment linked to sport. In the shape, from bottom to top, a few drops of water, smaller and smaller, are transformed by the hands, a metaphor for man's doing, into snow crystals. A fundamental element for the territory“.
Saving water and optimising energy from renewable sources are important results, achieved while still guaranteeing the highest quality of performance of the course, as is indispensable for hosting a World Cup event. „The trophy therefore celebrates the commitment of the Organising Committee of the races and the entire Ladin territory, in respecting the environment and the magnificent Dolomites, in order to offer the world a marvellous spectacle that, in winter, has its climax in the race! We must remember, however, that even through sport one can experience the environment and the mountains in a healthy way, for one's own well-being, and as a challenge to grow through authentic experiences to take with us into everyday life. To keep alive the bond with nature, the basis of our existence!“
THE MGZN+ IN ITS SECOND EDITION
The online magazine, called MGZN+ (Magazine Plus) is relaunched and gets new and even more appealing content. It is a dynamic magazine, dedicated entirely to the Ski World Cup in Alta Badia, capable of capturing the attention of the reader, who in addition to reading the articles, has the possibility of delving deeper into the contents read, through videos, slide-shows of images, or by making purchases online, thanks to the e-shop button. mgzn.skiworldcup.it
SUNRISA: SKIING AT DAWN ON FRESH SNOW, BEFORE ENJOYING A HEARTY BREAKFAST AT 2,000M
Skiing on fresh snow, before anyone else, is a truly unique experience. The experience becomes even more magical if you do it in the heart of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on Alta Badia's slopes, where the best athletes will be going head-to-head at the Alpine Ski World Cup during the same period, all topped off with an excellent breakfast at 2,000 m a.s.l.
On Monday 18th December, the ski slopes on the plateau of Alta Badia will be opening at dawn, giving ski enthusiasts the chance to see the sun rise at 2,000 m a.s.l. and ski down the slopes that have been perfectly prepared the night before by the many snowcats that work in the area. What’s more, there is the chance to enjoy a hearty breakfast, based on genuine and healthy products, at the Club Moritzino, Ütia I Tablá, Ütia de Bioch, Ütia Piz Arlara and Ütia Las Vegas mountain huts. Each hut will be paired with a specific breakfast item, such as milk, cereal, eggs or fruits. The various dishes on offer have been created with the support of the nutritionist Elena Casiraghi and they contain the essential ingredients for a perfect breakfast, guaranteeing the right number of calories and nutrition for each leg of the breakfast route from one mountain hut to another.
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS: UNITY IS STRENGTH
The OC Alpine Ski World Cup Alta Badia would like to thank all partners for their support. The partners and sponsors of the World Cup races in Alta Badia are an integral part of the event and contribute to making also this edition unique and special. This confirms the solid relationship that has been established over the years between partners and the OC Alpine Ski World Cup Alta Badia.