Jet men in Santa Caterina to test the challenging Compagnoni slope

After the races in Val Gardena most of the people involved in the speed World Cup events will move to Santa Caterina Valfurva for a training on the Deborah Compagnoni slope on Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20. The track will be the theatre of three Men’s World Cup races from December 27 to December 29. December 26 will be DH training time (at 11.30), the day after it’s going to be Super-G’s time (to replace the deleted one in Lake Louise) at 11.00. December 28 will be DH’s turn (at 11:45) and on December 29 there will be an Alpine Combined (Super-G at 10.30 and Slalom at 2.00).

Immediately after the race, the Austrians reach Hotel Palace in Bormio. The group consists of 8 athletes (Mayer, Reichelt, Baumann, Franz, Walder, Striedinger, Kirchmayr and Schweiger), six coaches, two physiotherapists and eight ski men. They’re going to rest tomorrow, waiting for Monday.

The Italian team’s headquarters in Bormio, instead, will be Hotel Rezia: Innerhofer, Fill and Casse are expected, while Paris will arrive on Tuesday, after the race in Alta Badia. The Canadian Cook and the Americans Weibrecht, Nyman, Ganong, Bennett and Biesemeyer are about to arrive as well.

The Deborah Compagnoni track is ready, the snow is perfect. This morning the installation of the B nets is about to be completed. On the occasion of the training on the race track, the passages and the many difficulties of the track will be signaled using a fluorescent green, instead of the traditional blue, to increase safety by giving better reference points to the jet men.


Positive snow control in Santa Caterina. This is the events’ programme

It’s green light for the Deborah Compagnoni track from Markus Waldner (Chief Race Director World Cup Men) and Hannes Trinkl (Race Director World Cup Men Speed Events) after this morning’s “snow control” on the pist where three races are scheduled at the end of December in Santa Caterina Valfurva (Sondrio). The FIS directors had already seen the track in the previous days and that of yesterday was only just a formal confirmation.

The track Deborah Compagnoni is in excellent snow conditions and the organizers are working to fix the last details. The lower part of the track has already been tested: six FIS races took place last week and now the entire track is ready to host the trainings of the Italian and Austrian teams on Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20. Meanwhile, other teams have already asked to train on the race track, taking its many difficulties into consideration.

This is the programme of the Men’s World Cup in Santa Caterina.

• Monday, December 26 at 11:30 am: Downhill training
• Tuesday, December 27 at 11 am: Super-G race (due in Lake Louise). Downhill training
• Wednesday, December 28 at 11:45 am: DH
• Thursday, December 29: Alpine combined (10:30 am Super-G, 2 pm Slalom)


The Lake Louise SuperG is rescheduled in Santa Caterina on December 27

Three men’s World Cup races are now scheduled of the track Deborah Compagnoni in Santa Caterina Valfurva. FIS has decided to reschedule the super-G which was previously scheduled in the Canadian resort of Lake Louise in late November (and cancelled because of lack of snow) in the Valtellina ski resort on December 27. The timetable has yet to be decided because the World Cup director Markus Waldner would like to schedule the second DH training just after the race.

The already scheduled races in Santa Caterina are the DH one on December 28 (at 11.45am) and the Alpine combined one the following day (a super-G at 10.30am and a slalom at 2pm).

The teams will arrive in Alta Valtellina on Christmas Eve, on the occasion of the first captains’ meeting, and the first DH training is scheduled on December 26.

Everything is ready in Santa Caterina, so much so that  the ski resort hosted 6 FIS races last week. Moreover the Italian team will train on that snow on Monday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 13 to become familiar with a complex track such as the Deborah Compagnoni one.

On Saturday, after the DH race in Val Gardena, the Austrian team will be in Bormio to rest and recover at the fitness centre and swimming pool at Hotel Palace. The  ‘Azzurri’ will arrive the same day in Bormio to stay at Hotel Rezia. The two teams will train together, on the Deborah Compagnoni, on Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20.




Presentazione gare FIS ALpine Santa Caterina Valfurva 2016 04The two Alpine Skiing World Cup men’s races were presented today in Milan, as part of the press conference organized by the non-profit organization “Cancro Primo Aiuto” to present Trofeo Walter Fontana, which includes winter sports races of all levels on the Valtellina slopes.

On December 28, the Deborah Compagnoni track in Santa Caterina Valfurva (Sondrio) will host the downhill race, while the next day it’s going to be Alpine combined time (last year it took place in Kitzbuehel – Aut), which will consist of a super-G and one slalom manche. You can already ski in Santa Caterina and six European Cup slaloms are currently scheduled on the slope starting from yesterday and up to Saturday.

The press conference took place at Palazzo Lombardia and was attended by Antonio Rossi (Regione Councilor for sports) and Viviana Beccalossi (Regione Councilor for territory), Flavio Roda (Fisi President), Marco Rocca (Livigno), Maurizio Gandolfi representing the races’ Organizing Committee and Omar Galli (race director).

Gandolfi explained the exceptional friendliness of Alta Valtellina when speaking of the World Cup. “No other ski resort can count on two tracks of the highest level just a few kilometers from each other such as Bormio and Santa Caterina. In the near future we would like to go back to Bormio, but we know we can always count on the openness of Santa Caterina for its unique climatic conditions, representing a guarantee.”

View the interview made during the presentation




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This morning people in Santa Caterina Valfurva – home of the Alpine Skiing World Cup Men’s downhill race on December 28 and of the alpine combined one on December 29 – woke up with a thick snowfall.

It’s the first real snowfall of the season in the town (on top of Mount Sobretta snow had already fallen). It’s just a few centimetres of snow, but enough to prepare the basis where – in the upcoming days – when the temperatures are expected to drop – artificial snow will be made.

It’s a good start for the Deborah Compagnoni slope, where the type A nets have already been placed, while the type B one will be placed only once the snow base is ready. The Santa Caterina ski area will open on December 3 but FIS races are scheduled from November 29 to December 2 and it’ll be a great test ahead of the World Cup.


Santa Caterina in Soelden for the Alpine Skiing World Cup 2016-17 opening

The Alpine Skiing World Cup 2016/17 starts tomorrow with the women’s giant slalom taking place in Soelden (Aut). It’s a special edition celebrating the 50th birthday of the event that started in 1967. Santa Caterina is in Soelden to introduce its two-day programme of December 28 and 29.

Last year the men’s downhill race on the Deborah Compagnoni track proved to be the most exciting event of the season and was won by the French Theaux, first place before the Austrian Reichelt. And of course you all remember that race for that pole stuck for 20 endless seconds to Christof Innerhofer’s helmet. This year, the race will definitely be of the same technical level because the slope is full of all possible difficulties a jet man can face when racing.

In the summer the works to prepare the slope made an even safer track which is already considered by athletes and experts a true cathedral of this discipline. Two jumps have been renamed: the “salto delle Reti” – after the parabolic Daytona curve – is now dedicated to Pietro Vitalini; the “salto del Gallo” – just before the “Canalino” – has a new name which is a tribute to Christof Innerhofer.

This year, the programme in Santa Caterina is enriched by another race, the men’s super combined, which was usually scheduled in Kitzbuehel. The first super combined event will be the super-G (and the width and variety of the track are perfect for a very spectacular tracing) while the second will be the slalom.


Innerhofer in a famous Italian TV programme

Fabio Fazio con paletto e bandierina!

Christof Innerhofer has been one of today’s host of the famous Italian TV programme “Che tempo che fa”, along with the pole and the flag that made ​​him famous in Santa Caterina on December 29, 2015! He got a phenomenal 4th place after hitting and stranding a gate at over 100 km per hour and competing in unique circumstances.

Experience the pure adrenaline of the event, together with the protagonists of that memorable day that made Adrien Théaux DH king of the Deborah Compagnoni slope.


Thank you all!

The last 10 days have been thrilling and full of emotions , from the DH victory of Adrien Théaux on December 29, to the first place of Nina Loeseth in the Ladies’ slalom and the podium of Marcel Hirscher in Men’s slalom.

A special thank you to all those who worked hard for the success of these world events, to the many volunteers who devoted some of their precious time to make the show even more exciting and to the many, many fans who passionately enjoyed the many moments of great skiing and pure adrenaline on the Deborah Compagnoni slope.


Credits img: Ivan Carabini


Hirscher is the winner in Santa Caterina

Respect for Marcel Hirscher. People wondering what being a champion means please watch Marcel Hirscher’s second slalom run in Santa Caterina (So) – the slalom that was originally due in Zagreb and later cancelled because of lack of snow. The Austrian who won the last four World Cups didn’t find the right pace in the first run, being the course too tight and slow. He was third with 3/100 of a second behind the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen and 10/100 from the Russian Alexander Khoroshilov.

But in the second run he was definitely faster, he risked it all and had his revenge on Kristoffersen – who beat him in the two previous slaloms of the World Cup season. The young Norwegian is second (21/100 of a second behind Hirscher) while Khoroshilov is third (32/100 of a second).

It was a difficult race for the “Azzurri” instead. They were probably influenced by the results of the previous two slaloms – Val d’Isere and Madonna di Campiglio. On a track where they needed to attack from the first centimeter of the first run they looked like they mainly wanted to cross the finish line without trying to get to the limit. Stefano Gross, at the start with bib number 1, was only 17th (+1″36 from the first run leader Alexander Khoroshilov). He did better in the second run and at the end he got a 12th position (+1″99).

Giuliano Razzoli was unlucky: he was 22nd in the first run, he was doing very well in the second one, but a hump stopped his race. Patrick Thaler was 14th and eventually gained 16 positions in the second run with a third partial time. Riccardo Tonetti is 23rd. Manfred Moelgg was out of the games in the first run. He lost support and fell on the pole. He had a trauma to his left iliac crest that required a more thorough diagnostic check at the hospital in Sondalo where, however, they didn’t notice further damages. Ballerin and the newbie Sala were out in the first run and a feverish Roberto Nani did not qualify for the second run.

Considering the problems with snow, many teams will stay in Santa Caterina to train during the next few days, before being back on course on Sunday in Adelboden (Switzerland).


Credits: Marcel Hirscher FB profile 

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