On the weekend before Christmas, there is all the excitement of the World Cup
when Alta Badia plays host on Sunday 18 December
to the Men's Giant Slalom
and on Monday 19
to the night-time event
on a lit-up slope, the Men's Giant Parallel Slalom
, an international race that is truly one of a kind. Some of today's top skiers will head downhill on the legendary Gran Risa slope, among them Marcel Hirscher, Ted Ligety and Alexis Pinturault.
Fairy godmother of the event will be none other than Tina Maze
who is as amazing as her name suggests. Formerly an Olympic champion skier
, she recently bade farewell to the slopes and is now a rock singer
, music being her other great passion. She will be appearing with her band to the delight of an audience made up of the general public, her fans and skiers, at a show taking place at 17:00 on Sunday 18, the prelude to the Giant Slalom prize-giving ceremony.
From Saturday to Monday there will be a successions of challenges, shows, partying opportunities
, from the bib draw
(Saturday 17, in La Villa at 19:00), the chance to meet some of the skiing champions, to the various après ski parties
that round off the racing days.
Also part of the World Cup event, on Monday 19 December
, from 09:30 to 16:00, is Test the Best
, in Piz Sorega at which the public can discover and try out all the new products for the 2016-2017 season
, including skis, helmets, clothing and innovative materials, presented by the leading brands in the sports equipment sector
, the companies belonging to the consortium Pool Sci Italia
and the Ea7 Armani