The countdown has already begun! We are less than 1 month away from the FIS Ski World Cup Finals for men and women. From March 11th to 17t 2019, we will have the opportunity to see up close the 25 best skiers in the world who will glide along the slopes Avet and Àliga in Grandvalira.
To host a competition of this magnitude, the station has had to make a long trip and bet vigorously for continuous innovation and offer the best conditions both of snow and facilities. Today we are presenting you the other main characters of the event... with the permission of the great figures of this sport.
The mythical Avet track
We are really lucky to be close to one of the scenarios where the tournament is played. The Avet track is at only 500 meters from the hotel is, in the Soldeu sector, which meets the optimal conditions to host this type of competition as it did last year with the European Cup Finals or the Ladies Final World Cup in 2012. In this slope, which was approved by the FIS (International Ski Federation) in 2007, we will enjoy the Slalom and Giant Slalom races.
To improve the base of the Avet slope, a large infrastructure has been built flying over the Valira river. It ensures a greater braking area for skiers at the same time that offers more space to install a stand to accommodate more viewers. The infrastructure also links the ski station to the Soldeu village, with a large underground parking.This great work began in August of 2017.
The Avet track has a total length of 1,259 meters, a maximum slope of 70%, a maximum height difference of 416 meters and a north-west orientation, which guarantees the quality of the snow. This is also the place chosen to celebrate the opening ceremony, a great party with a light, sound and fireworks show, which will bring all the participants of this competition together on March 12th.
The emblematic Àliga
With a length of 2,800 meters, 60 meters wide and a vertical drop of 756 meters, the Àliga slope of El Tarter sector in Grandvalira (at only 5 minutes by car from the hotel) has an average slope of 28.20% and a maximum of 56%, northwest / northeast orientation. It is the famous track that draws an X on the landscape of the station, which you have surely seen on more than one occasion. The Àliga SG and the Àliga SLE, both homologated by the FIS, will host the speed contests: the Downhill and the Super-G. This slope allows to reach up to 120 km/hour.
The Àliga track has also hosted some finals before, being the setting for several competitions, such as the European Cup Finals, which was held in 2018 at the same station and served as a prelude to this year World Cup Final, to place Andorra on the map and confirm how well it can be done at the organizational, facilities and services level.
As a curious fact, note that there will be a total of 57 cameras distributed in the 2 tracks, and that more than 40 km of cable will be shot (remember that the tracks have a length that does not reach 3 km), so that the retransmission of the event can reach the whole world. The best 25 skiers will participate; more than 600 people will work on the event (counting with the staffs of each team and the station) and more than 400 volunteers will help the organization.
Park Piolets hotel is proud to participate very enthusiastically in this final since it will host the Captain Race and some of the members of the FIS. We will also host the Race Office in the Font Argent events room, becoming the nerve center of the decisions taken in the development of the competition.
Do not miss anything and check here the entire program of the FIS SKI WORLD CUP FINALS ANDORRA 2019