June, 14th 2018
For the fifth year in a row, Grandvalira will receive the World Cup of one of the most ancient modalities of the Ski world: Speed Skiing. From April the 5th to the 7th, the Grau Roig sector will be full of emotion and expectations to know who will win the two challenges that the world fastest skiers will be competing for.
At the beginning of the XX century, to take a break from their task, the workers of the gold and wood mines of the rocky mountains of the United States started to arrange meetings and little competitions between them. In 1930, the first official competition took place in Saint Moritz and since then, great skiers as Leo GASPERL or Steve MCKINNEY has participated and innovated in this modality, or like Simone ORIGONE who stablished in 2015 the world record at the speed of 252’632 km/h.
The Riberal slope of Grandvalira’s Grau Roig sector will be again in charge of the development of the challenges of the Downhill (SDH) and the most important one: The Speed One (S1). Besides its 900m, and its 450m brake zone, this year the slope will have a 10m high and 18m long tower to guarantee a perfect start for the skiers. The 200m difference between the slope’s highest and lowest points and its 74% maximum gradient will allow them to reach speeds of more than 200 km/h, assuring a weekend full of adenaline.
The FIS SPEED SKIING WORLD CUP will be one of the most intense events of the season, and from Park Piolets, we will not miss it.