A SPARKLING WEEK END AMONG COMPETITIONS, SNOW AND EVENTS IN ALTA BADIA: DECEMBER 16-18, 2017
In December, the Men's Giant Slalom (17.12) and the Parallel Giant Slalom (18.12) in Alta Badia allows visitors to plunge into the exciting atmosphere of the Ski World Cup and experience an event-weekend of sports, snow, music, glimmering parties and starred cuisine in one of the most beautiful valleys of the Dolomites.
SKI STARS ON THE GRAN RISA Coloured banners and great enthusiasm on the bleachers: everything will be ready on Sunday, December 17th, for the Men's Giant Slalom on the famous Gran Risa (09.30 am), that with a maximum decline of 69% and a 448 meters altitude gap is one of the hardest – and most exciting – Ski World Cup's slopes. And there are news: with the new ski measures (193 cm of length instead of 195 cm) and the opening radium of 30 m. (instead of 35) agreed by the FIS, how will the ski-style of the athletes adapt, and how will the ski record on the Gran Risa change with the new rules? It's the new challenge of this year's Giant Slalom, enriched by the aerobatics by the Italian Frecce Tricolori - flying in the Dolomites-skies between the 2 manches. On Monday, December 18th, the magic replicates under the Gran Risa's starred sky with the Parallel Giant Slalom at night (06.30 pm), when athletes face off in pairs in a descent leading them to be extremely close on the way down, almost touching each other on some curves. This will be, for sure, an outstanding show. Ticket for bleachers' access from 15€ for both competitions. Pre-sales available on: www.skiworldcup.it
SPARKLING PARTIES ON THE MOUNTAINS Who will start first? Will I get the autograph of my ski-hero? The bib draw on Saturday night, December 16th, is always a must, with the music by DJ Benzoni and the local band Wisetime – authors of the Alta Badia's World Cup hymn "Let's Rock" (from 05.30 pm in La Villa). The official Award Ceremony of the Giant Slalom on Sunday, 17th of December, after the race, is a further opportunity to applaud your heroes on the pop and rock notes of Tracy Merano & Band, young south-tyrolean artist on the rise (from 04.30 pm, La Villa). Other weekend events in Alta Badia include the World Cup Party on Saturday December 16th , with music, bar service and dining (from 08.00 pm, Gran Risa Parterre); the officialafter race party World Cup Night in Corvara, on Sunday 17th (from 05.00 pm, L'Murin, Corvara) and the World Cup Pub on Monday 18th, with music by DJ Fiore and GoGo Girls (from 08.00 pm, Gran Risa Parterre). Moreover, throughout the long-weekend of the World Cup, celebrations will be held in various clubs, bars and pubs in Alta Badia. Where to party – that will be a hard choice!
STARRED CHEFS AND THE BEST SOUTH TYROLEAN GOURMET CUISINE The exquisite South Tyrolean cuisine is a further element of the Ski World Cup in Alta Badia. On Sunday, 17th of December, starred chefs Gerhard Wieser** (Trenkerstube, Hotel Castel di Tirolo) and Theodor Falser* (Ristorante Johannesstube, Nova Levante) will prepare, four hands, an exceptional menu, combining local savours and ingredients with an international touch for the guests of the LEITNER Ropeways VIP Lounge, meeting point of VIP and personalities during the competitions' days. On Monday, 18th, dinner will be hosted by Gottfried Messner, Restaurant Braunwirt, Val Sarentino, and by Alex Pfattner, Hotel Ristorante Taubers Unterwirt, Feldturno. With an amazing view on the Gran Risa through beautiful glass-windows, the LEITNER Ropeways VIP Lounge is a highly refined location to experience, in all comfort, both competitions, and it's enriched by an Alpine Lounge (coffee and aperitif bar) and crystal lamps by Faustig. Tickets to the LEITNER ropeways VIP Lounge: 195€ Sunday 17.12, 125€ Monday 18.12
TEST THE BEST ON THE ALTA BADIA SKI SLOPES First snow, new equipment: on the Ski World Cup weekend all the ski slopes will be open in Alta Badia, which is part of the Dolomiti Superski offer. On Sunday 17th and Monday 18th of December the successful Test the Best event will be held anew on the Piz Sorega: skiers can view and test the best among ski equipments for free – skis, ski boots and tech-wear. Moreover, the Alta Badia Ski Schools' instructors will be on site to help and guide visitors on the slopes. Test the Best: December 17/18, 09.30 am – 04.00 pm, Piz Sorega, San Cassiano
STAY IN ALTA BADIA To book a stay in Alta Badia, also during the Ski World Cup week-end, the reference website is: www.altabadia.org. During the Ski World Cup, a two-nights stay in a 3 stars hotel with breakfast, in double room, starts from 120€ per person. To book the tickets for both events, please visit: www.skiworldcup.it
Saturday, 16th of December 2017 17.30: Alta Badia Let's Rock, La Villa 19.00: Giant Slalom bib draw, La Villa 20.00: World Cup Party, Parterre Gran Risa
Sunday, 17th of December 2017 09.30: Giant Slalom, first manche 12.00: Frecce Tricolori 12.30: Giant Slalom, second manche 16.30: Tracy Merano and Band exhibition 18.00: Official Award Ceremony, La Villa 17.00: World Cup Night L'Murin, Corvara
Monday, 18th of December 2017 17.30: Warm Up Party PGS, DJ Max Benzoni 18.30: Parallel Giant Slalom, Gran Risa; Award Ceremony follows 20.00: Party World Cup Pub, Parterre Gran Risa
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