Mark your calendars and make sure you don’t miss the first speed races of the Ski World Cup season at Lake Louise.
Positive snow control confirmed that conditions are great and preparations are running smoothly. Lake Louise is ready, once more, to deliver two great races featuring the fastest skiers in the world! The countdown has started, less than two weeks and all of this will be reality!
Darrell MacLachlan, Chief of Race for the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup advised that the snow and preparations are on schedule. “The Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup race organizing committee has reached positive snow control for the men’s downhill and super-G races on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2019,” states MacLachlan. “The efforts of our race organizing committee, our Sled Dog volunteers, the Net Crew and the entire team at the Lake Louise Ski Resort means we can confirm the 2019 races are a GO.”
The Lake Louise World Cup marks the opening of the speed events on the FIS World Cup tour. “The cold October and November weather in Lake Louise, along with enhancements in snow making at the Lake Louise Ski Resort, not only allowed for a Nov. 1 opening for the general public, but it allows for our race track to be well established in advance of our first training run, scheduled Nov. 27, 2019,” stated Brian Lynam, Race Chairman, Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup.
The fastest ski racers in the world will descend on Lake Louise for the first men’s downhill and super-G races of the World Cup season, followed by the women’s downhill and super-G races.
MEN’S DOWNHILL — November 30, 2019
MEN’S SUPER-G — December 1, 2019
WOMEN’S DOWNHILL — December 6 – 7, 2019
WOMEN’S SUPER-G — December 8, 2019
The Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup is notorious for its epic early season snow, the proximity fans have with the athletes and the intimacy of the hamlet of Lake Louise, nestled pristinely in Banff National Park.
Fans from across the globe will watch as these athletes take every risk to achieve the ultimate goal. Standing on the podium means dropping 800 vertical metres downhill at speeds up to 130 km/h on a three kilometre track in just about a minute and a half. Just as gritty is watching these athletes navigate the gates of a super-G as they do everything they can to keep their skis against the snow and carve through the ice. Fast and exciting, yes.
This is the only event of its kind in Canada and is broadcasted globally to 214 million viewers. Better yet, it’s free to watch from the finish at Lake Louise Ski Resort. No lift ticket required.
Following the two weeks of men’s and women’s FIS World Cup racing, the Lake Louise Ski Resort will also host the 2019 NORAM races featuring the next generation of alpine speed racers.
Visit lakelouiseworldcup.com for more information and to take a look at the full list of race day activities.
Photos: Alpine Canada