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World Cup opening in Sölden
THE OPENING ON THE RETTENBACH GLACIER FROM 26.-28.10.2018

When the Ski World Cup keeps Sölden in suspense, the entire sporting realm turns the spotlight on the hotspot of the Alps. A quivering ambience. Superbly exciting moments. Expect plenty of sporting spirit.

Every year at the end of October keen ski fans’ hearts will be bursting with anticipation. The biggest stars of the ski scene will stand at the start line on the Rettenbach glacier, high above Sölden – and for the first time in the new season will take themselves to their limits. ‘Ladies first’ is the order of the day at the ski opening in Sölden too.

The ladies start off with the first giant slalom in the Alpine Ski World Cup. On Sunday the men show their mettle – and get the keen spectators rejoicing. The attractive programme of supporting events as well as World Cup parties in Sölden have long enjoyed cult status.

The 2018 programme
SKI FUN. EXCITEMENT. SPECTACULAR SHOW.

Friday, 26.10.2018
1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. FIS FORUM ALPINUM, Freizeit Arena Sölden
From 5.00 p.m. KRONE World Cup Party, Postplatz in Sölden
6.30 p.m. Start numbers drawn for the ladies, Postplatz in Sölden

Saturday, 27.10.2018
10.00 a.m. Ladies giant slalom, 1st run, Rettenbach glacier
Afterwards: Ö3 part
1.00 p.m. Ladies giant slalom, 2nd run, Rettenbach glacier
Afterwards Award ceremony for the ladies, Rettenbach glacier, Ö3 party
5.00 p.m. Fan club parade in Sölden town centre
6.30 p.m. Award ceremony for the ladies and prize giving, Postplatz in Sölden
6.45 p.m. Start number draw for the men, Postplatz in Sölden
Afterwards: KRONE World Cup Party

Sunday, 28.10.2018
10.00 a.m. Men’s giant slalom, 1st run, Rettenbach glacier
Afterwards Ö3 party
1.00 p.m. Men’s giant slalom, 2nd run, Rettenbach glacier
Afterwards Award ceremony and prize giving for the men on the Rettenbach glacier
Followed by Ö3 party on the Rettenbach glacier and award for the fan clubs

Information & tickets 2018
LET THE EXCITEMENT BEGIN!

Getting to the ski opening event in Sölden

Transfers & parking during the World Cup weekend

During the day of the Ski World Cup in Sölden parking is restricted right at the Rettenbach Glacier. On Saturday and Sunday shuttle buses will bring you to the World Cup arena and back. Your ski ticket is also valid on the shuttle buses and is your ticket to the World Cup event.

Entry prices

  • Spectator stands: € 57 per day (pre sale, entry to the race, seat in the stands, shuttlebus Sölden – glacier – Sölden)
  • VIP tickets: € 260 per day (entry & seating at the VIP stand on the respective day, meals & drinks in the VIP pavilion in the finish area, VIP parking lot)
  • FREE with your ski pass
    Your ski ticket gives you free access to the seats in the spectator area.

We are happy to organise your ski seat tickets for you.

The World Cup slope
FOR SIMPLY THE BEST

Facts & Figures

The ingredients for the perfect adrenaline hit

  • Start altitude: 3040 m
  • Finish altitude: 2670 m
  • Altitude difference: 370 m
  • Lowest gradient: 15.5 %
  • Steepest route section: 65 %
  • Average gradient: 33.1 %
  • Gates: between 41 and 56 gates, depending on the course
  • Speed of the race skiers: about 65 – 80 km/hour
  • Required material: 5,000 m security fence; 4,000 m safety net; 11,500 m cable, 210 m airfence, 260m fence
  • Finish area and stadium directly at the Rettenbach glacier – 1500 seats, press centre with 100 work stations, 15 live broadcast cabins

Video
WORLD CUP OPENING SÖLDEN

From times past to today
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE WORLD CUP OPENING

About the Skiing World Cup in Sölden

History & Records

In 1993 the Alpine Ski World Cup made a guest appearance for the first time here in Sölden. Since the millennium the giant slalom for men and ladies at the end of October has marked the official start of the international World Cup winter. Two years later, in 2002, history was written – Slovenian Tina Maze, Norwegian Andrine Flemmen and Austrian Nicole Hosp emerged as World Cup Race victors, with the same times. The victory record is held by Tina Maze, Ted Ligety and Hermann Maier, all three-time gold winners on the Rettenbach Glacier. Ted Ligety won in 2012 with the biggest margin – a whole 2.75 seconds separated him and second-placed Marcel Hirscher.

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