Lake Louise officially welcomed the world at the 2019 Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup

After a successful start in Soëlden, Austria, the 2019 Audi FIS Ski World Cup alpine speed season begins in three weeks.

Hosting both the men and women in the first speed events of the 2019 FIS Ski World Cup season, The Lake Louise Ski Resort, in the Canadian Rockies, was home to downhill and super-G races, November 30 and December 1, and again December 6, 7 and 8. Having an early opening, November 1, and record snow fall for so early in the season, the 400 plus volunteers, aka Sled Dogs, were put to the task to keep the world cup race course in Lake Louise in top shape through the 2 weeks of world cup racing.

As one of the few FIS Alpine world cups that hosts back to back both genders every year, the races at Lake Louise did not disappoint ski racing fans around the globe. During the opening men’s speed races, we saw back to back podium finishes for Italy’s Dominik Paris, second in both the downhill and super-G, and back to back ties for 3rd place. Germany’s Thomas Dressen took top place in the men’s downhill, the first German win in Lake Louise since 1991 when Markus Wasmeier won the super-G.

For the women’s races, Switzerland’s Corinne Suter stepped on the podium twice, with a 2nd place finish in the first downhill and 3rd place in the super-G. 2018 Olympic Champion, Ester Ledecka, of the Czech Republic, won her first-ever world cup alpine downhill race, December 6 and finished just off the podium in 4th place on December 7. Nicole Schmidhofer, of Austria, the 2018 Lake Louise downhill champion won for the 2nd year in a row when she bested Mikaela Shiffrin, from USA, by 0.13 seconds.

In women’s super-G action, starting with bib 31, Italy’s Nicol Delago stunned the field with a close 2nd place finish behind Germany’s Viktoria Rebensberg.

About Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup

Held in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Canada’s highest-profile alpine ski race features the first men’s and women's speed events of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season. First hosted in 1980, the Lake Louise World Cup event is the first outside Europe to be named to the prestigious Club 5, an organization that brings together the most famous and historic World Cup alpine race organizing committees. The event has become synonymous with the start of the ski season each winter. It also represents the only opportunity male and female Canadian alpine skiers have to win a World Cup on home snow.

The Lake Louise race course is one of the few stops on the Audi FIS Ski World Cup circuit where the men and women race on the same track. Although the track is slightly adjusted for the women, including a lower start, the track remains relatively similar for the women who race down it the weekend after the men.
3120 metres: Length of the men’s track
3059 metres: Length of the women's track
826 metres: Vertical drop of men’s track
796 metres: Vertical drop of the women’s track
40 Gates on the men’s downhill course in 2018
44 Gates on the women's downhill track in 2018

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