The FIS World Cup returns to the French Alps this year, with Courchevel back on the calendar as well as old favourites Chamonix and Val d’Isere.
The first fixture will take place in Val d’Isere this weekend (11th & 12th December) with the men’s slalom events and again on 16th to 19th December with the women’s downhill, super combined and super G events.
This is always a big event in Val d’Isere; there is loads of free entertainment at the foot of the pistes and the after-parties alone are worth visiting for (who can forget Lyndsey Vonn slicing her hand whilst trying to open a celebratory bottle of champagne with the tip of her ski back in 2009?!).
See the Val d’Isere Events Calendar for event schedules.
Next on the agenda is Courchevel on Tuesday 21st December. It will be the first time in 31 years that the resort has hosted the World Cup and they plan to make the most of it with 2 days of entertainments and celebrations, as well as the races themselves.
Monday evening gets things underway with an opening ceremony and figure skating gala at the Patinoire du Forum at Courchevel 1850 from 6pm.
All the races will take place on Tuesday from 10am at the Emile Allais stadium, with the prize giving taking place at 2pm. Entertainments will include an acrobatic airshow by the French Air Force Aeroobatics Team and a live concert with music by Irish rock group Dakota 66 and by internationally renowned band The Sway Allstars Orchestra.
See the Courchevel Events Calendar for event schedules.
The final French stage will take place in Chamonix from 29th to 30th January 2011. This is one of the most famous stages of the competition with the men’s downhill run on the Kandahar piste being a real spectator event; expect to see fans lining the piste all the way down, clanging cowbells and blasting away on Alpine horns! Highlights from the weekend will be screened in Chamonix in front of the tourist office in the evening and there will be a ceremony for all who competed.
See the Chamonix Events Calendar for event schedules.
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