Adelboden set for steepest slalom races

4th January 2010, by Chris Gill

Pretty Adelboden in Switzerland

Pretty Adelboden in Switzerland

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup moves to Adelboden on 9/10 January, and one of the circuit’s steepest slalom courses – the Chuenusbärgli.

The men’s slalom and giant slalom races will take place in the Swiss resort on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January, with the Chuenusbärgli slope considered one of the most difficult race pistes for the two disciplines because of its steep start and finish.

The giant slalom starts at 1730m and the slalom at 1430m; the latter course is 592m long. Last year, Austria’s Benjamin Raich won the giant slalom in front of the 35,000 spectators.

This year’s festivities start on Friday 8 January, with ski teams giving a guided behind-the-scenes tour and the race draw taking place in the Maritplatz. The races begin the next morning. There are still tickets available for the finish area, costing from 25-58 euros.

Adelboden has hosted the World Cup races since 1967, improving access to the course with a new chairlift in 2005 (the previous old double had served the Chuenusbärgli slopes for 50 years). Since then, only three or four races have been moved or cancelled due to snow shortage. And race weekend is always a popular event among visitors. For recreational skiers and boarders, the area (shared with Lenk) offers 185km of largely intermediate terrain in pretty surroundings.


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