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Soelden Ski Races mark Begin of World Cup

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last update on Oct 16, 2019

Thrilling races, cheering crowds and unforgettable party nights await visitors from near and far once again this year in Soelden. The best athletes in the world compete against each other on October 26th and on the 27th at the Ski World Cup. While female athletes start on Saturday, the Men's races will be held on Sunday. The start of the World Cup also marks the begin of the legendary après-ski season in the Tyrol skiing area.


Starting house at nearly 10,000 feet

View from the starting house at almost 10,000 feet
© Ötztal Tourismus View from the starting house at almost 10,000 feet

The Rettenbach Glacier's special feature is its difficult incline of up to 65%. From the starting house at an altitude of 3,040 meters (9840 feet) the athletes face 46 to 54 slalom sticks, depending on the route. In 2017, an artificial wave was built in order to extend the even part of the slope and give the athletes the opportunity to accelerate again towards the end of the race.

>> See webcam with a view of the course

Nearly entire run visible for spectators

Fans travelling to the Ski World Cup will be able to see almost the entire course from their stands and seating areas. And there is a lot to see, with athletes reaching maximum speeds of 85 kilometers per hour (53 miles per hour). 7,000 meters (23,000 feet) of security fences and 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) of safety nets have been installed for security purposes, as well as 11,500 meters (38,000 feet) of cable to supply the necessary technologies.

>> See webcam with a view of the finish area

Over 25,000 visitors expected

Races start at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.
© Ötztal Tourismus Races start at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday.

The Ski World Cup is popular among winter sports enthusiasts, with over 25,000 visitors expected to cheer on the athletes in Soelden. The fan club program has a long tradition here and its parade through the city center will take place on Saturday at 5 pm. The fan club award ceremony will be held on Sunday afternoon on the stage at the Rettenbach Glacier.

>> All dates: Ski World Cup 2019/20

Tickets starting at 20€

Tickets for the events, which include the use of the shuttle busses, can be purchased online and at the ticket centers in Soelden. They are cheaper if purchased online, with prices for the stands starting at 20€ in comparison with 24€ at the ticket centers in the village. Prices for the popular seating tickets start at 57€. Visitors who have already purchased a ski pass do not have to pay for a ticket and can watch the races from the standing areas.

World Cup program in Soelden

Friday, October 25th 2019

starting 5 pmKrone World Cup PartySoelden Postplatz square 
7 pmWomen's bib number drawingSoelden Postplatz square


Saturday, October 26th 2019

10 am1st run Women's GSLRettenbach Glacier
1 pm2nd run Women's GSLRettenbach Glacier
starting 5 pmKrone World Cup PartySoelden Postplatz square
5:45 pmFan Club ParadeSoelden city center
7 pmWomen's award ceremonySoelden Postplatz sqaure
7:15 pmMen's bib number drawingSoelden Postplatz square


Sunday, October 27th 2019

10 am1st run Men's GSLRettenbach Glacier
1 pm2nd run Men's GSLRettenbach Glacier
following 2nd GSLMen's award ceremonyRettenbach Glacier


Skiing during the World Cup

Slopes at the Tiefenbach Glacier are open as well.
© Ötztal Tourismus Slopes at the Tiefenbach Glacier are open as well.

While athletes compete for points in the World Cup, regular skiers can enjoy all the other slopes at the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach Glaciers. 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) of slopes are ready to be skied on. The joys of casual skiing and observing the athletes can be combined as well, as a ticket in the standing area at the World Cup is already included in the ski pass!

>> See all highlights in the Soelden skiing area


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