Sölden ski races mark begin of World Cup

Thrilling races in the middle of autumn await visitors at the World Cup opener in Sölden. The world's best skiers will meet on October 28 and 29, 2023 for the first giant slalom: On Saturday, the women will start, and on Sunday, the men will be in action on the Rettenbach glacier. Ticket sales are already in full swing.

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Starting house at 3,040 metres

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

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 the athletes face 41 to 56 slalom sticks, depending on the route.

>> See webcam with a view of the course

Fans 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. 5,000 meters of security fences and 4,000 meters of safety nets have been installed for security purposes, as well as 11,500 meters of cable to supply the necessary technologies.

>> See webcam with a view of the finish area


The defending champions

Already successful twice in Sölden: Marco Odermatt (SUI).
Already successful twice in Sölden: Marco Odermatt (SUI). © EXPA_GRO

Last year, Marco Odermatt from Switzerland, the winner of the overall World Cup, secured victory in the men's race for the second year in a row.

The day before, sleet and poor visibility made it impossible for the women to race. The reigning women's winner is thus Mikaela Shiffrin, who triumphed in the 2021 opener in October.

>> Athletes of the new season


World Cup Program in Sölden

Friday, October 27th 2023

17:00World Cup PartyGiggijoch Base Station
18:15Women's Bib DrawingGiggijoch Base Station


Saturday, October 28th 2023

10:001st run Women's GSLRettenbach Glacier
13:002nd run Women's GSLRettenbach Glacier
18:00Fanclub ParadeVillage Center
18:45Men's Bib DrawingGiggijoch Base Station
19:30Women's Award CerenomyGiggijoch Base Station

Sunday, October 29th 2023

10:001st run Men's GSLRettenbach Glacier
13:002nd run Men's GSLRettenbach Glacier
afterwardMen's Award CeremonyRettenbach Glacier

Thousands of spectators expected

Over 25,000 visitors are expected to observe the races this year.
Over 25,000 visitors are expected to observe the races this year. © Ötztal Tourismus

Up to 25,000 fans are expected at the opening in Sölden. Start number raffles and the women's victory ceremony will take place in the evening on the stage at Giggijoch Base Station. The World Cup parties and the fan parade will also be part of the supporting programme.

Online ticket sales have already started. Adults pay for standing places 26.50 euros for the day ticket in advance (29 euros at the box office on site). Young people have to pay 14 euros in advance (15 euros at the box office). Children born in 2015 or later are admitted free of charge. There will also be Grandstand seats, 2-day tickets, VIP tickets and special guest offers (read more).

Holders of valid ski passes (including Tirol Regio Card and Tirol Snow Card) do not need to pay admission to the World Cup races and have access to the standing areas at all times.




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last update on Nov 11, 2023