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 22 and 23, 2022 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. There will be no Corona restrictions for spectators.

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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

Last year's winners

Women: Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Men: Marco Odermatt (SUI)

Spectators allowed again

After the races had to take place in front of a ghostly backdrop two years ago and access was still limited last year, the event can take place again this year without restrictions and Corona rules. Up to 25,000 fans are expected. The World Cup parties and the fan parade will also be part of the supporting programme. Start number raffles and the women's victory ceremony will take place in the evening on Postplatz in the town centre.

Online ticket sales have already started. Adults pay 23.50 euros for the day ticket in advance. This year, however, there will once again be a day ticket for 28 euros at the box office on site. Young people have to pay 11.50 euros in advance. Children born in 2014 or later are admitted free of charge. There will also be 2-day tickets, VIP tickets and special guest offers (read more).

Holders of valid ski passes do not need to pay admission to the World Cup races and have access to the standing areas at all times. Wheelchair users and people with 100 per cent disabilities also have free entry on both race days.


World Cup Program in Sölden

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

Friday, October 21th 2022

17:00World Cup PartyPostplatz Square
19:00Women's Bib DrawingPostplatz Square


Saturday, October 22th 2022

10:001st run Women's GSLRettenbach Glacier
13:052nd run Women's GSLRettenbach Glacier


World Cup PartyPostplatz Square
17:45Fanclub ParadePostplatz Square
19:00Women's Award CerenomyPostplatz Square
19:15Men's Bib DrawingPostplatz Square

Sunday, October 23th 2022

10:001st run Men's GSLRettenbach Glacier
13:052nd run Men's GSLRettenbach Glacier
afterwardMen's Award CeremonyRettenbach Glacier
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last update on Oct 23, 2022