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Visit Andorra and catch the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals 2019

As part of our guide to visiting Andorra in the winter, here’s everything you need to know about one of the biggest ski events of the year – hosted by Andorra for the first time in 2019

By Time Out in association with Visit Andorra
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In 2019, from March 11 to 17, the world's top alpine skiers will compete in the finals of the World Cup in Andorra. That's right, the 25 best skiers from each category of the World Cup will head to Grandvalira's slopes and compete for the title in each discipline: slalom, giant slalom, super-G and downhill, in both the men and women's categories.

Not only is it thrilling to watch, but in the world of alpine skiing, these trials are the most important event worldwide, second only to the Olympics and the World Championships. Basically, it's the most prestigious winter sports event that has ever been held in Andorra - a historic milestone in waiting. So here's everything you need to know about the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals 2019.

 

Where's it happening?

Held at Grandvalira's Avet and Àliga slopes, this World Cup has an iconic backdrop.

First off, you can expect slalom at the Avet slope, in the Soldeu sector. It'll stage the technical slalom and giant slalom categories and since it faces North-West, snow quality is guaranteed. Stretching for nearly 1,200 metres and with its maximum incline at 60 percent, taking it on will be no easy sporting feat. It's been the centre of skiing attention before, too, hosting a race from the Women's Alpine Skiing World Cup back in 2012.

When it comes to the Àliga slope in the El Tarter sector, things get a bit speedier. With a dual route that when seen from above is X-shaped (just like Grandvalira's logo), it'll entertain the speed (Àliga SG) and technical categories (Àliga SL). In fact, Àliga SG is 2.7 km long, 60 metres wide and has an elevation difference of 600 metres, which is equal parts impressive and terrifying.

But if all the action has you on the edge of your seat: relax. Since these slopes were certified by the FIS in 2007 and 2013 respectively, constant improvement and maintenance works have been carried out to ensure skiers' safety and enhance the quality of their performance. 

The other events of the season

If you're looking for other events to catch then there's a pretty extensive list, too:

On 21st and 22nd of December, the prestigious 
Andros Ice Driving Trophy competes in Andorra on the circuit of Pas de la Casa.

For the eighth consecutive year, the Skimo Font Blanca Cup will be held in Andorra on January 26 in Vallnord Ordino-Arcalís and on January 27 in Vallnord Pal-Arinsal.

From March 2 to March 8, the events of the Freeride World Tour World Cup will take place at Vallnord Ordino-Arcalís.

From March 28 to 30, the Grandvalira resort will host the Total Fight competition at the El Tarter Snowpark for the Snow events and from April 4 to April 6, the Freeski modality.

From April 10 to 13, the Speed Skiing World Cup will be set up on the Riberal track in the Grau Roig area of Grandvalira. A must-see, the Riberal track is the only one in Europe equipped to host a competition of this type.

Phew. 

For more information, visit www.visitandorra.com

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