Tuesday, December the 1st 2020
GREEN LIGHT FOR THE MEN’S SPEED EVENTS ON DECEMBER 12TH AND 13TH
Following the snow control carried out on Tuesday, December 1st, experts from the International Ski Federation, Emmanuel Couder and Hannes Trinkl, have decided to give the go-ahead for the holding the Men’s speed events of the Critérium de la Première Neige on December 12th and 13th.
The snow control for the Women’s events on December 19th and 20th will take place on December 4th.
« It’s a relief after the disappointment at the cancellation of the GS races which should have taken place this coming weekend. We have chosen the right strategy by concentrating on the speed course which ought to let us organize two weekends of racing. The resort’s services and all the stakeholders of the organizing committee and the Club des Sports have done a remarkable job under difficult conditions to meet this challenge… This is a message to the mountain community which, in the current circumstances, needs to find its smile again », said Ingrid Jacquemod, Director of the Val d’Isère Club des Sports.
26th of November 2020,
CANCELLATION OF THE MEN’S GIANTS ON THE 5th & 6th OF DECEMBER
Following a meeting of the steering committee of the Critérium de la Première Neige, made up of the Organising Committee supported by the town hall of Val d’Isère and the various stakeholders of the event, the decision has been taken to cancel the Men’s Giant Slalom races scheduled for December 5th and 6th, 2020.
The snow controls for the Men’s speed events (December 12-13th) and the Women’s events (December 19-20th) will take place respectively on November 30th and December 4th, 2020.
« We feared this decision because despite the enormous amount of work carried out by the resort’s services as well as the active participation of the Club des Sports, we suspected that it would be difficult to allow events at this level to go ahead. In a context complicated by the health situation we’re going to continue to work hard. We’re staying united and motivated for organising the following two weekends of racing », said Ingrid Jacquemod, Director of the Val d’Isère Club des Sports.
13th of November 2020,
THREE WEEKS OF SKI RACING IN VAL D’ISÈRE
Following the latest speech by the French prime minister and the update of the current restrictions in France, the “Task force” made up of the International and National Ski Federations and the organising committee has given its go-ahead for the ski races in Val d’Isère during the Critérium de la Première Neige.
It’s therefore officially agreed that the Criterium de la Première Neige will host seven FIS Alpine ski World cup races from the 5th to the 20th of December 2020. The races will be held without members of the public present and with total respect for the health protocol arranged by the organisers in complete collaboration with the local authorities.
The worldwide health crisis has forced the International Ski Federation to make changes to the World Cup skiing calendar in terms of both dates and the way in which these public events are organised. Val d’Isère has been chosen to host three World Cup weekends with a total of seven races to be held on the historic OK (Oreiller-Killy) course, which hasn’t featured on the men’s circuit since 2016 when it was the replacement venue for Beaver Creek. The unique setting at La Daille can cope with all the logistical arrangements and is suitable for both the technical and speed events. It will be adapted to allow for the flow of spectators, media, and the athletes with full respect for the social distancing requirements in force in France.
Ingrid Jacquemod – organiser of the Critérium de la Première Neige
“It is with immense pleasure that we have received confirmation of what the FIS informed us of a few weeks ago. On its 65th birthday, the Critérium de la Première Neige will play host to seven World Cup races on the Oreiller-Killy race course. Given the current situation, it is a great tribute to us and great proof of confidence in what we can offer. We feel very honoured by this renewed confidence from the FIS in these complicated times and we’ll rise fully to the challenge to make these three weeks a success.”
« We are very pleased to be able to welcome the teams for this 65th Critérium de la Première Neige. We are putting everything together to ensure that the races will take place in the best health conditions for the safety and security of all. We are working to make sure that the largest possible number of people can enjoy watching the races safely in digital format. »
The program for 5th to 20th December, 2020:
Saturday 5th and Sunday, 6th December
Men’s technical disciplines
Saturday, 5th: Giant Slalom
Sunday, 6th: Giant Slalom
Wednesday, 9th to Sunday, 13th December
Men’s speed disciplines
Wednesday to Friday: downhill training
Saturday, 12th: Downhill
Sunday, 13th: Super G
Wednesday, 16th to Sunday, 20th December
Women’s speed disciplines
Wednesday and Thursday: Downhill training
Friday, 18th: Downhill
Saturday, 19th : Downhill
Sunday, 20th: Super G
All info on www.worldcup-valdisere.com