“The White Thrill” Downhill Race in St. Anton am Arlberg

When the ski lifts close on the afternoon of 21st April 2019, the intrepid, the hungry and the ambitious will once again meet to compete in St. Anton am Arlberg. Anyone can take part in the “White Thrill” - although even proficient skiers are taken to their absolute limits, when 555 daring skiers hurtle themselves at the same time from the formidable “Valluga” ridge and ride down unprepared slopes to the valley.

"The White Thrill" in St. Anton am Arlberg
"The White Thrill" in St. Anton am Arlberg ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg/Fotograf Patrick Säly

Tour de force without respite “The White Thrill” is perhaps the most legendary downhill race in the Alpine area and challenges 555 skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from all over the world every year anew. Valuable seconds can be won by finding the right position at the mass start-line, before the interim ascent on the so-called “Schmerzensberg - Pain Mountain” sets racers’ lungs on fire. The thighs of even the hardiest skier will be burning by no later than the Kandahar Piste. Athletes must battle through a few final hurdles just ahead of the finish line, before being welcomed by hundreds of cheering spectators in the valley. The fastest cross the finishing line in just under eight minutes after completing the 9 kilometres and 1,300 metres in altitude difference. “The White Thrill” begins on 21st April 2019 at 17 hrs on the Valluga Ridge of St. Anton am Arlberg/Tyrol. Plucky children aged eleven to 16 years start their “Mini White Thrill” a little earlier at 16.30 hrs above the Senn Hut. The ski season in St. Anton am Arlberg. goes on until 28th April.

By the way:  “The White Thrill“ is the first discipline of the Arlberg Adler.alpine triathlon. Whoever plans to hold the coveted winner’s trophy aloft in late summer 2019, must also prove their powers of endurance at the ”Arlberg Jakobilauf” half marathon on 27th July and Arlberger Bike Marathon on the 24th August. Less arduous conditions apply for the “Arlberg Marmot” competition, which is held on the same dates.

St. Anton am Arlberg is one of the world’s most renowned winter sports resorts. Snow hungry skiers and freeride fans from over 50 nations visit this mountain village and ski area with a total of 305 kilometres of marked runs, 200 kilometres of freeride terrain and 88 lift and cable car systems every year. The Arlberg-Arena extends from St. Anton in Tyrol to Lech and Zürs, as well as Warth and Schröcken in Vorarlberg. Cross-country skiing, tobogganing or a tour of Tyrol’s only winter via ferrate route are just as much part of the Arlberg experience as the incredible events, some of which have already achieved cult status, and the multi-award winning Tyrolean cuisine. The “birthplace of alpine skiing” is also a founding member of the “Best of the Alps“; a quality association of the twelve most prestigious mountain resorts in the Alps.