World Cup Atmosphere in St. Anton am Arlberg

The women’s international ski elite will be making a guest appearance in St. Anton am Arlberg on the 12th and 13th January 2019 to compete in the two fastest alpine disciplines. Participants in the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies will be battling against the clock for some coveted World Cup points and to defend their sporting reputation in the Downhill and Super-G. The famous Kandahar Racecourse is in fact a challenge in itself: an average incline gradient of 34 percent facilitates speeds of up to 130 km/h. Hobby skiers will be able to pick up a few tips from the pros including Lindsey Vonn and Anna Veith and test the demanding downhill run for themselves after the official races are over. The start line is located just below Kapall, at 2,065 metres, from where the Karl-Schranz-Kandahar route leads over the Himmeleck and Eisfall sections and down to the World Cup Stadium.
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Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies in St. Anton am Arlberg
Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies in St. Anton am Arlberg ©TVB St. Anton am Arlberg/Fotograf Patrick Säly

”Skiing is coming home“: to where it all began
The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Ladies event is returning to St. Anton am Arlberg on 12th and 13th January 2019 for a “home fixture” - to the place where it all began over 90 years ago. Back then, St. Anton’s young skiers weaved around bamboo poles during a test race. Full of enthusiasm about this new form of skiing, members of the English Kandahar Club and Arlberg Ski Club organised an international competition of slalom and downhill combined in 1928: the Arlberg Kandahar Races were born. They immediately won the respect of the skiing world. It took another two years, however, before the World Ski Federation FIS officially recognized them.  The Board, which had previously only recognised ski jumping and cross-country skiing, considered the alpine variant to be a "sport for sissies," in which the participants were "too lazy for real cross-country skiing and too cowardly for a jump over the hill.” FIS was eventually convinced of the discipline’s integrity, and the famous Arlberg Kandahar Race has been held annually at different venues ever since - with some of the world’s most daring skiers taking part. In the meantime, pro skiers now compete on the new Karl-Schranz-Kandahar racecourse at Kapall.