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AUDI FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2020

Sölden is ready for the "Opening 2020" Challenge

The start of the 2020/21 Ski World Cup season will take place! On 17 and 18 October, the traditional Women's and Men's Giant Slalom races will be held on the slope of Rettenbach Glacier in Sölden. Of course, under the well-known signs of the Corona year 2020: Without spectators but with severe safety regulations in order to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading.

17 + 18 October 2020

The popular World Cup weekend in Sölden is intended to convey a remarkable statement of skiing and winter sports all over the world. As already known from similar major sporting events, fans are not allowed on site. Although the enthusiastic fans of the ski stars are not allowed to cheer on their idols as usual, they will be able to enjoy TV pictures and live streams showing Sölden's unique racing atmosphere.
In order to master this challenge, the local managers from Sölden have worked out an elaborate safety concept together with ÖSV and FIS. It was already checked and approved by the Austrian Health Authorities and the Federal Government. All permits have been obtained, including the approval of the International Ski Federation. The precondition for the permit and execution of the event is strict compliance with the COVID-19 safety concept. It is based on several pillars:

COVID-19 safety concept:

There is exclusivity on Rettenbach Glacier. Only those who have the appropriate accreditation as participants or employees can stay on site. At the same time, the spacious Tiefenbach Glacier ski area will also be opened up for public skiing. However, the ski tunnel towards Tiefenbach Glacier remains closed on the race days. "Togetherness" of ski guests and the World Cup team is therefore impossible.

To ensure all safety requirements, the race date will be scheduled earlier on 17 and 18 October, and not as usual on the long weekend of the Austrian National Holiday (26 October). It guarantees that there will be no conflicts with regular skiing guests on the glacier. At the same time, sufficient lodging capacity is available for the necessary, separate accommodation of the participants.

Approx. 2000 people are involved in the realization of this major skiing event. Everyone must be tested for COVID-19 in advance. Regardless of whether female and male athletes, supervisors, media representatives or assistants - the official OK for participation or cooperation is only given if there is a reliable negative test result. The result must not be older than 48 hours.

All persons with accreditation are put under working quarantine after submitting the negative test result. They spend the event days in Sölden in a segregated accommodation - even if they come from Sölden and are locals! From the separated accommodations, shuttles take small groups to the glacier and also to the catering areas.

From athletes to slope grooming teams - whoever works on the World Cup weekend, belongs to certain groups of people defined in advance. These are the following:

  • Sport (athletes, service people, supervisors)
  • Media (TV stations and some 60 other international media representatives)
  • Assistants/helpers (organization and production teams on the race track as well as members of the blue light organizations)
  • Special guests (for example: officials of the national sports associations or FIS or sponsor representatives)

The organizer guarantees that there will be no physical encounter between these groups of people. This is ensured by a sophisticated control system combined with separate accommodation, catering and transport only in very small groups.

A large number of security personnel will monitor the World Cup weekend in order to ensure compliance with the accreditation guidelines and control system requirements. A team of several COVID-19 officers coordinates and secures all organizational aspects.

There are absolutely no side events on the glacier or in the village of Sölden. This also includes company events or press conferences.

The female and male athletes will receive their start numbers via digital drawing. It also ensures that there is enough distance between all persons involved.

In 2020, media representatives will only have access to one press center directly at Rettenbach Glacier - of course in the usual, professional quality.

Further details on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Opening in Sölden and corresponding event guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will follow continuously.

Program AUDI FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Sölden 2020
Saturday, 17.10.2020: Women's Giant Slalom (10.00 am / 1.00 pm)
Sunday, 18.10.2020: Men's Giant Slalom (10.00 am / 1.15 pm)