Ultimate Guide to World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort

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Ultimate Guide to World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort

This weekend, the fastest ski racers in the world descend upon Lake Louise Ski Resort to begin the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup. An adrenaline-pumping event with races in two categories – downhill and super-G – Lake Louise Ski Resort is the first stop in North America on the men’s and women’s World Cup circuit. The men’s World Cup races begin Nov. 26-28 while the women’s races kick off next weekend, Dec. 3-5.

In other words, the World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort is the first major alpine speed racing event of the season – and you’re invited!

World cup racing is back

It’s hard to believe that it was only one year ago that World Cup racing decided to take a hiatus from the event circuit. (Well, events outside Europe that is.) A tough, but important call, this move was made to ensure the health and safety of fans, athletes, and supporters of the alpine ski racing community.

Now, after a brief pause, the much-anticipated World Cup or “White Circus” is back in locations around the world, including it’s kick-off at Lake Louise Ski Resort – a famed alpine skiing destination known for its fantastic early season snow conditions and one of the only North American stops on the World Cup racing circuit. (Plus, the only stop that hosts men’s and women’s racing events back to back!)

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Marie-Michelle Gagnon conferring with her coach during course inspection at Lake Louise Ski Resort before the women’s World Cup races, Dec. 3-5, 2021. | Photo by John Evely
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Canadian ski racer Jack Crawford during World Cup training days at Lake Louise Ski Resort Nov. 23, 2021 | Photo by John Evely

Events schedule – Men’s World Cup

Friday, November 26 | Men’s Downhill  ***CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWFALL***

Sometimes you get too much of a good thing! 27cm (11″) of snow in 24 hours resulted in the cancellation of this race.

11:00am-2:30pm – FREE fan cheering zone, at the finish area

11:15am – Opening ceremonies, at the finish area

12:00pm – Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Men’s Downhill Day 1

2:00pm – Winterstart Awards – Following the race, at the finish area

Saturday, November 27 | Men’s Downhill

11:00am-2:30pm – FREE fan cheering zone, at the finish area

11:30am – Opening ceremonies, at the finish area

12:15pm – Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Men’s Downhill Day 2

2:15pm – Winterstart Awards – Following the race, at the finish area

Sunday, November 28 | Men’s Super-G ***CANCELLED DUE TO SNOWFALL***

11:00am-2:30pm – FREE fan cheering zone, at the finish area

11:30am – Opening ceremonies, at the finish area

12:15pm – Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Men’s Super-G 

2:15pm – Winterstart Awards – Following the race, at the finish area

Events schedule – Women’s World Cup

**Schedule subject to change based on weather conditions**

Friday, December 3 | Women’s Downhill

11:30am-2:30pm – FREE fan cheering zone, at the finish area

11:45am – Opening ceremonies, at the finish area

12:30pm – Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Women’s Downhill Day 1

2:30pm – Winterstart Awards – Following the race, at the finish area

Saturday, December 4 | Women’s Downhill

11:30am-2:30pm – FREE fan cheering zone, at the finish area

11:45am – Opening ceremonies, at the finish area

12:30pm – Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Women’s Downhill Day 2

2:30pm – Winterstart Awards – Following the race, at the finish area

Sunday December 5 | Women’s Super-G

9:30am-12:30pm – FREE fan cheering zone, at the finish area

9:45am – Opening ceremonies, at the finish area

10:30am – Audi FIS Ski World Cup – Women’s Super-G 

12:30pm – Winterstart Awards – Following the race, at the finish area

Types of races 

The World Cup circuit features more than 80 races where competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, super G, and downhill. At the World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort, both male and female racers will be racing in downhill and super-G events.

What’s the difference between downhill & super-G?

Downhill: Considered the top “speed” event, the gates are narrow and the stakes are high as racers reach speeds of up to 130km/h and drop 800 vertical metres on Lake Louise’s downhill course.

Super-G: Also considered a “speed event” (although not quite as fast as downhill) in this event the gates are wider forcing racers to cut wide, technical turns around the gates. 

What’s the best spot to watch the action?

The World Cup races will take place on Lake Louise’s famous ‘Men’s Downhill’ run, on the front side of Whitehorn Mountain. While mother nature has been very kind (blessing the resort with more than 100cm of new snow this month!) the operations team at Lake Louise Ski Resort have also been hard at work snow-making, grooming, and reinforcing hundreds of metres of fencing in preparation for this event. 

If you and your friends and family are coming up to Lake Louise this weekend and want to check out the action, it’ll be hard to miss the large, loud spectator area at the bottom of the run. Just up the run right in front of the Lodge of Ten Peaks, between the Glacier Express and Grizzly Gondola, you won’t miss it!

Featuring bleacher seating at the base and a large margin of standing room along the right side of the course, fans are invited to walk up the run and stand outside of the fencing to catch a glimpse of the world-famous racers as they flash down the hill and tear into the finish line. Big screens at the racecourse base will also be projecting the action for fans further back. 

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Find the World Cup race course finish line between the Glacier Express and the Grizzly Gondola at Lake Louise Ski Resort. Come check out the fan cheering zone along the right side or take a seat in the bleachers at the base.

Women’s World Cup: athletes to watch out for

Don’t know who to cheer for? New to alpine racing? No problem. Here are a few “ones to watch” during the World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort, both weekends. 

Team Canada

Marie-Michelle “Mitch” Gagnon | @mmgagnon

Claiming an impressive 12th place in this week’s training runs, Gagon is hungry for the podium and a top contender for a medal this year.

 

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Team USA

Mikaela Shiffrin |@mikaelashiffrin

2 time Olympic and 6 time World Cup winner, Shiffrin is one serious racer to keep your eyes on (if you can!). 

Team Italy

Sofia Goggia | @iamsofiagoggia

The overall Crystal Globe winner last season, Goggia is the reigning Speed Queen looking to repeat her victory this year.

 

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Team Switzerland

 Lara Gut Behrami | @laragutbehrami

Although a bit slower during training this week, this Swiss skiing veteran has been shining like never before all season. Watch for her on the podium, for sure!

Team Czech Republic

Ester Ledecka | @esterledecka

Can you imagine winning Olympic medals in skiing and snowboarding? Ledecka didn’t just imagine it, she’s done it. 

Men’s World Cup: athletes to watch out for

Team Canada

“Iron” Jeff Reid | @jeffread 

Banff’s very own superstar who got his start racing Mt. Norquay! 

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Banff native and Mt. Norquay racer, Jeff Read, training at Lake Louise Ski Resort, nov. 23, 2021. | Photo by John Evely

Brodie “The Bullet” Seger | @brodieseger

A young talent helping Team Canada pull towards a major breakthrough. 

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Canadian talent, Brodie Seger, training at Lake Louise Ski Resort leading up to the men’s World Cup. | Photo by John Evely

Ben Thomsen | @thomsenshow

Another Canuck to watch “with a serious golf and dirt bike addiction”.

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Ben Thomsen tearing up the slopes at Lake Louise Ski Resort during men’s downhill training. | Photo by John Evely

Cameron Alexander | @_camalexander

Hailing from Whistler, BC, this young star has been showing a breakout performance.

​​Manny Osborne-Paradis |@manny_ski

Look out for this legendary skier who will be skiing his ceremonial “last run” before retirement, a run he never got to do because of the pandemic last season.

Team USA

Ryan Cochrane-Siegle | @rc.s

This Vermonter has been on fire the last few seasons. 

Travis Ganong | @travisganong

The Tahoe speed king himself.

Team Austria

Otmar Striedinger | @otistriedinger

Or “Oti” as he’s known, is a young talent that’s hungry for the podium and pushing hard to prove his merit on the high-performing Austrian team. He finished 2nd on the first training day for men’s downhill (Nov. 23).

Max Franz | @maxfranzz

Austrian team veteran with a ton of victories under his belt 

Matthias Mayer |@matthiasmayer_

This Austrian legend, with many victores, will be tough competition to beat. 

Team Norway

Kjetil Jansrud |@kjansrud

A Norwegian skiing icon who’s won almost everything under the sun, this may be his final trip to Lake Louise.

Aleksander Aamodt Kilde | @akilde

An overall World Cup Globe winner – he placed first on the second training day, Nov. 24. 

 

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Team Switzerland

Beat Feuz | @feuz87

Aka “Kugelblitz” (which means lightning ball in Swiss-German), this rockstar and 4 time Crystal Globe winner will be on the podium for sure!

Marco Odermat | @marcoodermat

At only 24 years old, this young competitor is proving his incredible talent early. 

 

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Team Italy

Dominik Paris | @dominikparis

When he’s not winning World Cup races he’s the lead singer of a heavy metal band.

Team France

Johan Clarey | @yoclarey

With a big heart and big frame, he will be skiing for teammate Adrian Theaux who had a serious racing accident last week. 

What happens to the winners

So what is the World Cup even about? What do the winners win? These racers are putting everything on the line to achieve the ultimate goal – winning the coveted crystal globe and title of the best alpine ski racer in the world. The World Cup circuit is an epic journey with more than 80 races on the calendar the most notable of these being the races at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, scheduled from 6-19 February 2022, on the new pistes in Yanqing at China’s new National Alpine Skiing Centre.

Be a part of the action. Watch where it all begins! World Cup at Lake Louise Ski Resort welcomes the world.

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The legendary Lindsey Vonn at a past Lake Louise World Cup. The women’s World Cup kicks off, Dec. 3-5, 2021.

At SkiBig3, we’re excited to be welcoming both athletes and visitors from around the world back to the Canadian Rockies. Can’t make the races this weekend, experience these mountain for yourself and check out these famous runs on your own time. To book your winter ski vacation to Banff and Lake Louise this season, call 1-844-754-2443 to speak with a reservation specialist or go online to access some exceptional Ski & Stay Package deals.

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