The 2018 ski season will be dominated by the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. However, Sweden will also offer opportunities to enjoy world class Alpine Skiing: the Audi FIS Ski World Cup City Event in Stockholm and the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Åre. Tickets for both events are available from October 27.
There’s no need to go to South Korea to enjoy world class alpine skiing events this winter. The organizers of the Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships will host two events in 2018: the parallel slalom World Cup City Event in Stockholm and the FIS Ski World Cup Finals in Åre.
The World Cup Finals, scheduled for 14-18 March in Åre, will be the Grande Finale of the season. The very best athletes of the Audi FIS Ski World Cup season 2017/2018 will compete at the Swedish national arena which has been revamped for the 2019 Championships (read more here).
The Finals feature a total of nine competitions and (hopefully) some beautiful spring weather. Both the ladies’ and men’s downhill courses have gone through some defining changes.
”We decided to make game-changing modifications to the slopes in order to create a better Arena for the athletes and spectators alike. The courses will be longer and more strenuous for the athletes. And we will reach higher top speeds”, said Assistant Sports Manager Hans Olsson.
If you can’t wait until March, there’s an opportunity to enjoy one of the most popular events on the FIS Alpine World Cup tour on 30 January in Stockholm. The parallel slalom event at Hammarbybacken has become a great Swedish success story. At the inaugural 2016 edition, a sold-out venue saw Swedish stars André Myhrer and Frida Hansdotter both claim second place and Maria Pietilä-Holmner finish third in the ladies’ event.
In 2017, the grandstand was sold out once again and Mattias Hargin won the hearts of the crowd as he claimed third place behind Linus Strasser of Germany and Alexis Pinturault of France. And the interest in the 2018 edition is already mounting.
”They’ve done a great job setting up the arena. We go to events with bigger audiences but the Arena at Hammarbybacken is so tight. You really hear the roaring crowd all the way to the start gate. It gives the event another dimension and the atmosphere is fantastic. All athletes I’ve spoken feel the same”, said Mattias Hargin.
Tickets for both events were released on 27 October at 8 am and are available online as follows: