Moscow Again to Host World’s Best Ski Racers

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 15, 2009 8:35 am

Last year the world’s best ski racers rang in the New Year with a slalom competition under the lights in downtown Moscow. The crowd ran into the tens of thousands, and the course built on an artificial ski hill was perfect.

Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Hermann Maier and Aksel Lund Svindal were among the legendary skiers to take to the slope. All athletes had the chance to meet and hobnob with Vladimir Putin (Ligety actually gave him some Obama stickers), and later, to fly by private jet to check out Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Olympic Games.

This season, the FIS will again hold the Alpine Ski Champions Cup in Moscow, yet due to the 2010 Winter Olympics and new World Cup schedule, the race is set for November 21, 2009. Also new this season is the addition of ladies: The top 14 men in the world will be invited, along with the top 7 women. Three Russian athletes will also join: Two men and one woman.

The humongous ramp has also been revamped, and moved to a more fan-friendly area. Dubbed the Moscow Grand Ramp Arena, the site will hold the new race hill: A wider, longer ramp that’s 200 meters long compared to the 170 meters of last year’s version. The new ramp is also wider and higher.

One aspect that hasn’t changed is the awesome prize purse: All participating athletes receive a $10,000 ‘start fee’ and are eligible to win $60,000 or $45,000 for men and women respectively. Sometimes it really does pay to be a skier.


photo: US Ski Team