Snow holding up in spite of rain for Soelden World Cup opener

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 12, 2009 12:56 pm

Skiers from all over the world are currently in Soelden, Austria, in preparation for the first alpine skiing World Cup of the 2009/2010 season. The athletes are currently training on the Rettenbach Glacier, and early reports are that the snow is good, in spite of consistent rain. 

The rain has been so strong in fact that training has often been cancelled, to preserve the snow. (The athletes also need to ski on a hard surface, and the wet snow is too soft.)

Current forecasts predict fresh snow on Tuesday, and the World Cup GS is set to start on October 24 as planned. The women will ski first, with the men racing on October 25. U.S. Ski Team stars Ted Ligety, Jake Zamansky and Tim Jitloff will be representing, along with World Champion (and goddess) Lindsey Vonn and Olympic gold medalist Julia Mancuso. New Ski Team addition Bode Miller will sit the first race out, but get back to business in Levi, Finland for the first World Cup slalom event of the season.

Go Team go!


photo: Soelden