Val d’Isere ready for World Cup speed opener and World Champion Lindsey Vonn

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 19, 2009 2:16 pm

First Lady of Skiing Lindsey Vonn is ready, but is the rest of the world? This weekend the U.S. Ski Team athlete and Vail representative will take to the GS at Soelden. Next stop: Levi, Finland for some slalom. But then boys and girls Mrs. Vonn is set to hit Val d’Isere, the site of the 2009 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships where before slicing her thumb on a champagne bottle celebrating her wins, she cleaned up.

This season, on December 11-13, Val D’Isere will once again host the world’s best skiers, and as usual, for the Criterium de la Premiere Neige it’s ladies, first. (The men’s side of the FIS Audi World Cup tour will run visit Val D from Dec. 18-20, after the Beaver Creek Birds of Prey event.) Events will include Giant Slalom, Super G, Downhill and combined.

Although Vonn wins all the way around (in fact, last season she surprised the field with her slalom win at Levi), she used to be known as a speed specialist, and tends to carry more strength than the average female ski racer. Vonn will definitely be exciting to watch as she takes to the slopes in Val d’Isere, where she claimed her World Championship wins.

For their part, Val d’Isere is ready. Part of the of the massive Espace Killy ski area, the resort features over 300 kilometres of trails and 90 modern lifts. Recent snow reports have been strong, so a solid World Cup speed opener seems a sure thing.