On 12th-13th December, the whole association went to Val-d’Isère. The whole team was present in the stands, as well as on the slopes. Ideal conditions created an incredible show: snow, sun and a great atmosphere!
Some of the team with Felix Neureuther, giant slalom silver medallist.
But what exactly is the Critérium ?
The Critérium de la Première Neige was first created in 1955 and is an unmissable event for the best skiers around the world on the mythical slope « Face de Bellevarde » and the slope « OK (Oreiller Killy) » in Val-d’Isère. The ski race is celebrating its 60th birthday this year.
A few important dates :
- 1955 : the first edition of the event, won by the Frenchman Jean Bourdaleix in giant slalom and combined and by Firmin Mattis in slalom.
- 1960: first victory by a foreigner, with German Ludwig Leitner winning the slalom.
- 1965: victory by Jean Claude Killy in downhill, giant slalom and combined.
- 1990: the competition takes place on the face de Bellevard for the first time, the mythical slope used in the 1992 Olympic Games.
This year from 11th to 13th December, the men competed in both a giant slalom and a slalom on the very technical slope, Face de Bellevarde. The Austrian Marcel Hirscher won on Saturday 12th December in the giant slalom, followed by Felix Neureuther and Frenchman Victor Muffat-Jeandet.
On Sunday, the Norwegian Henrik Kristofferesen deprived Marcel Hirscher of a double win and Felix Neureuther completed the podium.
From 16th to 19th December, the women took over with a super combined ski race and a downhill on the slope OK at la Daille. Swiss Lara Gut won the super combined in front of favourite Lindsey Vonn and Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser.
Finally for the downhill, the two Swiss, Lara Gut and Fabienne Suter were at the front, followed by the Canadian Larisa Yurkiw.
Rosie Paul -Press & Media Relations