Most Famous World Cup Slopes
The Italian ski resorts offer many tracks at the Ski World Cup circuit. The Italian ski slopes have always been the stage for the best snow events in all disciplines in which FISI athletes compete. Let’s find out which are the most famous World Cup slopes in Italy, focusing on alpine skiing. We have identified some of the slopes of the circuit on which all winter sports enthusiasts can try their hand when no international events are scheduled.
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Stelvio slope | Bormio
Starting from the village of Bormio, it is possible to reach by cable car the start of the Stelvio slope, located at 2255 m. of altitude. It is considered the most technical slope of the Alpine Ski World Cup. With its 3230 mt. of length, 1010 mt. of difference in altitude and a slope of 60% it is also one of the most famous slopes in Europe. The real difficulty of this slope, more than in the famous passages like St. Peter’s Wall, is represented by its length. Usually the athletes take about two minutes, which for a downhill run is an enormous time in which to maintain concentration and physical endurance.
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Franco Berthod | La Thuile
La Thuile has been awarded the Women’s Downhill World Cup Downhill races since 2016 and the competitions were held on the Franco Berthod track, confirming its technicality. The exposure to the north and the artificial snow make the surface very hard and icy, the track is very technical and fast, especially in the initial walls at the top, also considered the most difficult with 73% gradient.
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Saslong | Val Gardena
The Saslong slope is one of the most famous World Cup slopes. Located in the heart of Val Gardena, it starts at an altitude of 2254 m and goes all the way to Santa Cristina. The first part of the slope is located in an area without vegetation while the second part is in the middle of a thick coniferous forest. It has been included in the World Cup since 1968 and has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. Few slopes are so beautiful and above all it has an incredible view of the Dolomites.
3 – Three | Madonna di Campiglio
The 3-Tre is a ski slope located in Madonna di Campiglio. The final section, the Canalone Miramonti, is used for special slalom races of international importance and has hosted several stages of the Alpine Ski World Cup. The slalom held on the 3-Tre is considered one of the most spectacular of the entire white circus.
Grand Risa | Alta Badia
No presentation is needed for the Gran Risa, one of the best known in Italy. The slope reaches 60% and the track is about 1 km where walls, curves, false floors and the famous humps make it very challenging. The Gran Risa starts from Piz La Ila at an altitude of 2077 meters and in 650 meters of difference in altitude leads to the village of La Villa, is a track famous especially for the giant slalom. The route is very scenic as it is immersed in a thick conifer forest.
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Olimpia delle Tofane | Cortina d’Ampezzo
The wall of the Tofane Olympia is perhaps one of the most iconic images that we remember when we see the World Cup slopes, a wall set between two very sloping rocks of extraordinary technicality. It is a track that has been proposed mainly in the women’s circuit, particularly loved by Sofia Goggia. This track will be the stage for the Winter Olympic Games in Milan Cortina 2026.
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