Lake Louise as World Cup Venue

The Lake Louise Ski Area in the Canadian Rockies will host the world’s best Downhill and Super Galpine athletes at the World Cup ski racing 2006-07 speed events. The World Cup Series is the most important alpine skiing circuit sanctioned by the International Ski Federation (FIS). Snow conditions at Lake Louise have met the FIS standards to host the World Cup.

The Lake Louise ski resort in the Canadian Rockies is once again ready to host the world’s top skiers to open the World Cup speed season. The men’s skiing events at this ski vacation resort on November 25th and 26th 2006 will be the first World Cup speed event of the 2006-2007 seasons. The Ladies’ events run from December 1st to 3rd.

The five World Cup races where twenty countries will participate are being sponsored by Bombardier, a world-leader and Canadian-based international corporation. The World Cup races are now known as the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart. The prize money this year is a total of 500 000 Swiss Francs (CHF) with 100 000 CHF to be awarded to winners of each race. The champion at each race will be richer by 30 000 CHF, silver medalists will get 20 000 CHF and bronze medalists, 15 000 CHF.

In addition to being presenting sponsor of the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup, Bombardier has joined Alpine Canada Alpin as a Summit Partner. The Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart events are the only ones in Canada on the alpine World Cup circuit. Alpine Canada Alpin is awaiting the confirmation to have two additional World Cup stops in Canada from the FIS Council. The Panorama Mountain Village and Whistler Ski Resort will host technical races in Canada for the first time in a decade.

Canada’s speed alpine skiers are excited about the meet and hope to win on home ground with the enthusiastic support of the spectators. Lake Louise is the first North American ski vacation resort ever to be named to the prestigious Club 5+, the organization of the legendary World Cup alpine racing courses in the world.