news season 2022/23

Aline Danioth is brilliant, Elena Stoffel and Mélanie Meillard place

15.01.2023 - In her first European Cup races this winter season, Aline Danioth from Uri finished on the podium in both slaloms in Pozza di Fassa. Elena Stoffel and Mélanie Meillard finished in the top 10.

One day is the same as the next for Aline Danioth. The skier from Andermatt continues her good progress in the European Cup, finishing with a solid 3rd place in the first European Cup slalom in Pozza di Fassa, and then taking 2nd place in the second slalom in the Italian resort, beaten only by Cornelia Öhlund, who also won the day before. The 17-year-old from Sweden is full of promise for the future, competing in only her 13th and 14th European Cup races.

Aline Danioth on the other hand, took her 14th and 15th podium places on this threshold to the World Cup, building her confidence before the next rendez-vous with the elite. But she wasn’t the only Swiss competitor to shine in Italy. Elena Stoffel had been unhappy on the previous day, after 

 

The Austrians out in full force, the Swiss are on track

12.01.2023 - The Wunderteam left nothing but crumbs for their opponents in Zauchensee.  Among them, the Swiss held their ground, like Delia Durrer, who finished 3rd in the second downhill.

The European Cup in Zauchensee had to dodge raindrops and snowflakes this week. It wasn’t possible to complete the super-G on Thursday. Only 32 skiers were able to start in Zauchensee (AUT). The race was stopped after Austria’s Magdalena Egger, who started with number 32, fell. But the results were still validated because over 30 skiers had been able to start. After brilliant results in the downhill, the Austrian women enjoyed even more success on their home ground. Michaela Heider dominated the race to win by 0"85, ahead of her compatriot Sabrina Maier, and 1"04 ahead of another compatriot, Michelle Niederwieser. In fifth place, Stefanie Grob from St. Gallen finished 0"23 away from the podium, however she achieved her best result in the World Cup arena. Janine Schmitt (7th) finished with her third best performance in the category. Isabella Pedrazzi finished 14th, in a race where only 16 athletes crossed the finish line. Katja Grossmann, Nathalie Gröbli, Nora Guggisberg and Melanie Michel did not finish.

It was the Austrians, competing at home, who ruled the roost in the two downhills held on the same day on Wednesday, following the cancellation of the first race on Tuesday. In the morning, Sabrina Maier won, 0″12 in front of Magdalena Egger and 0″26 ahead of Michelle Niederwieser. Another Austrian, Vanessa Nussbaumer, won the second downhill, 0″08 ahead of her compatriot Christina Ager, and Delia Durrer. And the Swiss didn’t disappoint, on a shortened piste for the races, which lasted just over a minute. After finishing in fifth place in the first race, only 0″12 from the box, Delia Durrer did even better in the afternoon when she sealed her 3rd podium place in the European Cup.

Stefanie Jenal (14th place and then 9th), Janine Schmitt (13th in the first race) and Nathalie Gröbli (22nd and 18th) also showed what they are capable of. And then there was Stefanie Grob (18th and 21st), with a very solid performance once again, and Malorie Blanc (20th and 25th). For her 5th and 6th European Cup races, and the first outside of Switzerland, the 19-year-old from Valais finished with her two best results in the category. The skier from Anzère finished just over a second away from the podium, and proved that she is improving from race to race.

Nicole Good wins in the European Cup

17.12.2022 - Nicole Good from St. Gallen has won the slalom in Ahrntal, South Tyrol this Saturday, the second European Cup win of her career. The Swiss women are back on top, after a tricky first slalom on Friday.

After a difficult first slalom in Ahrntal on Friday, where none finished in the top 15, the Swiss women reacted on Saturday in the second slalom. After being eliminated in the second race on the previous day, having finished third in the first race, Nicole Good from St. Gallen triumphed in Italy on Saturday. And with a very good margin, since the skier from Pfäffers relegated Sweden’s Moa Bostroem Mussener and Emelie Henning to finishing 47 and 79 hundredths behind her.

This is Nicole Good's second career success on the threshold to the elite class, after her victory in the combined event in Les Diablerets in 2019. This was the last time that the skier, who has just celebrated her first two top 20 finishes in the World Cup slalom, has finished on the podium in the European Cup.

Lorina Zelger, who was also eliminated on Friday, took the lead again with the 9th fastest time. Mélanie Meillard (14th) and Aline Höpli (15th) completed the very good Swiss scores. Elena Stoffel and Valentine Macheret were eliminated in the first race.

On Friday, only Mélanie Meillard (17th) and Janine Mächler (23rd) finished in the top 30, in a race that was won by the USA’s Paola Moltzan.

Asja Zenere is on form, the Swiss women assume

14.12.2022 - The Italian won both European Cup giants in Ponte di Legno. Vivianne Härri leaves Italy with a podium place.

Switzerland continues to shine in the Alpine Skiing European Cup. Vivianne Härri finished on the podium in the first giant in Ponte di Legno. In Italy, the skier from Giswil took third place in a race that was won by Italy's Asja Zenere ahead of Austria's Elisabeth Kappauer. Vivianne Härri was already third in the first heat, and managed to keep her place in the second race. She finished 0″75 behind the day’s winner, taking her 4th podium in the European Cup. The next day, she finished in a sound 7th place, while the Italian winner did it again, ahead of her compatriot Elisa Platino, who finished 0″16 behind her and Sweden's Hilma Lövblom at 0″25. The best Swiss result of the day went to Simone Wild in 5th place, 0''25 away from the podium, although she had exited in the second race the previous day.

Another top performance for the Swiss camp during the two days in Italy was Stefanie Grob’s 13th and 10th places. The 18-year-old from Appenzell started with bib number 87 on Tuesday, and is now 11th in the overall ranking of the European Cup, although she had only competed in two races in the European Cup prior to this season, without scoring any points.

 As for the skiers from Valais, Delphine Darbellay took 28th and 29th places, and Julie Deschenaux took 30th place in the first race.

Vanessa Kasper and Mélanie Meillard in the top 10 in Zinal

6.12.2022 - Vanessa Kasper was the best performing Swiss in the second European Cup giant race in Zinal, finishing 6th. Mélanie Meillard validated her good position from the previous day by finishing 8th. Victory went to Germany’s Jessica Hilzinger.

The day after her brilliant 4th place in the first European Cup giant in Zinal, Mélanie Meillard validated her good performance in the second giant on Tuesday. The Valais skier ranked 8th in the Val d’Anniviers competition. It was another good performance for the skier from Hérémence, who once again started with a high number, 21 on this occasion. She might have managed an even better result after her 5th place in the first heat, and she was still in 4th place at the last intermediate time, but she dropped a few hundredths on the final flat. Thanks to this result, she should start with a number close to 30 in the World Cup giant on Saturday in Sestriere.

In a race that was won by Germany's Jessica Hilzinger, who was 2nd the previous day, ahead of Magdalena Luczak from Palermo and Austria's Elisabeth Kappauer, the top Swiss placed was Vanessa Kasper from the Grisons, who finished 6th and is back on form after her 18th place on Monday. Vivianne Härri (14th) was also in the top 15. Slalom specialist Aline Danioth (17th) gave another encouraging performance in her return to the giant class after a serious knee injury three years ago.

As for the French-speaking Swiss, Delphine Darbellay finished 36th, Julie Deschenaux 41st and Lara Briguet 47th. Camille Rast did not take part in the race.

Mélanie Meillard finishes at the foot of the podium in Zinal

5.12.2022 - Having started with bib number 34, the Valaisan skier managed a blazing performance in the Val d'Anniviers to boost her confidence. Thanks notably to a very fluid second heat, the skier from Hérémence finished in an encouraging 4th place. Camille Rast was less successful.

Mélanie Meillard has something to smile about. The Valais skier took a solid 4th place in the first giant in the European Cup in Zinal. The 24-year-old was only beaten by Italy’s Asja Zenera, who took first place, and Germany’s Jessica Hilzinger and France’s Doriane Escané. Above all, Loïc's sister, who started with bib number 34 and finished 18th in the first heat, made a superb comeback in her second race. Her second run, where she finished with the 2nd fastest time, was of a very high standard. In the end, the athlete from Neuchâtel only missed the podium by 0″39.

Importantly, thanks to this result, Mélanie Meillard will score very good FIS points, which means she will be able to start with a better bib number in the next World Cup giant races. In Killington, the skier from Hérémence had to start with the number 46 bib. She should be able to start somewhere just after 30 in Sestriere on Saturday. The second ranked Swiss skier, Vivianne Härri, took 13th place, although she’d had a good first heat (4th).

Camille Rast was less successful in the resort that sponsors her. After a solid first heat, despite some inaccuracies, and finishing in 12th place, the Valais skier fell back into 15th place. The 23-year-old is apparently still struggling to find the best settings on her new equipment, which is evident because her standards seem far from what they were at the end of last season. However, the learning process continues for the athlete from Vétroz, who will have another chance to shine on Tuesday in the second giant race in the Val d'Anniviers. Vanessa Kasper (18th), Janine Schmitt (20th) and Lorina Zelger (22nd) will also be looking to improve their results.

A First for Janine Schmitt in Zinal

2.12.2022 - The skier from St. Gallen won the second European Cup super-G in the Valais resort, taking the top step of the podium for the first time at this level.

Janine Schmitt gave an excellent performance in Zinal on Friday. The 22-year-old enjoyed her first win in the European Cup. In the Valais mountains, she finished  0″07 ahead of Austria's Michaela Heider, and 0″13 ahead of France's Karen Smadja-Clement, the previous day’s winner.

Janine Schmitt managed a sensational first half of the race to take first place on the podium. Until now, the 2021 Swiss downhill runner-up has never finished higher than third in the European Cup, in a downhill in the Val di Fassa in December 2021. She had only ever finished in the top ten twice at this level before this win. Her achievement could open the doors to the World Cup, as two downhill runs and a super-G are scheduled in St. Moritz from 16 until 18 December. The St. Gallen native may have the opportunity to compete in the training sessions, or perhaps go even further.

The other Swiss athletes did not disappoint in Zinal on Friday. Stefanie Grob took a solid 6th place, as she had the previous day. The 18-year-old from Appenzell has been performing well, especially considering that she was only competing in her 5th European Cup race. Nathalie Gröbli took 11th place and Isabelli Pedrazzi 15th, in her fourth race in the category. Janine Mächler (21st), Livia Rossi (22nd) and Nora Guggisberg (24th) also scored points, as did Julie Deschenaux (29th). The 17-year-old from Valais started with bib number 39, and has entered the top 30 for the first time in her young career. Delphine Darbellay (42nd) missed her start.

The Swissplace well in Zinal

1.12.2022 - The first European Cup super-G in Zinal was won by France’s Karen Smadja-Clement.  Nathalie Gröbli took 4th place, and Stefanie Grob 6th.

The Swiss women are getting closer to the podium in the European Cup. The Swiss team didn’t do too badly in Mayrhofen, and like Lorina Zelger, who finished 5th twice in Austria, Nathalie Gröbli just missed out on the podium in the first super-G in Zinal on Thursday. The 26-year-old from Nidwalden missed the top 3 by less than three tenths of a second, finishing fourth for the sixth time in her career in this anteroom for the World Cup, having only finished on the podium twice.

The race was won by France’s Karen Smadja-Clement, a first win for her at this level. A friend of Fribourg's Alexis Monney, she has only finished on one podium in the category before, over two years ago. She won in style, pushing Michaela Heider and Sabrina Maier back 0″44 and 0″52 respectively.

Several other members of them Swiss team did not disappoint, such as Stefanie Grob, who finished a solid 6th. The 18-year-old from Appenzell has had a good start to the season, having already finished 17th in the giant in Mayrhofen. She had only competed in two European Cup races a year ago, also in Zinal.

Livia Rossi took 14th place, while Janine Schmitt finished 19th. Isabella Pedrazzi from the Grisons (18), in her third race at this level, finished 23rd. Delphine Darbellay took 28th place. In her first European Cup race, Nora Guggisberg (also 18 years old) finished in 30th place.

FOUR TOP 10 FINISHES FOR SWITZERLAND 

29.11.2022 - The female Swiss-Ski skiers started the European Cup season in Mayrhofen AUT with mixed success. The best result came from 23-year-old Lorina Zelger from Gams/SG, who finished fifth on two occasions. In the Giant Slalom, she finished 0.77 seconds behind the winner, France’s Doriane Escane. The podium was completed by Stella Johansson/USA (2nd +0.15 seconds) and the duo Clarisse Brèche/FRA and Moa Boström Mussener/SWE (3rd place tie +0.70 seconds). She stood at +0.99 seconds on Tuesday, when the 21-year-old Swede won the slalom, ahead of Italy's Lucrezia Lorenzia (0.76) and Vera Tschurtschenthaler (0.82). Besides Zelger, Vanessa Kasper (13th) and Stefanie Grob (17th) marked points in the giant slalom, and Nicole Good (6th), Aline Höpli (9th) and Eliane Christen (20th) in the slalom. 

Start of the Women's European Cup Season

25.11.2022 - This weekend (26/27 November), the Women's European Cup begins in Mayrhofen AUT with a giant slalom and a slalom. The programme for the 2022/23 season, which culminates with the World Championships, includes 35 races. The races will be held in 15 resorts, and Switzerland will host four of them. Two times in Zinal in early December (2 SG and 2 GS), two races in Hasliberg in mid-January, and two downhills in Crans-Montana on 18 and 19 February. For the men, a total of 40 races are planned, from 1 December until the final in Narvik NOR in mid-March. Switzerland will host races in Zinal, St. Moritz, Wengen and Jaun.

For the Swiss-Ski teams, the aim is to perform at the second-highest level of Alpine skiing competition and to make their mark in anticipation of even greater challenges. Alpine Skiing director Walter Reusser sums it up: "The European Cup is a springboard. For those at the top, the aim is to finish with top placings, and ultimately permanent places. For the next in line, it's about progressing to podium places and securing permanent places, like Aline Danioth, Juliana Suter, Simone Wild, Delia Durrer and Vivianne Härri did last winter. Head coach for the women’s team Beat Tschuor, who is also the coach for the European Cup, describes it as a kind of "hot water tank", and he is confident that the young Swiss athletes have what it takes for a sound third winter, following on from the three, respectively five, fixed places that have already been achieved in the World Cup.