Podium and the lead for Nicole Good - Aline Höpli's best time

22.02.2024 - Six skiers and five different nationalities, all competing in the World Cup, finished on the podium at the two European Cup slaloms in Malbun. Croatia's Leona Popovic (26) won the sixth slalom of the season, 0.52 seconds ahead of Great Britains's Charlie Guest (30) and 0.79 seconds ahead of Italy's Emilia Mondinelli, who is just 19. The following day, Sweden's Hanna Aronsson Elfmann (21) won the race, 0.22 seconds ahead of Switzerland's Nicole Good (26) and 0.37 seconds ahead of her team-mate, Moa Boström Mussener (22). Nicole Good, having finished as the top Swiss competitor the previous day with her sixth place, increased her lead in the discipline rankings to 260 points, and more thanks to her podium and 374 points.

With two very warm days, piste conditions in Liechtenstein were difficult. As a result, the rankings changed dramatically after the first heat. Popovic, winner of the previous day, was in the lead after the first run but dropped to 15th place with the 27th fastest time, while Switzerland's Elena Stoffel, who made some serious mistakes, dropped all the way from 2nd to 27th place, finishing with the 41st fastest time! It was the opposite for Aline Höpli, who moved up from 26th to 7th place, thanks to her best time in the final.

Crans-Montana, for champions as well as future talent

13.02.2024 - Last weekend, Crans-Montana hosted two European Cup downhills, a week before the World Cup races. It was more than just an opportunity to prepare for the festival of skiing the following week, it was also a chance for the next generation of skiers to enjoy one of the finest pistes on the women's circuit.

Crans-Montana is one of the few resorts to organise both European and World Cup races. For Marius Robyr, president of the Organising Committee, staging continental competitions is not only a way to prepare for the world's elite in the World Cup, it is above all an opportunity to offer a quality piste to up-and-coming skiers who don't often have the opportunity to ski on courses as demanding the Mont Lachaux piste.

Jordi Pujol, the European Cup coordinator, and Ivano Nesa, coach for the Swiss women's European Cup speed team, greatly appreciate being able to benefit from racing conditions similar to those at the top level. Just like their athletes, they’re always delighted to unpack their suitcases and skis in Crans-Montana every year.

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A Bosnian first place, Delia Durrer finishes on the podium

11.02.2024 - Elvedina Muzaferija gave Bosnia-Herzegovina its first win in the European Cup, beating American Tricia Mangan and Nidwalden’s Delia Durrer in Sunday's second downhill.

It was a great show in Crans-Montana on Sunday in both the first and second downhill races. After a win by France's Karen Clément earlier in the day, the Bosnian anthem rang out in the finish area of a piste that had been perfectly prepared despite snow overnight and during the morning.

It's no real surprise to see Elvedina Muzaferija at the top of the leaderboard. The Bosnian has often enjoyed racing in Crans-Montana, as can be seen from her one and only podium finish in the European Cup, which was also here a year ago (2nd place). Nevertheless, this major result could give her wings for the future, starting with next week's World Cup races.

Tricia Mangan confirmed that she is on fine form. After finishing 2nd in the Super-G at La Thuile earlier in the week, the American missed out on her first win by just 0.31. Delia Durrer, who started the second downhill in the number 1 bib, didn't hang around on the Mont Lachaux piste. For a long time, she thought she had secured her second win on the continental circuit, before Elvedina Muzaferija and Tricia Mangan prevented her from finishing on the top step of the podium. It was still her fifth European Cup podium, and her first this season. The 21-year-old has also been getting her bearings ready for the World Cup speed races, which start next Friday on the same Mont Lachaux piste.

The day was marred by Malorie Blanc’s unfortunate fall. The triple medallist at the recent Junior World Championships ended her race in the nets during the second downhill on the Haut-Plateau. The Valais local appears to have injured her left knee, and will have medical examinations in Zurich to determine the severity of the injury.

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French win in first race of the day

11.02.2024 - France’s Karen Clément dominated in the first European Cup downhill in Crans-Montana, beating Czech Ester Ledecka and Austria’s Nadine Fest.

Conditions were almost idyllic on Sunday for the first European Cup downhill in Crans-Montana. Despite a few centimetres of fresh snow overnight, the Mont Lachaux piste was in perfect condition and ready to welcome athletes for the first race on Sunday morning, as well as a second downhill at 11am.

Heralded as one of the favourites and on her best ever form, Karen Clément won in style. Having just won the Super-G at La Thuile in the European Cup, the 25-year-old did it again on Sunday, leaving Ester Ledecka 0.27 behind her. The Czech double Olympic champion in 2018 (in super-G and parallel giant slalom in snowboarding) was very confident. Austria’s Nadine Fest took third place, her 33rd European Cup podium.

The Swiss finished a little further behind. Stephanie Jenal took a nice 7th place in her first race on the Valais piste this year, after Saturday's race was cancelled. Janine Schmitt (11th), Noémie Kolly (12th) and Delia Durrer (13th) also made the top 15.

In front of a devoted crowd, a tired Malorie Blanc from Ayent couldn’t find the best line, and had to make do with a respectable 21st place. Laura Huber (29th) and Elena Sanna Stucki (30th) also scored points.

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"Super Sunday" in Crans-Montana!

10.02.2024 - Let’s try again! Tomorrow, two European Cup downhills are scheduled on the Mont Lachaux piste. If all goes well, the first will start at 9am, and the second at 11am. We're keeping our fingers crossed that the weather will be better than it was on Saturday morning.

In any case, the wind should die down in Valais. A few centimetres of snow are forecast overnight, but not enough, a priori, to disrupt the races. The Organising Committee has promised to do everything possible to ensure that the downhills will go ahead.

Come and applaud and welcome these young athletes, the next generation of alpine skiers, and congratulate them at the prizegiving ceremonies which will be held after the second downhill.

 

today's downhill cancelled

10.02.2024 - The wind (foehn) managed to get the better of the first European Cup downhill in Crans-Montana on Saturday. 

The Foehn wind is blowing above Crans-Montana. It was impossible to start the first Women's European Cup downhill race on the Mont Lachaux piste.

Gusts of 98 km/h were recorded at the top of the piste, with 68 km/h in the finish area. The race jury and organising committee had no choice but to cancel the competition. The decision was made 45 minutes before the first athlete was due to start.

However it has only been postponed. The women skiers have a busy programme in Crans-Montana on Sunday, with two downhill races scheduled.

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Malorie Blanc is ready to dazzle in front of her family and friends

10.02.2024 - There seems to be quite an ongoing love affair each year between Malorie Blanc and the Crans-Montana races. After the European Cup, the Valais local will be making her World Cup debut on the Mont Lachaux piste. We meet up with her.

A few days ago, Malorie Blanc, who is from Ayent, returned from Portes du Soleil as the heroine of the Junior World Championships. She won no less than three medals, including gold in the Super-G. Enough to dynamically launch a career that is already very much on track.

The smiling 20-year-old skier really came into her own at Crans-Montana last year. She finished in an extraordinary 5th place in the second European Cup downhill on the Mont Lachaux piste, in a great atmosphere.

This season, "Malo" continues her string of successes. She will be one of the favorites this weekend in the European Cup, and will make her World Cup debut next Sunday in the Super-G in Crans-Montana. And it will be happening in front of her friends and family, who will no doubt all be there.

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Noémie Kolly, a two-track season

Noémie Kolly is competing in both European Cup and World Cup speed races. She explains how she manages her schedule, and the pressures.

At the beginning of the winter season, Noémie Kolly's coaches told her that she would have to compete in the European Cup in order to regain her place in the World Cup, after hardly competing last season due to a herniated disc. The skier from Gruyères nevertheless retained her place with the elite, and was able to take part in training sessions for several downhills, with a view to competing for one of the last remaining places with the Swiss clan. 

In the end however, it was the injuries suffered by her teammates that enabled her to return to the World Cup earlier. In Cortina d'Ampezzo two weeks ago, she was called up at the last minute to compete in the Super-G, where she finished in a brilliant 16th place, a great result that matches her excellent performances in the European Cup, where she has finished 6th in two of her last three events.

The fact remains that the Fribourg skier is juggling both the continental and world circuits. This travel back and forth is not always easy to manage, as Noémie Kolly explains here,  ahead of the European Cup downhill races in Crans-Montana.

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French lead in the training

9.02.2024 - Karen Clément and Anouk Errard set the fastest times in the first and only training session for the European Cup downhill races in Crans-Montana.

The skiers were finally able to take to the slopes on Friday for their training session for the European Cup downhill races in Crans-Montana. They started from the top of the Mont Lachaux piste, finishing at the end of the Traverse. The piste itself was in excellent condition and after a cold night, was beautifully prepared for perfect racing conditions.

In this one and only time trial, it was the French who proved themselves to be the fastest. Karen Clément, winner of the Super-G at La Thuile earlier in the week, set the fastest time, 17 hundredths of a second ahead of her compatriot Anouck Errard. Austria's Anna Schilcher had the third fastest time, just ahead of Obwalden's Delia Durrer.

Malorie Blanc took 10th place without pushing it, one and a half seconds behind Karen Clément. Janine Schmitt (14th), Elena Sanna Stucki (16th) and Noémie Kolly (19th) also got off to a good start ahead of the first downhill, which is planned for 10am on Saturday.

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9.02.2024 - The programme is confirmed for 10.00 am (not 09.30). The 62 registered skiers are looking forward to this training run on the Mont Lachaux piste.

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An emotional moment for Marius Robyr

8.02.2024 - The president of the Organising Committee received a standing ovation at the European Cup team leaders’ meeting on Thursday. They were unanimous in thanking him for the 18 years he has been at the helm of the races on the Haut Plateau.

It was hard to hold back the tears on Thursday at Le Régent Congress Centre. At the launch of the European Cup weekend, Marius Robyr was praised for the 18 years he has spent at the head of the Crans-Montana Alpine Ski Races Organising Committee. In addition to World Cup events, the president of the Organising Committee and his team have also organised the much-appreciated European Cup races.

At the traditional team leaders' meeting before the forthcoming European Cup weekend, everyone was keen to pay tribute to Marius Robyr and his committee for their commitment. Jordi Pujol, the charismatic coordinator of the Women's European Cup, spoke on behalf of the FIS to congratulate the former brigadier.

He was also praised by all the coaches, starting with the Swiss representative Ivano Nesa, who thanked him "for his availability and professionalism". Marius Robyr, who will be stepping down as head of the Organising Committee at the end of this year's event, was presented with a number of gifts by those present, which was all quite emotional.

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8.02.2024 - Due to the weather conditions, the jury has cancelled the first downhill training session.

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Crans-Montana, 6.02.2024 - On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February, Crans-Montana is hosting two women’s European Cup downhill races. It’s an opportunity to see several top skiers such as Ester Ledecká or the young phenomenon Malorie Blanc take up their positions before the World Cup speed events.

The Mont Lachaux piste is ready for two magnificent weekends of competitions. This Saturday and Sunday, two European Cup downhill races are scheduled in Crans-Montana. These two races will give us a taste of the World Cup ahead, as several experienced athletes will be taking part. 

Starting with Ester Ledecká. The double PyeongChang Olympic champion, who triumphed in the Super-G and alpine snowboarding, intends to make the most of this first weekend to find her bearings on a Valais piste that she appreciates. One of the Czech’s three World Cup wins took place in Crans-Montana in 2022. After injury last season, she is gradually finding her best sensations again.

A strong Swiss delegation

She will have her work cut out against a strong young Swiss delegation led by Malorie Blanc. The athlete from Ayent, recent triple medallist at the Junior World Championships, is brimming with confidence after her first European Cup podiums. On home soil, her performances will be closely watched.

Noémie Kolly from Fribourg, who is back on form, will also be in the starting line-up hoping to get to the top of the table, alongside Stephanie Jenal, Delia Durrer, Janine Schmitt, Laura Huber and Isabella Pedrazzi in the Swiss camp.

An undecided race for the top 3

These two downhills are also very important in the race for the top 3 in the European Cup downhill rankings, which offers three fixed World Cup places for next season. With only three downhills remaining, Janine Schmitt (4th) and Malorie Blanc (6th) are ready for an ambush. They will have their work cut out against Austria’s Emily Schöpf, who is in the lead in the rankings, and Magdalena Egger (5th), as well as Italy's Sara Thaler (2nd). The only favourite to be missing out is Austria’s Lisa Grill (3rd), who injured herself two weeks ago.

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Malorie Blanc on top form - three Swiss podium places in La Thuile

6 February –Malorie Blanc from Valais is the young Swiss speed skier of the moment: the Junior World Championships triple medalist in Chatel (1st in the Super-G and Team, 2nd in the downhill) finished on the podium in both European Cup Super-G races in La Thuile (ITA). She finished second in the first race, 0.14 seconds behind 24-year-old Teresa Runggaldier from Italy who was celebrating her first win, and just ahead of teammate Jasmina Suter. 24 hours later, she took third place, 1.11 seconds behind winner Karen Clément (FRA) and 0.14 seconds behind Tricia Mangan (USA). With 216 points and a 22-point lead, the skier from Anzère, who turned 20 a month ago, took the lead in the discipline rankings ahead of Janine Schmitt, who finished in sixth and then ninth place in La Thuile. Noemie Kolly (out and 6th) and Delia Durrer (11th and 9th) are in 6th and 7th place respectively in the top 10.

Two Swiss women on the Super-G podium!

25.01.2024 - The Swiss women in the European Cup had to wait until the third and final race at the speed meeting in Orcières-Merlette 1850 FRA before success finally arrived: After Emily Schöpf AUT had won the third and fourth runs of the season ahead of Sara Thaler ITA (Malorie Blanc 9th +7th, Janine Schmitt 11th +7th), a duo climbed onto the podium after the final super-G race. 0.30 and 0.31 seconds behind the 21-year-old Italian Vicky Bernardi from Alta Badia, who was celebrating her victory premiere, 23-year-old Janine Schmitt, the new leader in the discipline classification, and 19-year-old Malorie Blanc from Anzère took second and third place. Only 32 of the 48 starters reached the finish in regular time, including six other Swiss-Ski athletes: 6th Noemie Kolly, 9th Isabella Pedrazzi, 11th Sina Fausch, 15th Nora Guggisberg and 18th Laura Huber and Elena Sanna Stucki. - The action continues on 5/6 February in La Thuile ITA with two Super Gs to replace the cancelled races in St. Moritz and St. Anton. This will be followed by the downhill races in Crans-Montana on 10/11 February.

Dzenifera Germane impresses, Amélie Kopfenstein makes her mark

13.01.2024 - The 20-year old Latvian scored her first two European Cup victories in Zell am See. None of the Swiss managed to finish in the top 10, but Amélie Klopfenstein managed her best performance so far.

The Swiss were kept away from the podium at both of the two slaloms in Zell am See. Remember this name though: Dzenifera Germane. She has all the makings of a future great. Although she is only just starting out at the top level, the Latvian skier was on fire for two days in the European Cup. The 20-year-old managed to win both slaloms in Zell am See, after an excellent 12th-place finish in the World Cup slalom at Kranjska Gora. In Austria, Dzenifera Germane really stood out in both races. She beat Norway's Bianca Bakke Westhoff on both days, while Great Britain's Charlie Guest took third place on Friday, and France's Clarisse Brèche on Saturday.

Switzerland didn’t manage to reach the podium in either of the two slaloms in Zell am See. Janine Mächler finished in 16th place on the first day, ending up the highest placed Swiss skier when she took 12th place in the second race in Austria. This was a disappointing result for the skier from Zurich, who was third fastest after the first heat. She was the only Swiss to finish in the top 15. Nicole Good finished 17th in the same slalom on Saturday.

Amélie Klopfenstein managed a fine performance. The skier from the Bernese Jura is back on form after a serious knee injury that forced her to write off her 2022-2023 winter season.The multiple medallist at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne took 23rd place in the second slalom, her best result in the European Cup. Her highest placement previously was 35th place in the Pass Thurn (AUT) in December 2021.

Stefanie Grob maintains her momentum in Sestriere

9.01.2024 – Having already finished on the podium in Zinal, Stefanie Grob took 2nd place in the first European Cup giant in Sestriere on Monday. On Tuesday, she finished 5th.

Although still chasing her first World Cup points, Stefanie Grob continues to dazzle in the European Cup. Second in the Zinal Giant at the start of the season, the 19-year-old from Appenzell repeated her feat on Monday in Sestriere. She was beaten by just 0.14, by France's Doriane Escané, claiming her second podium at this level.

Unfortunately, she was unable to consolidate her success on Tuesday, finishing 5th in the second race in the Piedmont resort. This time, the young Swiss ski talent missed out on a podium place by almost a second and a half. In the lead, France's Doriane Escané scored a fine double win.

Malorie Blanc is at ease in the Dolomites and has her sights set on the World Cup

22.12.2023 - The Valais skier finished in 9th position twice in the European Cup downhill races at Passo San Pellegrino. These results bring her one step closer to her first World Cup start.

Malorie Blanc's sound start to the season continues. After several victories in the FIS races in Davos, and a 15th place finish in the European Cup super-G in Saint-Moritz, the skier from Anzère has been on a roll this week, finishing 9th twice in the downhill races at Passo San Pellegrino.

The Valais skier achieved her second-best performance, after her 5th place in Crans-Montana last February in the European Cup. Thanks to her fine performances, Malorie Blanc could well be selected by the Swiss coaches for the next World Cup speed races between 12 and 14 January in Zauchensee (AUT). Especially as there is one more place available in the Swiss contingent following Juliana Suter's surprise retirement earlier this week.

The second Swiss skier to stand out in Italy was Janine Schmitt. The St. Gallen native took 6th place in the second downhill, proving she is on good form following her 5th place in the Super-G in St. Moritz last week. The other Swiss women finished further behind. Having recently returned to competition skiing after a break due to a knee injury in early December, Stephanie Jenal had to make do with 15th place in the first downhill. There was a pleasant surprise from Daria Zurlinden, who took 21st place in the second competition with race number 54. Friday's Super-G has been cancelled.

The Women's European Cup continues on 8 and 9 January in Sestrières with two giant slaloms. For the speed fraction, the competition will only resume from 15 to 18 January in St. Anton/AUT, followed by Orcières-Merlette/FRA and Crans-Montana with the two downhills on 10 and 11 February.

Nicole Good No. 1 in the European Slalom Cup

16.12.2023 - Thanks to her victory in the first race in Valle Aurina/ITA and second place in the second race on Sunday, 0.26 seconds behind the one year younger Frenchwoman Doriane Escane, the 25-year-old Swiss Nicole Good has taken the lead in the European Slalom Cup. Good took her third EC victory with a 1st and 5th time, 0.42 seconds ahead of Lisa Hörhager/AUT and 0.85 ahead of Escane. In the rematch, the skier from the St.Gallen Oberland achieved the 4th and 5th time. Also in the top 10 resp. top 30 from Team Swiss-Ski in South Tyrol were Selina Egloff (9th/6th), Elena Stoffel (8th/out), Aline Höpli (16th/10th), Anuk Brändli (13th/13th), Lorina Zelger (out/16th), Eliane Christen (20th/out) and Janine Mächler (30th/25th).

St. Moritz has to cancel second Super-G

13.12.2023 - The second women's European Cup Super-G scheduled for St. Moritz has been cancelled due to the wintry conditions in the Engadin. The next stop for the speed skiers is Passo San Pellegrino/ITA with two downhill runs and a super-G next Wednesday to Friday. Before that, on Friday/Saturday 15/16, two slaloms will take place in Ahrntal/ITA.

Lisa Grill on top again  

12.12.2023 - Lisa Grill/AUT made a triumphant comeback in St. Moritz by winning the first of two Women's European Cup Super-G. It was the fourth European Cup victory for the 23-year-old skier, who has been injured for a long time, after her hat-trick in 2021 (winning the Super-G in Zinal and two downhills in Santa Caterina). Finishing in a time of 1:17.84 on the World Cup course, she edged out two experienced competitors, Valérie Grenier/CAN and Tricia Mangan/USA - by 0.24 and 0.36 seconds respectively. The Swiss trio Jasmine Suter, Janine Schmitt and Juliana Suter followed closely behind in 4th, 5th and 6th place, respectively 0.59, 0.60 and 0.83 seconds slower. Stefanie Grob (+1.28) came in tenth place. Other Swiss-Ski team members who also finished with points were 15th Malorie Blanc, 18th Sina Fausch, 24th Isabella Pedrazzi, 28th Nora Guggisberg.

Nicole Good finishes on the slalom podium 

10.12.2023 - The Women's European Cup weekend in Mayrhofen AUT saw a win from Sweden's Liv Ceder (22) and Italy's Lara Della Mea (24). Swiss-Ski managed three places in the top 10: In the second giant slalom of the season on Saturday 9 December, 19-year-old Stefanie Grob finished in fourth place, 0.80 seconds behind Ceder, Della Mea (+0.01) and Marie Lamure FRA (+0.05). In Sunday's slalom, Nicole Good, 25, claimed her fifth European Cup podium thanks to her 3rd and 6th places, 0.59 seconds behind the lead, while Aline Höpli moved up from 26th to 10th place thanks to her 3rd place in the second heat. Selina Egloff (14th + 11th), Elena Stoffel (19th + 26th), Lorina Zelger (24th + 21st), Vivianne Härri (26th) and Janine Schmitt (28th) and Elina Christen (24th) also scored points. - The scheduled races continue on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13, with two super-Gs in St. Moritz.

SWISS EXCEL AT THE START OF THE EUROPEAN CUP SEASON

6.12.2023 - The second attempt was successsful, and the European Cup season is now underway. The giant slalom programmed this Wednesday in Valais was a success for Switzerland, first of all for Stefanie Grob. The 19-year-old from Appenzell took 2nd place, just 0.29 away from first place, and her first European Cup podium. Until now, the Swiss revelation from last season hadn’t finished any higher than 5th- in the super G in Zauchensee/AUT in January.

Although it was Austria's Nina Astner who took the victory, never having won before at this level, another Swiss competitor also stood out. Janine Schmitt finished 0.56 behind the winner, claiming her third European Cup podium, and her second in Zinal, after her success in the super G last year. The foundations of the skier from St. Gallen’s result were laid in the first heat, when she set the 2nd fastest time, despite racing with bib no.28.

Thanks to an excellent second run, which was her fastest, Selina Egloff took 5th place in the final, just ahead of Vanessa Kasper. Vivianne Härri, who led in the first run, finished in 13th place. Jasmina Suter, who is now heading to Saint-Moritz, finished 14th. Sarah Zoller (16th), Lorina Zelger (20th), Elena Stoffel (24th) and Janine Mächler (25th) also scored points, unlike Delphine Darbellay (40th). Annie Farquet, who was competing in her 4th European Cup race, was knocked out in the first run. - Zinal will now host the men, with a Giant on Thursday 7 and a Super-G on Friday 8.

The weather spoils the show

5.12.2023 - Zinal was unlucky on Tuesday. The first of the two giant slaloms marking the start of the women's European Cup season had to be definitively halted in the first heat, after 50 of the 77 competitors had finished their race. There had also been a long break due to fog prior to this. At the time the race was stopped, Germany's Fabiana Dorigo, in bib number 13, was in the lead, ahead of Switzerland's Vanessa Kasper and Selina Egloff, who started with numbers 1 and 4 respectively. The second Giant is programmed for Wednesday.

Start of the European Cup in Zinal 

4.12.2023 - This week, the Valais resort of Zinal will be hosting the launch of the 2023/24 European Cup season for the women (two giant slaloms on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 December) and the men (giant slalom and super-G on Thursday 7 and Friday 8 December), with thirty-six races scheduled for each. After Zinal, St-Moritz (two super-Gs on December 12 and 13) and Crans-Montana (the 7th and 8th downhills of the season on Saturday February 10 and Sunday February 11) will also host women's races in Switzerland. In 2024, the men will also be stopping off in Gstaad Saanenland (5/6 February for slaloms 5+6), Stoos (29 February/1 March for super-G 4+5) and Verbier (6/7 March for downhills 7+8).  

Just like the other athletes competing in the European Cup, the Swiss-Ski teams are aiming to showcase their abilities and finish in the top 3 at the end of the season, with a view to securing permanent places in the World Cup for the 2024/25 season.

NO FIXED PLACES FOR THE SWISS WOMEN’S TEAM

18.03.2023 - The next generation of Swiss women skiers failed to secure any permanent places for the World Cup next season. Mélanie Meillard in the giant slalom and Delia Durrer in the downhill just missed out on top three finishes in their respective disciplines in the European Cup.

The women's European Cup season came to an end on Saturday in Narvik, and the Swiss women’s team had less success than the previous winter. None of the Swiss managed to finish in the top three to secure a permanent place in the World Cup races next season in any of the continental disciplines.

However Mélanie Meillard from Valais came very close, finishing 4th in the giant slalom. In the end, she was 36 points short of 3rd place, but the skier from Hérémence can console herself with her convincing results in Norway, as she finished 3rd on two occasions, both in the giant and in the slalom.

Delia Durrer also finished frustratingly in 4th place in the downhill. She was in the top three this winter, but didn’t manage to score the 25 points she needed after finishing 6th in the downhill in Narvik. Juliana Suter and Janine Schmitt finished 9th in the downhill.

Delia Durrer also finished 6th in the super-G, but it was Janine Schmitt from St.Gallen who was the highest ranked Swiss competitor in the discipline. In the final race on Saturday, she finished 12th.

Finally, in the slalom, Nicole Good ranked 7th at the end of the season, finishing her winter with a sound 2nd place in Narvik.