A young wolf leading the pack
Clément Noël, a slalom giant under the stars in Crans-Montana
15.01.2020 - Like last year, Clément Noël was the victor in the second edition of the night exhibition slalom in Crans-Montana. The Frenchman finished in first place, followed by Ramon Zenhäusern and Marc Rochat.
Although the Swiss literally set the Mont Lachaux piste on fire on Wednesday, they had to relinquish the top place to a Frenchman. In fact for the second consecutive year, it was Clément Noël who took gold and the tidy sum of 20,000 francs of prize money in this exhibition slalom. Already in the lead after dominating the first heat, the 22 year old skier from the Vosges beat Ramon Zenhäusern by 0’’69 and Marc Rochat by 1’23’’. «This would be a really beautiful piste for the World Cup », said the French prodigy.
In front of a large crowd– some 4,000 spectators were present on the evening– the Swiss saw their best skiers do battle on a slalom piste that matched the most stunning stages in the winter season. Ramon Zenhäusern, who was supported by his friends and family, managed an impressive second round. «It really is extraordinary to be able to race in these conditions, exclaimed the local from Upper Valais. Plus I’m really happy with my result.»
As for Marc Rochat, with his two solid races, he proved that he is now one of the best specialists in the world. The Vaud native from Crans-Montana chose his home resort on the Haut-Plateau, for his first podium place at this level. Note that Daniel Yule and Tanguy Nef, who were battling for podium places, lost out in the second race.
A piste destined for a Men’s World Cup Night Slalom
Overall, this second Night Exhibition Slalom in Crans-Montana has been a very positive one. The new form of organisation, with the World Cup races Organising Committee working in close collaboration with the CMA ski lift company and Swiss-Ski, enabled a number of improvements to be brought to the event. Marius Robyr, president of the Organising Committee, was very enthusiastic about the large number of fans present, around 4,000 people, and guests from the world of politics, economy and sport who came to applaud the ski aces. He praised the excellent preparation of the spectacular slalom piste, the attractive field, which consisted of a joyful mix of world class slalom skiers and young talents, and also the live broadcast on RSTSport and SRF2.
Most of the renowned athletes present were unanimous in saying that the Crans-Montana slalom piste deserved to be awarded a Men’s World Cup Night Slalom, remarks which will be considered in the Organising Committee’s future strategy. This slalom piste is one of the great positives in the Crans-Montana/Valais bid to organise the World Championships.
|Clément Noël/FRA winner for the second time.|
|Ramon Zenhäusern/SUI, second.|
|Marc Rochat/SUI, third.|
|Beautiful podium this second edition of the Slalom Nocturne Exhibition 2020.|
Ramon Zenhäusern would like the slalom to go from exhibition to a World Cup race in Crans-Montana
14.01.2020 - The Valais local Ramon Zenhäusern (27 ) has worked long and hard for his slalom success stories. He has been training at professional level since the age of 12 years old. The 2m tall athlete from Viège sums it up, « Up until now in my career, I’ve always been moving forwards, sometimes only in small steps, but always forwards ». Ramon discovered skiing and grew to love it in Bürchen, the village where his parents own a chalet. His father Peter and his coach/mentor Didier Plaschy have always had unshakable belief in him.
His career really took off during the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang/South Korea, during which he won silver in the slalom and gold in the team race. During the 2018/19 season, he enjoyed the first World Cup slalom win of his career in Kranjska Gora/Slovenia, beating no less than Henrik Kristoffersen and Marcel Hirscher who were hot on his heels !
Ramon Zenhäusern has a total of 6 World Cup slalom podium places to his name today, including a second place this season in Zagreb, after flirting closely with victory and the title « king of the snow ».
Video (in French only): Laurent Morel
Clément Noël : « I love the Exhibition Slalom formula, the piste and the public in Crans-Montana »
13.01.2020 - Frenchman Clément Noël had already left his parents, his brother and his village, Ménil, in the Vosges by the age of 15. It wasn’t possible for him to reach the goal that he’d fixed himself in the conditions there, the goal of becoming a competition skier. In summer, Clément Noël studied at school (CNSS) in Albertville, in winter, when there weren’t classes, he lived in Val d’Isère. When he finished school, he finally chose to live in the Olympic town of Albertville. It didn’t take long for this great talent to become one of the best slalom skiers on the planet.
He began his World Cup career in the 2017/18 season, competing in his first race in the major league in Levi/FIN. On 7 February 2018, he was crowned World Slalom Junior Champion in Davos. During the winter of 2018/19, he won the Slalom in Wengen, his 18th World Cup race, then a week later he was back, winning at Kitzbühel. And as all things come in threes, he ended the season on the top step of the podium of the World Cup Slalom Finals at Soldeu. Clément Noël was also the winner of the first edition of the Crans-Montana Night Exhibition Slalom.
Success hasn’t changed Clément one bit. He remains an uncomplicated young man who knows exactly how to evaluate his performances, and impresses with his wisdom and calmness. His aim now is to also compete and excel in the Giant. After four podium places last season, he has already added three new ones : 2nd place in Levi, a win in Zagreb and 3rd place in Madonna di Campiglio.
Video (in French only): Laurent Morel/SkiActu
(in French only)
A regal stage for the Crans-Montana exhibition Night Slalom
12.01.2020 - Following on from Daniel Yule, Clément Noël, André Myhrer, Ramon Zenhäusern and Sebastian Foss Solevaag, five of the seven top slalom skiers in the world today will be competing to win on the Haut-Plateau this Wednesday evening, 15 January (17.15/19.15).
The line-up is something to smile about, and with good reason! The two winners from the previous World Cup slaloms (Zagreb, Madonna di Campiglio and Adelboden) will be in Crans-Montana to take part in the second edition of the men’s night race on Wednesday 15 January. France’s Clément Noël (winner in Zagreb) and Daniel Yule (1st in Madonna and Adelboden) have accepted the invitation from the organisers, led by Marius Robyr.
Clément Noël, currently the third best slalom racer in the world, will be looking to defend his title under the spotlights in the Valais resort, which is a candidate for the organisation of the 2025 World Championships. Daniel Yule, who is in full swing after his success in Madonna di Campiglio for the second year in a row and his great win in Adelboden, and currently second in the World Cup rankings in the discipline, is looking to make his mark. But the two men are not the only ones hoping to shine on the Haut-Plateau, as 5 of the 7 top specialists in the world will be lining up for the race.
How could we fail to mention Ramon Zenhäusern, who has been on superlative form for the past few months. The Olympic vice-champion, who hails from Upper Valais, would also like to add his name to the prizewinners in this exhibition race, which will be broadcast on the RTSsport and SRF2 channels. Scandinavia will also be particularly well represented, with the Swedes André Myhrer, the Olympic champion, and Kristoffer Jakobsen as well as Norwegians Sebastian Foss Solevaag, Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen, Jonathan Nordbotten, Timon Haugan, and not forgetting the prodigy Lucas Braathen (19). Already in the line-up in Valais a year ago, Dave Ryding will be returning to Crans-Montana, as well the two French skiers, Français Julien Lizeroux and Théo Letitre.
As for the Swiss, Tanguy Nef is no doubt going to prove that he is now one of the top specialists in the world. The skier from Geneva will be accompanied by Marc Rochat, Reto Schmidiger and Noël von Grünigen, son of the legendary Michael. Ten young talents of our country have the possibility to fight against the Cracks, what a challenge! – Admission is free, and food and drink is available on the evening from 16:30.
Daniel Yule : Quite a feat in Madonna and happy to be coming to Crans-Montana
8.01.2020 - With his fantastic performance at the World Cup Night Slalom at Madonna di Campiglio, Daniel Yule (26) managed to repeat his win from last season on the same piste. The Valais inhabitant with British roots – he lives in Branche d’en Haut, a village on the road to La Fouly – beat Henrik Kristoffersen NOR by 0.15 and Clément Noël FRA by 0.25. Bravo, bravissimo ! He thus advances to the 3rd place in the current Slalom World Cup ranking behind... Henrik Kristofferson and Clément Noël.
With his two wins at Madonna di Campiglio, Yule has already enjoyed 7 podium places (5 x 3rd and 2 x 1st) in the Slalom World Cup. The next World Cup meet takes place next weekend in Adelboden, and after this we are delighted to be welcoming him back to Valais for the Night Exhibition Slalom on 15 January (1st heat at 17.15/second at 19.15) in Crans-Montana. As for the Swiss, Ramon Zenhäusern will also be present (unfortunately eliminated in the 2nd heat in Madonna), Tanguy Nef (an excellent sixth place, his best result in the World Cup) and Marc Rochat (a good 19th place).
In our video (in French only) by Laurent Morel/SkiActu, Daniel Yule tells us that he believes it is a great idea to organise this Night Slalom in Crans-Montana, and he is delighted to be competing in this special race on his home territory.
Marc Rochat : « Motivation for young ski fans »
5.01.2020 - For Marc Rochat (27), the Night Exhibition Slalom in Crans-Montana on Wednesday 15 January (17.15/19.15) is a dream opportunity to race at home. Thanks to his parents, who are both huge sports fans, the skier from Lausanne has often been able to follow his passion for skiing on the Valais Haut-Plateau pistes.
He was just two when he first put on skis, and at 15 he took part in his first FIS race. His progression was unfortunately slowed down due to several knee injuries. Therefore in the meantime he concentrated on obtaining his federal matriculation certificate.
His best World Cup season to date was in 2017/18 , when he finished in sixth place in the Kranjska Gora slalom. He finished in 28th place in the overall ranking for the discipline, and second in the European Cup. He topped it all with the title of Swiss slalom vice-champion, behind Ramon Zenhäusern.
Marc Rochat has much praise for the Crans-Montana slalom piste, which is wholly visible from the finish stadium. The local describes the Night Exhibition Slalom as excellent motivation for young people to become more familiar with skiing.
Video ( in French only): Laurent Morel/SkiActu
Luca Aerni : « An attractive meet for slalom specialists »
3.01.2020 - During the week that falls between the Adelboden and Wengen World Cup races, a host of slalom skiers from a variety of nations will be training in Crans-Montana.
On Wednesday 15 January, as part of this, a Night Exhibition Slalom will take place, with some of the best specialists in the world taking part, including two Swiss, Daniel Yule and Ramon Zenhäusern.
Luca Aerni, Crans-Montana ambassador, would have loved to take part too (see video). His absence is completely understandable: as a participant in the Alpine Combined on 17 January in Wengen, he has to take part in the scheduled Downhill training beforehand. In his opinion, this Exhibition Slalom is a great occasion for specialists in the discipline to demonstrate their skills in the two heats (17.15/19.15), taking it seriously, but to a degree in a relaxed manner, on the spectacular Crans- Montana slalom piste.
Admission is free! Food & drink will be available on the evening.
Further news about the experts that will be lining up on the Valais Haut-Plateau will follow up until 15 January.
Video (in French only) : Laurent Morel/SkiActu
Men’s Night Exhibition Slalom live on RTS SPORT and SRF SPORT
12.12.2019 - The Men’s Night Exhibition Slalom on Wednesday 15 January in Crans-Montana, with some of the best slalom skiers in the world present, has taken on a brand new dimension. The Radio Télévision Suisse RTS, the official competent broadcaster of the World Cup races on the Valais Haut-Plateau, will also be producing a TV programme for the Men’s Night Slalom. The two runs (17.15/19.15) will be broadcast live on RTS Sport and SRF Sport. Other TV stations are also interested, but have not yet been confirmed. Thanks to the Organising Committee’s initiative, Crans-Montana’s slalom piste, which is fully visible from the finish stadium, will be illuminated with high quality temporary lighting, to meet the demands of television. Therefore this rendez-vous, featuring specialists in the discipline, scheduled between the Adelboden and Wengen World Cup races, will be transformed into a spectacular and exciting event. The winner will take away the cool sum of 20,000 francs.
Wednesday 15 January 2020: the world slalom elite in Crans-Montana
21.11.2019 - The second major World Cup meet of the 2019/20 season next weekend, in Levi/Finland, is an opportune moment to note the men’s night slalom display taking place on Wednesday 15 January 2020 in Crans-Montana. Between the renowned classic World Cup races in Adelboden and Wengen, some of the best slalom specialists in the world will be present on the Haut-Plateau to demonstrate their mastery on the spectacular Mont Lachaux/Nationale slope, which is visible in full from the finish stadium. After two heats (17:15/19:15), the winner will receive a cool CHF 20,000.00.
The Crans-Montana World Cup organisation committee are working to ensure that this slalom is an attractive and fascinating “aperitif“, with free access, prior to the Women’s European Cup races (14-16 February) and the two World Cup races (22.02./Downhill and 23.02/Alpine Combined). – Our photo (Zoom agency): Daniel Yule and Loïc Meillard – two of the best Swiss skiers, who will probably be among the 30 slalom skiers selected for this night slalom.
A men’s night slalom exhibition in addition to the 2020 World Cup and European Cup races
7.05.2019 - The women’s World Cup races 2020 in Crans-Montana, which include a Downhill (22 February) and an Alpine Combined (23.02), as well as the women's’ European Cup with two Downhills (14 and 15 February) and a Super-G (16 February), will be preceded by a rendez-vous with the men. On Wednesday 15 January 2020, between two Men’s World Cup races taking place in the Bernese Oberland, in Adelboden and Wengen, the Organisation Committee for the FIS Alpine Ski races in Crans-Montana will be organising two heats of a night slalom exhibition, in close collaboration with the CMA Ski Lift Company and Swiss-Ski.
30 of the best national and international slalom athletes will be invited to take part in this race, which will take place on the spectacular Mont Lachaux/Nationale slalom piste. The prize money will be 40,000 Swiss francs. Training sessions are planned for the day before the race that is planned for Wednesday 15 January. The organisers aim to offer ski fans a third major alpine competition in addition to the annual FIS World Cup and European Cup races. This slalom exhibition is also a full-scale test for night races, in view of the World Championships that Crans-Montana/Valais are aiming to host. It is worth noting that the first time this race was held in the Haut-Plateau region was on this same piste on 16 January 2019.
An impressive podium for the first night slalom exhibition held in Crans-Montana in 2019 : 1st Clément Noël (FRA), 2nd Dave Ryding (GBR), 3rd Julien Lizeroux (FRA), 4th Andre Myhrer (SWE), 5th Marc Rochat (SWI).