First World Cup Downhill course in the Pyrenees
The Downhill and Super-G speed disciplines are contested in the Àliga competition area in the El Tarter sector of Grandvalira. It was the sporting epicentre of the 2016 World Cup and also the venue along with the Avet course for the 2019 World Cup Finals.
In 2016, this piste debuted at the World Cup, placing the Grandvalira ski area within the select club of the best resorts in the world. Federica Brignone (ITA) in the Super-G and Marie-Michèle Gagnon (CAN) in the Combined Alpine events took first places in the Àliga's debut.
In 2016 it was possible thanks to a team of 100 staff members and 300 volunteers who gave their best to bring about an excellent result. More than 10,000 viewers around the world were able to enjoy a spectacular live broadcast in more than 15 countries and deferred broadcast in more than 35.
Like Avet, the Àliga course is already preparing to be the venue of a World Cup Finals again in 2023 where, after the success achieved in the first event of 2019, the organization expects to be able to surpass the great results obtained on that occasion.
Over the last few years, Àliga, in the El Tarter sector, has been carrying out conditioning work in order to guarantee both the safety of skiers and to offer maximum spectacle, exceeding speeds in competition of 130 km/h. The course, with a total distance of about 2.8 km, ends in the village of El Tarter, so fans can walk to the finish line to enjoy the competition.
Àliga is already looking forward to becoming one of the venues for the first Alpine World Ski Championships in Andorra in 2027.
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