The Night Slalom racing track of Madonna di Campiglio awaits the challenge on December 22nd
After the recent heavy snowfalls on the Brenta Dolomites and the whole Trentino, Madonna di Campiglio is ready to welcome the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup with its best dress, crowned by more than one meter of snow. For this reason, the ritual "snow control" by the Ski International Federation (FIS) on the Canalone Miramonti slope, the scene of the World Cup night slalom on December 22nd, was a simple process.
The programme is therefore confirmed for what promises to be a great show as always. This edition will be enjoyed exclusively on television, due to current regulations for the COVID-19 emergency forcing the organizers to hold the event behind closed doors, to protect the safety of athletes, teams, media and fans. First run scheduled at 17.45, the second run at 20.45.
“Snow is always good news in Madonna di Campiglio, even in a strange season like this - said Course Director Adriano Alimonta - even though the heavy snowfalls of the last days are forcing us to put on some extra work. To preserve the snowpack, we decided to work only with the fresh snow, abundantly fallen during the last few days, and not produce more artificial snow".
"The work is not yet finished, but we are optimistic," continued Alimonta. - "The water injections on the slope are scheduled for Wednesday 16th, then it is clear that the weather conditions for the next week will make the difference. This year as well, the Canalone Miramonti will offer a highly-technical race: it is going to be the usual thrilling show, from the first to the last pole".
The odds for the night slalom of Madonna seems more uncertain than ever. The athletes will face the Canalone Miramonti with only one slalom race under their belt, just twenty-four hours prior in Alta Badia, therefore with little indications about the marks on the field.
The winner of the last two editions, Swiss Daniel Yule, will try to earn a special place in the history of the 3Tre, like Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, first in 2015 and 2016. Behind Ingemar Stenmark (5 victories), only one athlete has been able to conquer three editions of the slalom in Madonna, Alberto Tomba.
The Italian hopes are pinned on Alex Vinatzer. Fifteen years after the last Italian success on the Canalone Miramonti signed by Giorgio Rocca, the South Tyrolean will try to join the 'club' of the giants of the slalom, whilst experienced Stefano Gross and Giuliano Razzoli will be hoping to crack the top positions as well.