A legendary course
The Avet course in the Soldeu sector of Grandvalira has been the scene in recent years of the Alpine Skiing World Cups held in 2012, 2016 and the 2019 World Cup Finals, making it a national icon today. The competition area hosts the disciplines of slalom and giant slalom and its classic layout was approved by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in October 2007.
Marlies Schild (AUT) and Tessa Worley (FRA) went down in history as the first winners of a World Cup event in Andorra in 2012 in the slalom and giant slalom, respectively. That year, nearly 14,000 people enjoyed the excitement and spectacle never seen before in the Principality.
2019 was an unprecedented challenge that concluded with sporting and media success for the Principality. The recognition this provided was a guarantee for committing to new World Cup Finals, those already set in the 2023 calendar of the great white circus.
The World Cup Finals in 2019 received coverage worth 17.2 million euros in international media, with 35 million live viewers, figures higher than classic venues such as Kitzbühel (AUT) or Wengen (SUI). A total of 38 television channels from 23 countries broadcast the event live. These and other figures have earned Andorra respect within the club of the world’s most prestigious resorts.
The Avet course is currently a piste connected more than ever with the town of Soldeu thanks to the construction of a ski platform of 14,000 m2 inaugurated in the winter season 2018–2019 that, in addition to expanding the area of the piste for braking, has made it possible to provide the finish area with all those elements necessary to host the technical tests of the World Cup with maximum guarantees.
On the other hand, the Soldeu sector, thanks to this new arrival area, has been able to expand its parking capacity with 450 new spaces, thus making Soldeu a first-class resort at the foot of the piste.
The most emblematic piste in Andorra is already looking forward to becoming one of the venues for the first Alpine World Ski Championships in 2029.
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