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  • Writer's pictureRaúl Revuelta

Kranjska Gora Men's Alpine Ski World Cup Preview

Updated: Mar 5

Next weekend the last two Men's races of the Alpine Ski World Cup season before the Finals in Saalbach will be held in the Slovenian Ski Resort of Kranjska Gora.

March 9th Giant Slalom / Men 1st run 9:30 - 2nd run 12:30 CET (Canceled)

March 10th Slalom / Men 1st run 9:30 - 2nd run 12:30 CET

Update 05.03.2024. Due to unfavorable weather conditions and the safety situation, the Men's Alpine Ski World Cup Giant Slalom in Kranjska Gora (SLO) is canceled and will be replaced by the Slalom which was scheduled on Sunday.

Kranjska Gora is an alpine resort in Slovenia, near the mountains and glacial lakes of Triglav National Park. The Upper Sava Valley, one of the most beautiful Alpine valleys, lies in the north-westernmost part of Slovenia, right next to the tri-border with Austria and Italy.

The Vitranc Cup celebrates its 63rd anniversary in this year’s men’s Alpine Ski World Cup. Back in 1962, the first competitors descended the ski run from the top of Vitranc to its foothills along the upper reaches of the Sava Dolinka River. The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Tour stopped in Kranjska Gora for the first time in March 1968.

Since then 88 World Cup competitions have been carried out within the Vitranc Cup (46 GS, 41 SL, 1 ladies’ SL), 11 European Cup competitions (3 GS and 8 SL), and 20 FIS competitions at various levels.

Ted Ligety and Marcel Hirscher had won six times in Kranjska Gora. Ligety achieved all his wins in Giant Slalom.

Hirscher finished on the podium a record of 15 times in the Vitranc Cup.

The Podkoren racecourse is due to some blind turning, hanging terrain, and spectacular finish one of the most challenging race slopes in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.

Technical Data

  • Course Name: Podkoren 3

  • Start Elevation: 1278 m (Giant Slalom)  1035 (Slalom)

  • Finish Elevation: 843 m (Giant Slalom) 836 (Slalom)

  • Vertical Drop: 435 m (Giant Slalom) 199 (Slalom)

  • Max. slope: 59 % (Giant Slalom) 47% (Slalom)

Last season two Giant Slalom events were held in Kranjska Gora.

Marco Odermatt claimed another two Giant Slalom victories at Kranjska Gora.

In the first one, he finished 0.23 seconds ahead of Alexis Pinturault. Henrik Kristoffersen rounded out the podium in third place +0.37 seconds behind Odermatt.

The second event had the same protagonists with a change in positions. Marco Odermatt was again the winner. He finished 0.32 seconds ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen. Alexis Pinturault rounded out the podium in third place +0.70 seconds behind Odermatt.


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