Audi FIS Ski World Cup
The womens' Audi FIS Ski World Cup takes place in St. Moritz in 2021. It’s one of the prime events for ladies’ skiing at an international level. St. Moritz, the famous resort in the mountains, will once again welcome the world’s best female ski athletes as they compete for much-coveted World Cup points in two Super-G races.
COVID-19 measures at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup
St. Moritz is ready to host this event under exceptional conditions. The COVID-19 situation this year requires a strict safety protocol and hygiene measures in order to safeguard everybody involved and to prevent a further spread of coronavirus. This year, there will not be any spectators present in the finish area, however, people can watch from other locations along the track.
St Moritz and its history of winter sports
St. Moritz is one of the most renowned holiday destinations in the world. It stands for style, sport and high quality, at 1.856 metres above sea level, in the stunning lake region of the Upper Engadine. Switzerland’s first electric light, its first ski school and its first electrically-powered trams figure among the area's many pioneering feats. Not only that but St. Moritz has also been lauded for the quality of its mineral springs, which have been acknowledged for around 3.000 years.
The origins of winter sports go back to the late 19th century after English visitors undertook the daring winter journey to St. Moritz by horse-drawn sleigh. Along with skiing, early visitors to St. Moritz also enjoyed ice skating and curling. In 1882 the first ice-skating competition was held. Then followed, in quick succession, the founding of the first curling club, the tobogganing club and others.
Bandy (the forerunner of ice hockey) was also played in St. Moritz. The first bobsleighs were invented and constructed there - the oldest bobsleigh track in the world being the nearby St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic Bobrun. At the start of the 20th century, the area was a fertile ground for all kinds of winter sports activities.
Furthermore, the Olympic Winter Games made St. Moritz world-famous. For St. Moritz and the Engadine region, these games - during the economic crisis at the end of the 1920s, plus three years after the end of the Second World War - were of immense importance. The games were on a significantly smaller scale than those of today, but they made St. Moritz famous throughout the world as an Olympic venue in a dazzling alpine valley on the rooftop of Europe.
Attending Audi FIS Ski World Cup
St. Moritz is easy to get to via public transportation. The train journey from Zurich to St. Moritz lasts about 3 hours. The train journey from Basel, Bern, Lucerne or Milan to St. Moritz takes around 4,5 hours.
A massive advantage of the track on St. Moritz's closest mountain Corviglia is the fact that races can be witnessed along the course almost continuously from start to finish, free of charge. Spectators won't be permitted to gather at the finish line, however, owing to COVID-19 health and safety measures.
In the ski area and on the slopes the safety rules of Engadin St. Moritz mountains apply: spectators are urged to respect the current measures and make sure they keep their distance from others. Check out the Audi FIS Ski World Cup website for more information.