The 2016 Giant Slalom Men’s World Cup is now well underway. It took to the slopes at Sölden (Austria) back in October and after a break in November the action will be ramping up again over the next few weeks. Next up is Beaver Creek (US) on 6 December (check out the course profile and map) and then it is back to Europe the following weekend for Val d’Isere and Alta Badia before Christmas.
Ted Ligety (US) has made a storming start to the championship, winning in Austria. Ligety will be riding high at the moment and won’t be short of confidence heading back across the Atlantic. He has won at Beaver Creek in the past and must be feel good about doing well this time around.
Complete schedule of events:
- Oct 25 – Sölden, Austria
- Dec 6 – Beaver Creek, USA
- Dec 12 – Val d’Isere, France
- Dec 20 – Alta Badia, Italy
- Jan 10 – Adelboden, Switzerland
- Jan 31 – Garmisch, Germany
- Feb 13 – Naeba, Japan
- Feb 28 – Hinterstoder, Austria
- Mar 5 – Kranjska Gora, Slovenia
- Mar 19 – St. Moritz, Switzerland
After Day 1 Ted Ligety led the field with Frenchman Thomas Fanara in second place. Current champion, Marcel Hirscher of Austria trails in third place. Of course it is very early days and no-one is writing off his chances of retaining his crown just yet, remaining a huge favorite with the bookies. If Ligety puts in a strong performance at home this weekend he may build up the sort of momentum that carries him through to victory in the competition.
- Ted Ligety (US) 100
- Thomas Fanara (FR) 80
- Marcel Hirscher (AU) 60
- Roberto Nani (IT) 50
- Alexis Pinturault (FR) 45