Zermatt, Switzerland Proposing Longest World Cup Downhill Course

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The starting gate at Wengen, currently the longest race on the circuit. Credit: CBC

Officials in Zermatt are proposing a 3-mile long downhill racecourse that would be the longest ski race on the World Cup circuit, local media is reporting. 

The course on the men’s circuit could be ready to start in November 2022 and would connect Switzerland and Italy near the Matterhorn mountain.

The starting gate would be at 12,800-feet on the Swiss side of the border and drop 3,600-feet into Italy.

The current longest course is 2.73-miles in Wengen, also in Switzerland. Racers take around 150-secs to complete the course but its place on the circuit beyond next season is at risk in a financial dispute between race organizers and the Swiss ski federation.

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Zermatt, Switzerland

There are currently no European races before December, but the glaciers at Zermatt could allow November racing before the men’s circuit moves to North America for the traditional first World Cup speed races at Lake Louise, Canada, and Beaver Creek, CO.

Races must be proposed by a national ski body and approved by the International Ski Federation.

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  1. There are no other European speed events in November, but the traditional Soelden GS opener is in October.

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