World Cup Ski Races

Downhill SkierWengen is host to the annual Lauberhorn ski races (downhill, slalom, and combined) and are among the highest-attended winter sports events in the world, attracting around 30,000 spectators each year. It is the longest downhill race in the World Cup circuit, with a length of about 4.48 kilometres (2.78 mi); the typical World Cup downhill courses for men are 2.0 miles (3.2 km) or less. The course’s starting elevation is 2,315 metres (7,595 ft) above sea level and it descends 1,028 vertical metres (3,373 ft) to the finish at 1,287 metres (4,222 ft) in Wengen. Top speeds approach 160 km/h (99 mph) on the Haneggschuss, a straight 25–30 seconds from the finish. The highest speed ever measured in a FIS World Cup race was reached at this section in 2013 by Johan Clarey of France at 161.9 km/h (100.6 mph).

In 2018, the 88th running of the event will take place from 12 – 14 January. More information is available at http://www.lauberhorn.ch/en

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