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Who: The Canadian Alpine Ski Team athletes take on the fastest World Cup skiers from across the globe.
Where: The Lake Louise Ski Resort, Alberta, Canada
Schedule: Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup
Saturday, Nov. 26 - Audi FIS Ski World Cup men's downhill
Sunday, Nov. 27 - Audi FIS Ski World Cup men's Super G
Friday, Dec. 2 - Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies' downhill 1
Saturday, Dec. 3 - Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies' downhill 2
Sunday, Dec. 4 - Audi FIS Ski World Cup ladies' Super G
What’s at stake: The Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup is Canada's highest-profile alpine ski race and the first World Cup speed event of the season. The fastest skiers in the world compete in downhill and super-G in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. For Canadian alpine athletes, it’s their only chance of the season to win a World Cup on home soil.
Quick fact: The Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup was the first downhill course outside of Europe to be invited to join the prestigious Club 5. The Club 5 is a union of leading alpine ski race organizers and designates Lake Louise as one of the 15 classic downhill courses in the world. Other famous Club 5 courses include Gardena/Groden, Italy; Kitzbühel, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Val d’Isere, France, and Wengen, Switzerland.
Past Canadian Winterstart champions include:
2006 - John Kucera
2007 – Jan Hudec
2009 – Manuel Osborne-Paradis
Cheer on your team in person: Admission to the Lake Louise Winterstart World Cup is free, so grab a cow bell and your nation’s flag and watch some of the best ski racing in the world. Read more about local services and accommodations in Lake Louise.