FIS Alpine Ski World Cup / Eurosport

I’ll admit that I’m a total Ski Bore and can talk about it and watch it for hours on end (it’s my husband’s fault as he got me into it).

If like me, you can’t wait for the BBC’s Ski Sunday to come around again in January (and then it’s only on for about 5/6 weeks), you need to watch Eurosport.

This is available on most Sky TV subscriptions and shows lots of different types of European sports.  But at this time of year, it is dominated by Skiing as the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup starts each year in late October and runs until March/April the following year – so you are never short of fabulous ski events to watch!

Competitors attempt to achieve the best time in four disciplines: slalom, giant slalom, Super G, and downhill. The fifth event, the combined, employs the downhill and slalom.

The World Cup is held annually, and is considered the premier competition for alpine ski racing after the quadrennial Winter Olympics. Many consider the World Cup to be a more valuable title than the Olympics or the biennial World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several disciplines throughout the season, and not just in one race.

Races are mainly hosted in the Alps, with regular stops in Scandinavia and North America.  This keeps me entertained all through the winter – but unfortunately watching world class skiers doesn’t seem to improve my technique much!!

Ones to watch this year are:

Lindsey Vonn (USA) – now she has recovered from serious injury, which kept her off the circuit for one or two seasons, she seems to be an unstoppable machine again.  She was dating Tiger Woods of all people (didn’t she see all the stories about him)!  Surprise surprise, they’ve broken up so her skiing will hopefully be great this season.

Aksel Lund Svindel (Norway) – another skiier recovering from injury. But this year he’s back and is a class act to watch.   He’s already on top of the leaders board so far this year!