World Cup

Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening

The World Cup races in Zermatt/Cervinia on 29/30 October and 5/6 November 2022 will be the season opener for speed athletes.

The first cross-border races in the history of the Ski World Cup will be held on the "Gran Becca" course. The run, which starts on Gobba di Rollin above Zermatt in Switzerland and finishes in Laghi Cime Bianche above Cervinia in Italy, stretches over four kilometres and almost 1,000 metres in altitude.

The clock is ticking! Countdown to the first race:

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In addition to the races on the «Gran Becca», various events take place in the two villages of Cervinia and Zermatt. The events of the men's race weekend (28.-30. October 2022)  will take place live in Zermatt and the events of the women's race weekend (4.-6. November 2022) in Cervinia. However, all events will be transmitted via livestream to the other village.

All events and livestreams in Zermatt are located at the Matterhorn Plaza.

    

Downhills Men

Thursday, 27.10.2022

17:00 - 22:00 Warmup party and main rehearsal

Friday, 28.10.2022

17:00 - 22:00   Genderbüebu, DJ Cale and DJ Base19:00: Bib drawing 1st downhill race

Saturday, 29.10.2022

11:00 - 22:00  the Sixties Club, DJ Cale and DJ Base11:45 Public Viewing 1st downhill race
19:00 Prize giving ceremony
19:30 Bib drawing 2nd downhill race

Sunday, 30.10.2022

11:00 - 16:00  DJ Cale and DJ Base11:45 Public Viewing 2nd downhill race

  

Downhills Women

Friday, 04.11.2022

17:00 - 22:00 Grüezi Italia, DJ Detta and DJ Base
19:00 Bib drawing 1st downhill race*

Saturday, 05.11.2022

11:00 - 22:00 SchoccoRocco, DJ Detta and DJ Base
11:30 Public Viewing 1st downhill race
19:00 Pize giving ceremony*
19:30 Bib drawing 2nd downhill race*

Sunday, 06.11.2022

11:00 - 16:00 DJ Detta and DJ Base
11:30 Public Viewing 2nd downhill race

*Livestream from Italy

The finish area of the race is located at Laghi Cime Bianche (2810m), which can be reached from:

Zermatt (CH):

  • Via lifts from Zermatt (1620m) to Trockner Steg (2939m) and from Trockner Steg to Klein Matterhorn (3883m)
  • From klein Matterhorn you ski/board down to Testa Grigia (red slope). The Ventina slope remains closed to the public as it is part of the race. To access the finish area you can use the cable car from Testa Grigia to Laghi Cime Bianche. You can leave your skis on the top station. From the cable car station it’s a 150m walk to the finish area.
  • Estimated time 75min
  • Only people in possession of an entry ticket can access the Testa Grigia cable
  • Checks will be conducted
  • Ski gear is mandatory
  • Start cable cars at 8.30
  • Admission finish area from 9.00
  • Race start at 11.45 (men) and 11.30 (women)
  • Last ascent from the finish area (Laghi Cime Bianche) back to Test Grigia 15.30
  • Last descent from Trockner Steg back to Zermatt 16.30
Finish area
WC Gebiet

Further Information

The course

The course, which starts at 3,800 metres above sea level and finishes at 2,865 metres above sea level, was designed by Didier Défago, 2010 Olympic downhill champion. Covering 935 metres of altitude over four kilometres, the maximum speed is around 135 km/h. All the athletes will tackle the same piste, with the women's start slightly below the men's.

As the new 3S cable car from Testa Grigia to the Klein Matterhorn, which will connect Cervinia and Zermatt all year round, cannot be completed until spring 2023, the start will be moved further down. The men's downhill in 2022 will take place in Zermatt at an altitude of 3,700 m. The finish in Cime Bianche, Cervinia, is at 2,835 m.

The name "Gran Becca"

In Valtournenche, Italy, the Matterhorn is often referred to as "Gran Becca" – the big peak – in the local dialect. The shape of the "Gran Becca" will be visible on the entire race course and will stay with the athletes all the way to the finish in Laghi Cime Bianche. The name of the new race course is a reminder of the affection the residents of Valtournenche have developed for the Matterhorn over decades.

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