Zermatt and Cervinia are this year’s venues for the first downhill World Cup of the year. In 2022, four planned speed races at the new track in Zermatt-Cervinia had to be canceled due to a lack of snow, but in 2023, ski enthusiasts can finally look forward to exciting races from the ski elite. The World Cup races will take place over two consecutive weekends in November, on the 11th and 12th of November 2023, and the 18th and 19th of November 2023. The first weekend will feature the men’s downhills, while the women will compete on the second weekend.
The spectacular track was designed by Didier Défago, the downhill Olympic champion of 2010. On this downhill, the maximum speed will be an impressive 135 km/h. Both men and women will tackle the same course, although the women’s start is a little below that of the men.
Thanks to the new 3S cable car from Testa Grigia to the Klein Matterhorn, athletes and guests can easily reach the start and the finish area from Switzerland and Italy. The start at Gran Becca is located at a majestic height of 3,720 meters, making it the highest race track in the entire World Cup. The course leads mostly over the glacier and through breathtaking rock landscapes, and it offers pure gliding sections, large and fast downhill curves, as well as technical sections with high speed and varied jumps. The finish at Cime Bianche, Cervinia, is at an altitude of 2,835 meters.
We look forward to breathtaking downhills and exciting races when the downhill World Cup opens its doors at the Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening 2023 in Zermatt and Cervinia.