The first World Cup races in Val Gardena took place in 1969 – then they held two stages, men’s (along the Saslong) and women’s (along the Cir). At first, a heated controversy erupted around the men’s downhill track – many experts of those years did not accept Saslong’s concept. For example, the Austrian skier Karl Schrantz refused to start, believing that the track is too easy (by the way, Schrantz developed the highest speed on it).
Indeed – before the advent of the descent to Val Gardena in skiing, a completely different concept prevailed – a minimum of control gates, but a maximum of hillocks and pits. In order to win, it was Continue reading