Kvitfjell is a ski resort in the municipality of Ringebu, in the heart of Norway. Ringebu is the eastern most municipality of the Oppland County. To its northwest is Sør-Fron, to the east is Hedmark, to the southwest is Gausdal and directly south is Øyer. The settlement was officially recognized as a municipality in 1838.
The name Kvitfjell means White Mountain, and the location has been a venue for the FIS alpine skiing world cup for more than a decade. In 1994, when Lillehammer hosted the Winter Olympics Kvitfjell was the location for the both the men and ladies downhill, combined and super g disciplines.
The area is one of the most modern ski resorts, and about 85% of the skiable area is covered by artificial snow. As a touristic resort Kvitfjell offers both alpine and Nordic sites. The area has over 120km of cross-country courses and about 20km of downhill skiing. The ski runs are covered by three chairlifts, two T-bar lifts, three telescopic lifts and a mobile belt. The area boasts 18 ski runs. Seven of which are green labeled and ideal for the young children and those just beginning to learn how to ski. Four blue labeled runs, longer and more challenging than the green runs, but still easy enough not to scare off beginners.
There are also 4 red labeled runs, intended for the inter-mediate and advance skiers. Finally the area also has 3 black labeled runs, which will provide a challenge for even the most experienced. The lowest point of Kvitfjell is 185 meters above seas level, whilst the highest is 1025 meters above sea level. The longest individual run is slightly over 3.5km in length.
Once again it is the Austrians who have dominated the men's skiing. Of the 30 Alpine World Cup races which have been held at this venue, Austrians have won exactly half, with the USA in second place with five wins. Italy is third, having triumphed on four occasions, followed by the host nation, Norway, who has won on three occasions so far. Switzerland has claimed two victories, and France is the final nation to have had a victor in Kvitfjell, up till now.
The first race at this venue was held on the 19th of March 1993, which was a downhill event, in the same weekend there was a second downhill race and a super-g race. The weekend was a trial for the Olympics, which were to be held the following year. On this occasion Norwegian Aamodt won the super-g, whilst the two downhill winners were Austrian Assinger and France's sole victor Duvillard.
The World Cup did not stop off in Kvitfjell again until two years later, on the 10th of March 1995. On this occasion two races were held, one downhill and one super-g. The following season the event was staged in both Kvitfjell and nearby Hafjell, which had been another venue for the 94 Winter Olympics. At this combined venue 4 races were held, the slalom and giant slalom at Hafjell whilst the usual super-g and downhill were held in Kvitfjell.
The youngest winner at Kvitfjell was Slovenian Josef Strobl, who won the super-g back on the 7th of March 1997 aged 23 and 3 days, his date of birth being the 3rd of March 1974. The youngest winner of the downhill was Austrian Andreas Schifferer, who set the record on the 5th of March 1999, aged 24, his 25th birthday not being until the 3d of August.
The oldest skier to win in the downhill discipline in Kvitfjell was Hannes Trinkl of Austria, back in 2002 on the 2nd of March. At the time Hannes was 34 years old, his 34th birthday coming just over a month before the race, on the 1st of February. The oldest super-g winner was another Austrian, a true veteran, Hermann Maier, who won the SG on the 6th of March 2005, at an age of32, his birthday being on the 7th of December.