Nestled in the most quintessentially Bavarian region of Bavaria, Ofterschwang made its debut as a host on the women’s World Cup in 2001 and also hosted technical events in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
An agricultural region, especially for milk, Ofterschwang in the region of Allgäu is characterized by rolling green hills and grazing cows in the summer time.
The course on the Ofterschwanger Horn is not known to be one of the more technical on the ladies’ circuit but has a steep final pitch preceded by a knob over which racers get a clear glimpse of the finish line that typically makes for an exciting end to each run. A new snowmaking system has been put in place to ensure the best conditions for the giant slalom and slalom races. The GS course is 1,245 meters in length with a 380-meter vertical drop while the slalom is 510 meters with a 210-meter vertical drop.
It was Austrian Kathrin Zettel who claimed victory in the GS when the tour last came through Ofterschwang in 2009, while France’s Sandrine Aubert won the slalom. The previous year, Italian Denise Karbon was the GS winner as Austrian Marlies Schild won the slalom.
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