Youth race training, hosted ski days (and long lunches) for mum & dad, and visit three famous Alpine World Cup Races.
Alpine skiing in Europe is like rugby is to Kiwis, like soccer to the British and like American footie is to the American’s. It’s simply the most watched, enjoyed and revered winter sport in almost every European country. To be on the Ski Alpine World Cup circuit is to be a rock star in your local country and to podium in the big races like Kitzhbuhel, Schladming or Cortina for the women assures that rock start status. The Siamo World Cup week trip is absolute unique in combining race for the kids, a family ski holiday and the incredible excitement of being immersed in three of the biggest events on the calendar with thousands and thousands of spectators.
Running our famous World Cup Week(s) tour is not a job for us. We would do this trek ourselves with or without and have done year after year – and it just keeps getting better! The mens races of Kitzbuhel and Schladming in the ski racing mecca of Austria are so exciting I think I will pop just writing this and there is no other event likes the Cortina Queen of Speed for getting so close to the athletes. If you have aspiring ski racers this is the ultimate way to really inspire them for this sport.
In between the big events the kids train with some of the best coaches in the world. Your kids will train in a private camp with Italian coaches doing a mixture of technical, free skiing and gate training. In the evening there is often dry land activities such as rock climbing, ice skating, hot pools or ski specific stretching and agility organised. This, however, is also a family ski holiday so while mum and dad ski with our Siamo guides we will often meet up for lunches together, afternoon family skis or skiing in the same slopes as the kids are training.
World Cup Week - Family Ski Race Camp Itinerary
13th or 14th January: Arrive Venice and transfer to Cortina
Your Siamo local guides will meet you in Venice and whisk you 2 hours north into Dolomite mountains in our luxury van.
You are free to spend that evening wandering around the charming carless village, try your first authentic local Italian pizza and for those that need it we can organise ski hire gear.
If you arrive on the 13th we will have a leisurely family ski day on Sunday 14th after organising lift passes and a bit of orientation.
15th - 18th January: Epic skiing and training
It is straight into some serious race training for the kids and skiing, eating and drinking for mum and dad. Days are co-ordinated so that everyone may meet up for lunch and often group skiing in the afternoon. In the mornings the kids will do a combination of gates and technical skiing on the different slopes with our amazing Italian race coaches. Mum and dad can ski with or without or Siamo guides to show them the best runs, the best coffee spots and most importantly the best refugios for long lunches.
After skiing there will often be some dryland activities organised for the kids such as rock climbing, ice skating, swimming or some ski specific stretch and agility exercises. Mum and dad can snooze or take a relaxing apres ski drink in one of the many bars in town.
19th January: Mens Super G Kitzbuhel
We leave Cortina earlier than early for our three hour drive to Kitzbuhel, Austria and the mens Super G race.
Once in Kitzbuhel it is all go. World Cup weekend is the time for the crazies to come out and play with fan and race team parades through town as bars spill out on to the street and live music plays from every street corner. We arrive in town with plenty of time to get a perfect position to watch the racing and grab some bratwurst and beer for breakfast!
After racing we will find somewhere to hide away for the crowds for an authentic Austrian schnitzel the size of a small building and a beer the size of two small buildings!!! The afternoon can be spent wandering the streets and checking out the parades, shops and live music before we head to the massive ceremony that is the bib draw from tomorrows main event - the downhill! Mum and dad might want to party on late into the night tonight while we escort our budding races back to the hotel.
20th January: Mens Downhill Kitzbuhel
This is what we can for. If you think yesterday's Super G was crazy wait for today's downhill. The jumps just seem bigger, the crashes worse and the crowd really does go wild. This is the race to inspire your kids with over 100,000 people in the crowd celebrating the big men of ski racing.
Unfortunately, despite the razzle and dazzle it's all over in a flash and while the party rocks on late into the night we shoot off mid after and race back to Cortina hopefully in time to catch the prize giving for the women's downhill and bib draw for the next days Super G in the centre of town. This is a cool event where the kids crowd the stage and can get really close to the likes of Lindsey Vonn and Lara Gut.
21st January: Women's Super G Cortina
With the way the dates have worked this year (races are compressed because of the Olympics) we miss the Cortina downhill Queen of Speed, but we make up for it by getting in amongst the womens Super G. This is such a fantastic event as it is one of the rare races where the kids can get really close to the athletes to pick up supporters cards, grab a self with the best of the best or have their helmets and jackets signed.
After racing depending on how everyone feels we will head out for a family ski and will a lovely late long table lunch at one of our very favourite refugios.
With the madness of the last three days behind us most prefer to crawl into bed early tonight as week two means no rest for anyone.
22nd January: Ski and train Cortina
Inspired by the weekends racing it is back into training for the kids today. Their motivation is so high after seeing the rock stars of skiing in action and we can take advantage of this with an early start and some gate training.
Mum and dad however enjoy a more leisurely start - assuming their is not fresh powder again and then sorry but it is ski, ski ski. We will ski somewhere close to home maybe giving mum and dad the option of a soak and sauna at one of the local spas while the kids do dryland activities.
23rd January: Ski Cortina - Schladming night slalom
OMG! This day will blow everyone's minds.
We will have a short morning of skiing and training before departing just before lunch for our 3 hour drive to Schladming with a number of stops along the way for some chocolate at the Loaker factory and stocking up on regional wines. We aim to arrive in Schladmin no later than 4pm and then it is straight into town when the craziness is well underway with live music, outdoor bars and fan club parades. We think this is our favourite ski race on the whole World Cup circuit. Think football match meets skiing. Expect over 100,000 strong crowd, singing and chanting, flares burning and if Marcel Hirscher, the local man himself, is on song the Austrians will be maniacal (again)!
It is hard to get to bed before midnight with the excitement and adrenalin running through the kids bodies.
24th January: Skiing Monte Elmo
What are we thinking? It was a late night and we follow it up with an early start so that we can be skiing the huge resort of Monte Elmo on our way back to Cortina. Our coaches will meet us and accompany everyone on a family days skiing of beautiful long runs through tree lined slopes and into German speaking Italy.
We ski for about two hours (stopping for coffees of course) to the far side of the resort for a speciality lunch of dumplings or pork knuckle before the trek back. Our coaches will do some technical skiing with the kids but generally it is one big family ski - who knows even mum and dad might get some pointers.
25th - 26th January: Cortina skiing and training
Back in our home town base of Cortina and back to training for the kids and more epic skiing for mum and dad. With over 1,200 ski lifts on our passes we won't have touched even half the slopes so if the legs are still willing it is time for mum and dad to clock up some kilometres and explore some of the slopes further afield such as Marmolada (the 3,600 metre glacier), the 70km Sella Ronde, Kronplatz and Alta Badia. As the week draws to a close there is just one job to be done - a fast ski from top to bottom non-stop of the womens World Cup course from the previous week. This will really put into perspective the leg burning athleticism of the racing girls. For us it is a question of shear stamina - will fast and furious last out over slow and steady!
27th or 28th January: Depart Venice
Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and your Siamo hosts will do the shuttle runs to Venice airport over these two days to match your flights or onward itineraries.