Soelden, Austria, hosted its first World Cup in October of 1993 over the Halloween weekend – a fitting time of year given that spider web-laden race suits look like costumes in their own right. Anita Wacther of Austria and Frank Piccard of France walked away with the first ever victories there. It wasn’t until 2000 that the venue became an annual stop to mark the traditional start of the competition season. Since then the race has been canceled once for both genders, due to lack of snow in 2006, and once for the men in 2010 due to poor visibility from fog. Aside from that, it’s been green lights all the way since 2000.

This weekend will mark the 21st World Cup at Soelden. Cheers to many more memories like these!

Zielgelaende (Oetztal-Arena) // Image Credit: GEPA

Benjamin Raich (AUT) // Image Credit: GEPA

Kjetil Andre Aamodt (NOR) // Image Credit: GEPA

Bode Miller (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Didier Cuche (SUI) // Image Credit: GEPA

Bode Miller (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Zielgelaende (Oetztal-Arena) // Image Credit: GEPA

Hermann Maier (AUT) // Image Credit: GEPA

Marc Girardelli (LUX) // Image Credit: GEPA

Ted Ligety (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Guenther Mader, Christian Mayer (AUT) // Image Credit: GEPA

Ted Ligety (USA). // Image Credit: GEPA

Bode Miller (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Janica Kostelic (CRO), Tina Maze (SLO) und Anja Paerson (SWE) // Image Credit: GEPA

Anja Paerson (SWE) und Tina Maze (SLO) // Image Credit: GEPA

Kristina Koznick (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Julia Mancuso (USA), Denise Karbon (ITA) und Kathrin Zettel (AUT) // Image Credit: GEPA

Alberto Schieppati (ITA), Thomas Grandi (CAN), Ted Ligety (USA), Bode Miller (USA), Hermann Maier (AUT), Rainer Schoenfelder (AUT), Benjamin Raich (AUT), Francois Bourque (CAN), Massimiliano Blardone (ITA) und Fredrik Nyberg (SWE) // Image Credit: GEPA

Kalle Palander (FIN), Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) und Ted Ligety (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Ted Ligety (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) // Image Credit: GEPA

Lindsey Vonn (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) // Image Credit: GEPA

Lara Gut (SUI) // Image Credit: GEPA

Federica Brignone (ITA) // Image Credit: GEPA

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