Skiing, Rock ‘n Roll Highlight Alpine Rockfest
Paganella Ski Resort in the Italian Dolomites is the site for the Alpine Rockfest Dec. 20, 2012, featuring some of the world’s best skiers in an exhibition race followed by a rock concert.
Twenty international Olympic skiers will participate, including Ted Ligety and Bode Miller of the U.S., Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway, and Cyprien Richard of France. The race format is a Sprint Giant Slalom and includes a jump over an automobile.
The skiers race in four successive rounds with five athletes being eliminated in each round. The final “winner take all” round consists of the last five skiers. The winner gets a single cash prize of £70,000 (U.S. $112,630).
“Alpine Rockfest is about taking ski racing forward as professional sports entertainment,” event organizer Phil McNichol says.
The après ski race, held in the finish area, is followed by the concert featuring the rocker group Bastard Sons of Dioniso, the Reggae band Rebel Rootz, and the emerging Italian rock group, Le Origini Della Specie.
Admission to the event is free. It will be televised as a two-hour live program on EuroSport.
Photo: Alpine Rockfest, Italy