In autumn 2022, the time has come: the first cross-border ski World Cup race in the history of the World Cup will be held on the «Gran Becca» course, newly designed by Olympic downhill champion Didier Défago! While the finish is in Cervinia (Laghi Cime Bianche), Italy, the start is above Zermatt (Gobba di Rollin) in Switzerland - at 3800 metres. That makes the Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening not only the highest downhill race in the World Cup calendar but also the first ever Alpine Ski World Cup on a glacier, (with two thirds of the course on the glacier).
The World Cup races in Zermatt/Cervinia will take place on 29/30 October and 5/6 November 2022 - immediately after the World Cup opener in Sölden. The programme includes two downhill runs each for the men and women. The Matterhorn Cervino Speed Opening thus opens the World Cup season for speed athletes, allowing them to start the season a month earlier than before.