Soelden in Austria is the traditional setting for the FIS World Cup alpine skiing season-opener.
The men's and women's giant slalom races take place on the Rettenbach glacier, high above the village in the Otz valley.
US star Mikaela Shiffrin pushes out of the starting gate at Soelden in 2017.
But there is more to Soelden than just timing gates and skin-tight lycra. With 144 kilometers of runs and plentiful off-piste, it is a perfect setting for an alpine getaway, just 80 kilometers from Innsbruck.