Downhill classic – The Lauberhorn downhill race in Wengen, Switzerland marks the start of World Cup skiing's Classic season.
Eiger sanction – The longest running race on the calendar takes place against the backdrop of the Eiger and its infamous north face (in shadow), scene of many feats of mountaineering heroism and tragedy.
Leg-jellying – The downhill is the longest on the circuit at about 2.85 miles and takes about two-and-a-half minutes from the start hut on the Lauberhorn mountain back into Wengen.
The course plunges back to Wengen against the backdrop of the Eiger and the mighty Monch and Jungfrau mountains in the Bernese Oberland.
Picturesque panorama – The race was first held in 1930 and regularly attracts about 35,000 fans to the spectacular venue.
One to win – Along with skiing's blue riband Kitzbuhel downhill the following week, Wengen is one title all racers want on their resume.
Speed trap – Wengen is the fastest course on the World Cup circuit with speeds of up to nearly 100 miles per hour. It is also about 30 seconds longer than the tough Kitzbuhel track.