The fastest ski racers in the world will descend on Lake Louise for the first men’s downhill and super-G races of the World Cup season.

The Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup is notorious for its epic early season snow, the proximity fans have with the athletes and the intimacy of the hamlet of Lake Louise, nestled pristinely in Banff National Park.

Fans from across the globe will watch as these athletes take every risk to achieve the ultimate goal. Standing on the podium means dropping 800 vertical metres downhill at speeds up to 130 km/h on a three kilometre track in just about a minute and a half. Just as gritty is watching these athletes navigate the gates of a super-G as they do everything they can to keep their skis against the snow and carve through the ice. Fast and exciting, yes.

This is the only event of its kind in Canada and is broadcasted globally to 173 million viewers. Better yet, it’s free to watch from the finish at Lake Louise Ski Resort. No lift ticket required.