The resort of Levi in Finland is to host the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup for the fifth time Nov. 12-14.

The World Cup opening will once again fill the ski resort with athletes from 21 international teams. The event features two world cup races: the women's slalom competition Saturday and men's slalom competition Sunday.

More than 20,000 spectators are expected to come to Levi to follow the event. The award ceremony will take place immediately after both races at the finish area.

Skiing in Levi begins October/November each year, depending on snow. Levi is offering a discounted pre-season ski pass rate until Nov. 30 for €17.50 a day. Ski passes are charged at 'winter price' - €32 per person - between Dec. 1 and Feb. 17; and from Feb. 18 to April 30, it's 'spring price' at €35 per person.

Levi has a total of 45 varied pistes covering 44 kilometres. Pistes are colour-coded differently to the Alps: blue for beginners, red for basics, black for experts, and green for transition routes. Taking skiers up the fell are two gondolas, one chairlift, 14 T-bar lifts, six stick lifts for children, and four rope lifts for children.

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