Italian Ups & Downhills: One Olympic Skier's Fave & Feared World Cup Stops

14th January 2014 | Travis Ganong

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Looking back up at the takeoff of the Camel Jumps, Val Gardena.  - ©Travis Ganong

Looking back up at the takeoff of the Camel Jumps, Val Gardena.
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Looking back up at the takeoff of the Camel Jumps, Val Gardena.  - ©Travis Ganong
Travis Ganong got a chance to meet up with girlfriend, Marie-Michele Gagnon between World Cup races to unwind a bit. Here they are exploring Innsbruck.  - ©Travis Ganong

Travis Ganong got a chance to meet up with girlfriend, Marie-Michele Gagnon between World Cup races to unwind a bit. Here they are exploring Innsbruck.
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Travis Ganong got a chance to meet up with girlfriend, Marie-Michele Gagnon between World Cup races to unwind a bit. Here they are exploring Innsbruck.  - ©Travis Ganong
Looking down a dark and bumpy Bormio. - ©Travis Ganong

Looking down a dark and bumpy Bormio.
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Looking down a dark and bumpy Bormio. - ©Travis Ganong
According to Olympian Travis Ganong, the best pasta on the planet can be found at the Hotel Alpino Plan in Val Gardena. - ©Travis Ganong

According to Olympian Travis Ganong, the best pasta on the planet can be found at the Hotel Alpino Plan in Val Gardena.
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According to Olympian Travis Ganong, the best pasta on the planet can be found at the Hotel Alpino Plan in Val Gardena. - ©Travis Ganong
As always a very white and snowy drive to Borimo. Note to self: come back and powder ski here.  - ©Travis Ganong

As always a very white and snowy drive to Borimo. Note to self: come back and powder ski here.
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As always a very white and snowy drive to Borimo. Note to self: come back and powder ski here.  - ©Travis Ganong
We had to start lower in Bormio this year becuase there was too much fresh snow! - ©Travis Ganong

We had to start lower in Bormio this year becuase there was too much fresh snow!
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We had to start lower in Bormio this year becuase there was too much fresh snow! - ©Travis Ganong
Looking back at the Saslong. The downhill start is on the little knob below and to the far right side of the big rock. - ©Travis Ganong

Looking back at the Saslong. The downhill start is on the little knob below and to the far right side of the big rock.
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Looking back at the Saslong. The downhill start is on the little knob below and to the far right side of the big rock. - ©Travis Ganong
Panorama in Val Gardena. That big rock in the middle is the Saslong, where the downhill track got its name.  - ©Travis Ganong

Panorama in Val Gardena. That big rock in the middle is the Saslong, where the downhill track got its name.
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Panorama in Val Gardena. That big rock in the middle is the Saslong, where the downhill track got its name.  - ©Travis Ganong