VIDEO: Italians top the podium in alpine ski world cup

Italy's Peter Fill overtook Norway's Kjetil Jansrud to win the season downhill title on Wednesday by finishing second to countryman Dominik Paris in the opening race of the World Cup Finals.

VIDEO: Italians top the podium in alpine ski world cup
Downhill champion Peter Fill in action. Photo: Sean M. Haffey / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Paris captured the final race of the campaign in 1:33.07 to edge Fill by .08 of a second with Swiss Carlo Janka third on 1:33.25 and Jansrud a distant 11th in Aspen.

Jansrud led Fill by 33 points in the downhill title chase entering the final race, but with 80 points for his runner-up effort, Fill finished on 454 with the Norwegian ending on 431.

The video below shows some of the highlights of the day for the Italian skiers.

It was the second World Cup downhill crown in a row for Fill, who last year became the first Italian to win the discipline, edging Aksel Lund Svindal by 26 points.

Paris, the first racer down the course, set the mark to beat that held all day and Fill, starting third, quickly grabbed second.

Jansrud, the World Cup Super-G winner who was fifth on the start list, could have clinched the crown by finishing ahead of Fill, but instead finished last to that point on 1:33.61, leaving both men to wait as other skiers tested the piste.

While rivals pushed Jansrud's place down the points list, none overtook the Italians from atop the podium.

Jansrud, the reigning Olympic Super-G champion who took a 2014 downhill bronze medal at Sochi, was the 2015 World Cup downhill and Super-G champion.

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Italy’s ski season begins with Covid green pass rules in place

Italy’s ski slopes have begun reopening with hopes that Covid-19 passes and other health measures will be enough to prevent closures this year.

Ski lifts in Italy require a health pass.
Ski lifts in Italy require a health pass this year. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Some of Italy’s biggest ski resorts opened for the new season on Wednesday, with Covid-19 green passes required when using ski lifts, social distancing measures in place at entrances and online booking required in some areas.

While Italy’s government did not specify that the green pass would be required on slopes or to take ski lifts this winter, this is one of the rules agreed in a protocol signed last month by Italy’s winter sports federation, association of chairlift operators and association of ski instructors.

The green pass requirement applies to everyone aged over 12 when accessing lifts, capacity is reduced to 80 percent for closed cable cars (open chairlifts can operate at full capacity), and masks are a requirement in all “common areas”, the protocol states.

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Italy’s Covid health certificate demonstrates that the holder has either been vaccinated, has recovered from the virus recently or has tested negative.

In the popular ski resort of Cervinia, on the Swiss border, local police and staff were checking green passes and identity documents and no crowds or problems were reported as the lifts opened for the start of the season on Wednesday morning, according to the AGI news agency.

Cervinia has also made it compulsory to buy ski passes online, though this is only a recommendation under the protocol.

At the moment in Cervinia it is only possible to ski on the Plateau Rosa and on the Swiss side, while slopes on the Italian side are still being prepared.

The Swiss government agreed with resorts on Tuesday that that health certificates will not be required on the country’s slopes or to take chairlifts.

In France, the health minister has said he is considering whether to make the health pass compulsory for using ski lifts.

Under rules set by the Italian government, the pass is a requirement for all customers aged over 12 at indoor bars and restaurants. Though not a requirement to enter hotels or accommodation, the pass is needed when accessing hotel restaurants and facilities such as spas.

In addition to the health pass requirement, the standard Italian health rules on masks and distancing will also be in place at all businesses.