The first parallel slalom alpine ski competitions were held in Moscow on January 2, 2009 and attracted a great deal of interest. On race day, at least 30,000 viewers visited the site in Sparrow Hills in front of Moscow State University where the giant ramp was erected. The design of the ramp itself, about 60 meters tall, 200 meters long, almost 20 meters wide, and brightly lit from all sides, made for a particularly festive atmosphere.