The ski festival of the year is up and ready
Damen Ski Worldcup in Flachau
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The ski festival of the year is up and ready

FIS gibt nach Snow-Control grünes Licht für den AUDI FIS Skiweltcup Damennachtslalom in Flachau

In fünf Tagen ist es soweit, das Saisonhighlight im Damen-Weltcup-Kalender, der AUDI FIS Skiweltcup Nachtslalom, geht zum neunten Mal in Flachau im Snow Space Salzburg über die Bühne. Auch heuer warten auf alle Skifans wieder zwei spannende Slalom-Durchgänge und ein buntes Rahmenprogramm. Bevor nächste Woche, am Dienstag den 8. Jänner, der Weltcupzirkus Kurs auf Flachau nimmt und rund 15.000 Fans den Wintersportort in eine durchgehende Partymeile verwandeln, steht für unser Organisationskomitee noch jede Menge an Vorbereitungsarbeit auf der Tagesordnung.

Auf dem intensiven Weg hin zu einem echten Event-Highlight, haben wir eine Hürde bereits erfolgreich genommen:

Snow control in Flachau

The FIS is satisfied with the snow conditions in Flachau

Official inspection and approval of the piste, the so-called “Snow Control”, took place last Sunday, 30th December. The FIS (International Ski Federation) race committee, together with the FIS Race Director Markus Mayr, travelled to Flachau to check the current snow conditions on the World Cup slope named after one of the most famous and successful alpine skiers of all time and Flachau local Hermann Maier. I was also able to be part of this year’s snow control and believe me, it’s very reassuring to experience, how after looking at just a few metres of the piste, the FIS decided that the snow conditions here in Flachau are good enough and the piste was declared to be of a very good standard.


Piste preparation has been going on for two months now

Before the FIS gives its go-ahead for the ninth Audi FIS Womens‘ Night Slalom in Flachau, there’s plenty of work necessary on our part. Already in mid-November the first snow-making machines were put into operation. In order to ensure enough snow, the piste team placed over 50 snow canons on the World Cup piste alone. The goal was to create a perfect base of 60 to 80 centimetres of snow. This coming weekend work on the Hermann Maier FIS World Cup run goes into the final stages. Almost day and night the team of the USC Flachau, together with cable car company staff, work on perfecting the World Cup slope. Waves and transitions are prepared into the slope and watered using spray bars, so as to provide a pristine slalom piste on the evening of the race.

Snow control in Flachau
Snow control in Flachau

Stephan Tippelreither, he’s in charge of piste & snowmaking Snow Space Salzburg – Flachau, knows the secret for a perfect slalom piste: “It’s compact, firm snow with a higher water content than on public pistes, so that the piste offers ideal grip conditions”.

Up until the race itself the piste team grows steadily, so that on the 8th of January there are around 80 “sliders” and 75 run and gate marshals. They ensure the “finishing touch” and that all racers have similar conditions throughout the race.

To be honest, I can’t wait until it starts next week. Especially, as in addition to Bernadette Schild four Austrian Ski Team athletes are in best form and are ready to compete for the coveted title of “Snow Space Salzburg Princess“. Creating a real buzz of excitement at a home race, as it were.

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Photo credits: Snow Space Salzburg, Audi Fis Skiweltcup Damen Nachtslalom, TVB Flachau

Whether winter or summer - whether climbing harness or touring ski, since I was little the mountains are my favorite playground. I enjoy spending time together with friends in nature and I´m looking forward to share my adventures with you.

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