Ladies Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup continues in Austria. Semmering hosts two races, a Giant Slalom on December 28 and a Slalom on December 29. Making its World Cup in 1995, the compact Austrian Spa Resort is the preserve of the queens of the snow, having never held a men's event. The world-renowned Hirschenkogel course on the Zauberbeg (Magic Mountain) is home to both the Giant Slalom and Slalom races, and as Europe's largest night skiing area the events are given a further magical aura under flood lights.
The Semmering ski resort is located in the Eastern Northern Limestone Alps at the pass connecting Lower Austria and Styria and extends on to the Hirschenkogel mountain. It is mainly used by skiers from Vienna, from where it can be reached within one hour, but increasingly also by people from Hungary and Slovakia. The Semmering-Hirschenkogel ski resort offers 24 kilometres of ski slopes of varying degrees of difficulties.